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Disney’s Newsies

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein

Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker & Noni White
Originally produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions

DISNEY’S NEWSIES is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the intrepid reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of young people.

From the award winning minds of Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) and four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Kinky Boots), you’ll be singing along to the hit songs “King of New York”, “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe.”

  • Run Dates June 1-17, 2018
  • Appropriate Ages 6+
  • Duration 2 hours with an intermission

Show Program

Cast & Credits


Jack Kelly – Andrew Wright
Katherine Plumber – Torisa Walker
Crutchie – Jake Parker
Davey – Marcel Daly
Romeo/Dance Captain – Fran Adrianto
Joseph Pulitzer – Patrick Wolfe
Medda Larkin/Nun – Zhomontee Watson
Bowery Beauty/Nun/Newsie – Samantha Zarders
Hannah/Bowery Beauty/Nun – Rachel Busse
Teddy Roosevelt/Newsie – Jonathan Algeroy
Seitz/Bunsen/Snyder/Wiesel/Jacobi – Manny Oñate
Nunzio/Stage Manager/Mayor/Darcy – Jordan Smith
Henry/Finch/Spot Conlon – Garrett Griffin
Oscar Delancey/Newsie – Ben Adams*
Morris Delancey/Newsie – Wayne Hudson*
Race – Cody Drap*
Les – Winston Schneider*
Albert – Liam Brenzel
Specs/Bill – Payton Johnson*
Elmer – Dina Saltzman*
Mush – Camryn Jordan*
Tommy Boy – Natalie Hanson*
Jo Jo – Nora Coffey*
Brooklyn Newsies – Olivia Bryant*, Drew Cota*, Cooper Nielson*, Austin Lempke*,Danny Denenberg, Jayven Brandt, Sophie Williams*


Artistic & Production Credits

Director – Jerry Jay Cranford
Assistant Director – Geran Ramet
Music Director – Jerry Brabec
Choreographer – Sue Gillespie Booton
Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
Scenic Designer – Tim McMath
Projection Designer – Brittany Merenda
Lighting & Sound Designer – Craig S. Moxon
Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
Production Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
Production Director – Erin M. Solemsaas
Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
Scenic Charge – Lauren Crabtree
Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
Lighting Apprentice – Matthew Benes
Scenic Apprentice – Saylor Novonglosky
Production Apprentice – Christy Hernandez
Assistant Stage Managers – Meghan Boucher, Molly Fryda
Run Crew – Zach Acherman, Jesse Groff, Donavon Perrone
Spot Op – Avi Littky, Amanda Harris
Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkiuk, Jill Maenner


Conductor – Jerry Brabec
Keyboards – Amy Nunamaker
Trumpet – Marcus Nunez
Trombone – Paul Niedbalski
Reed – Michael Prucha
Drums – Jeff Kolega
Percussion – Michael Pollock
Guitar – Ben Eisenberger
Violin – Mary Amador
Cello – Christina Allred
Bass – Tom Miller

Meet the Director

Disney’s Newsies will be directed by Jerry Jan Cranford. This will mark Jerry’s directorial debut on The Rose stage.

A professional actor, singer and dancer, Jerry has performed on Broadway (Les Miserables), international and national tours (Les MiserablesEvita European Company as featured dancer, Singing in the Rain as Don, Anything Goes as Billy), regional stages, television and spent 3 years as the Genie in Disneyland’s stage musical Aladdin.  While at Disney, he served as a clinician teaching workshops in music history, music theory and improvisation.  He has also performed as a principal with the acclaimed Kansas City Lyric Opera in their production of Turandot.  In 2013, the MUNY Theatre of St. Louis hired Jay as dance captain to aid in staging their production of Les Miserables and perform in Shrek the Musical working with Broadway stars John Tartaglia, Julia Murney, Norm Lewis, Hugh Panaro and the producer Mike Isaacson, 2015 Tony Award Winner for the musical FunHome.  He has served as director/choreographer for the world premiere of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure and A Year with Frog and Toad at the Coterie Theatre named one of the countries top five children’s theaters by Time magazine, the regional premiere of Everyday Rapture working with original star Sherie Renee Scott and librettist Dick Scanlan, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Les Miserables for the Merry Go Round Theater in New York, Aladdin and Peter Cottontail III for Kansas City Starlight Theatre at the Kauffman Performing Art Center and received an Ovation Nomination in Vancouver, BC for his production of The Marvelous Wonderettes.  Most recently, he performed as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and as Gomez in The Addams Family for The New Theatre.  He looks forward to portraying John Wilkes Booth in Assassins for Spinning Tree in 2017 and has been a proud member of Actors Equity for 25 years.



Show Photos

Know Before You Go


Cookies, soft drinks and water will be sold during the intermission of this show. Each item costs $1. Food and drinks must be consumed during intermission; food and drink is not permitted in the auditorium.


Everyone deserves a chance to experience the magic of theater. Performances are open to children and family members of all abilities. Click here to learn more about accessibility at The Rose.

Join Our Post-Performance Q&A Session!

A few minutes after the performance, our actors will conduct a Question & Answer session from the stage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the scenery, costumes, special effects, and other aspects of the production. The actors may even have a question or two for you about the story.

Meet the Cast & Get an Autograph!

Some performers will be available after the show to say hello, pose in pictures, and sign their autographs for you. You can meet them on the mezzanine level right outside the entrance to our balcony level seats.

Theater Location

The Rose is located in downtown Omaha at 2001 Farnam Street on the southwest corner of 20th & Farnam Streets.


From west Omaha, take I-80 East to 1-480 North and exit onto 20th Street. The Rose is located on Farnam Street, approximately three blocks south of the 20th Street exit.

Convenient Parking

Parking is available for $2 in the parking garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission (1910 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102).

Parking meters surrounding the theater are active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with free parking available on Sundays and holidays.

Related Posts

Review: Elaborate set, stage projections elevate 'Newsies' at the Rose Theater

Review: Elaborate set, stage projections elevate 'Newsies' at the Rose Theater

“Newsies” is known for its demanding, athletic choreography.

The Disney musical’s national touring company came through Omaha a couple of years ago, and dancers dazzled audiences with leaps, gymnastics and lots of tap.

When the Rose Theater announced that “Newsies” would be its premium show this spring, I couldn’t help but wonder how director Jerry Jay Cranford, his designers and cast would handle all that movement.

I found out at a boisterous Thursday matinee for kids served by agencies such as Girls Inc. and the Boys and Girls Clubs: Sue Gillespie Booton’s excellent choreography was carried out with the Rose’s usual professionalism and flair, and made more interesting by Tim McMath’s elaborate set featuring platforms and scaffolds of various heights.

Newsies to close season at The Rose

Newsies to close season at The Rose

M O R E A N D M O R E , young people are speaking out against injustice, whether it's bullying, school violence or dozens of other issues.

The message behind "Newsies," starting Friday at the Rose Theater, is that you can affect change even if you're not yet fully grown. The Disney musical is about a band of newsboys — many orphans and runaways — who organize against publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer after he raises distribution prices, cutting into their earnings. It's based on the real-life newsboy strike of 1899.