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Character(s)Preferred GenderAge of character:Vocal RangeDance Audition RequirementDescription
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Jack KellyM16-20Bb2-A4OptionalThe charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an orphaned dreamer and artist who yearns to get out of the crowded streets of New York and make a better life for himself out West. Fiercely protective of his best friend, Crutchie, and strongly loyal, Jack isn’t afraid to use his voice to attain better conditions for the working kids of New York City. Though living on the streets has given him a tough-guy exterior, Jack has a big heart and can demonstrate a sweet vulnerability – especially when it comes to bantering with a certain female reporter. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality.
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Katherine PlummerF17-20A3-F5RequiredAn ambitious young reporter, works hard to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist in a time when women aren’t taken seriously. Quick, funny, and resourceful, she boldly captures the voice of a new generation rising in her coverage of the newsies’ strike. While she generally has no time for cocky, streetwise young men, she makes an exception for Jack Kelly. Though she only has a brief dance solo in “King of New York,” Katherine should have a great contemporary pop voice with a high belt – diction is key.
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Davey JacobsM15-20D3-A4RequiredLes’s straight-laced, bright big brother starts selling newspapers to help his family earn a living, but becomes swept up in the fervor of the strike. A leader in his own right who is learning to use his voice to uplift others, Davey is the brains of the resistance.
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Les JacobsM10-15Db3-Bb3OptionalDavey’s cheeky younger brother, is inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle. A precocious and natural newsie, Les is an intuitive sales boy and a pint-sized charmer. He should present as younger than the other newsies.
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Joseph PulitzerM35-50C3-F4NoneA pompous businessman through and through, owns the World and is concerned solely with the bottom line. Katherine’s no-nonsense father, Pulitzer doesn’t sympathize with the strikers, but he does eventually – and grudgingly – respect Jack.
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CrutchieM13-17C3-A4OptionalA dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful, but helps sell more papes. Though he walks with the assistance of a crutch, Crutchie doesn’t let it define him; when in a jam, Jack Kelly’s best friend relies on a goofy- sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. Crutchie is the heart of the resistance. Though his movement will suggest his bum leg, Crutchie should still be included in the dance numbers.
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Medda LarkinF25-45F3-E5OptionalInspired by vaudeville performer Aida Overton Walker, this big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies. An astute entertainer with great comic delivery, she’s a good friend to Jack and stands firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice.
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Spot ConlonF17-20AnyRequiredThe proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”
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WieselM or F35-50AnyNoneOr “Weasel,” runs the distribution window for the World and knows most of the newsies by name. Assisted by the intimidating Delancey brothers, who keep order by any means necessary, Wiesel is Pulitzer’s disgruntled paper- pusher.
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Oscar and Morris DelanceyM15-20AnyOptionalTough brothers who work at the distribution window for the World, take the side of the publishers in the strike and are known to use their fists to make a point.
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SnyderM or F45-65AnyNoneThe crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filthy and horrible orphanage, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep his government checks coming.
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JacobiM or F35-65AnyNoneAllows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.
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Theodore RooseveltM50-65AnyNoneA well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.
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Ensemble NewsiesM or F*13-20AnyOptionalSome more of the hard-working kids of New York City that go on strike for a livable wage. Some of these would be "named newsies" with lines...others may be featured dancers or featured vocalists. *Females will be considered if there are not enough males to fill the roles.
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Female EnsembleF13-20AnyRequiredFemales would play nuns, Medda's girls, and the Brooklyn Newsies
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Adult EnsembleM or F30-60AnyOptionalVarious roles throughout the show
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