Friday, September 28, 2012

Ron Raines To Star In "Newsies" For Two Months As Joseph Pulitzer

In a perfect casting choice, Tony nominee Ron Raines will assume the devious role of Joseph Pulitzer in Disney’s "Newsies" on Broadway beginning October 9 at the Nederlander Theatre.  Raines will step in for the show's original star John Dossett through December 16.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, "Newsies" follows Jack Kelly (Corey Cott, who replaced new SMASH star Jeremy Jordan), a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged boys, who dreams of a better life far from the hardships of the streets. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike.

Featuring music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein, "Newsies" opened on March 29 and received eight Tony Award nominations. The book tweaked the story from the original Newsies movies in all the right ways. The theater is packed nightly with screaming fans who know the words to every song. You can order tickets here.

Raines received a Tony nomination earlier this year for playing Ben Stone in the Kennedy Center revival of "Follies," a part he later recreated in Los Angeles. Soap fans know him best for his portrayal of Alan Spaulding in GUIDING LIGHT.

- VIDEO: Cameron Mathison Performs with Broadway's 'Newsies'

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