STORRS: Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces the casting for the final production of the Nutmeg Summer Series: Newsies with Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman. Tony Award-nominee Christopher d’Amboise will be both directing and choreographing this theatrical adaptation of the Disney movie. The cast stars Jim Schubin (Jack Kelly), Tyler Jones (Crutchie), Richard R. Henry (Joseph Pulitzer), and Tina Fabrique (Medda Larkin). Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale at crt.uconn.edu or 860-486-2113.
Set in the heart of New York City, Newsies tells a fictionalized story inspired by the real events of the Newsboy Strike of 1899. Although rooted in the past, the show explores topical themes of social injustice, exploitive labor, and the true power the Davids of the world can wield against the Goliaths.
Director and choreographer Christopher d’Amboise has created numerous ballets for international companies alongside having written, directed, and choreographed The Studio. He began his career as a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet. d’Amboise received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Featured Actor for his performance in the Broadway cast of Song and Dance. He last choreographed My Fair Lady at Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
d’Amboise said, “I grew up watching my father in movie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and always wanted to direct a show full of lots of men dancing wildly. Newsies is that show. I am also attracted to the show’s themes of embracing alternative families and the romantic notion of loyalty to friends above personal gain. Newsies is a coming of age story that we can all relate to while watching a bunch of men dancing their tails off!”
Winner of the 2016 Lotte Lenya Singing Competition Jim Schubin will make his CRT debut in the role of Jack Kelly. Schubin has previously been seen in the National Tour of Sound of Music, and Off-Broadway in The Fantasticks,. Regional credits include Cape Playhouse, Barrington Stage and West Virginia Public Theatre. He also had a recurring role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
Broadway veteran Tina Fabrique will be appearing as the eccentric Medda Larkin on the CRT stage this summer. Fabrique won the 2016 Audelco Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical for The First Noel at the Apollo Theatre. Broadway/Tour Credits: Ethel in Classical Theater of Harlem’s First Noel at the Apollo; Ella(Ella Fitzgerald-created role); Ragtime; Bring In Da Noise; Dessa Rose;Harlem Song; How To Succeed…; Gospel at Colonus; Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; South Pacific; The Wiz; 70 Girls 70; Truly Blessed;Once on This Island;
Richard R. Henry returns to the CRT stage for the second time this summer as publishing titan Joseph Pulitzer. Henry has performed in several CRT shows, including 1776, Twelfth Night, The Sunshine Boys, and The Music Man. He recently played Sam Bick in Yale Reptertory Theatre’s Assassins.
Tyler Jones will be appearing in the role of Crutchie in the Nutmeg Summer Series. Jones performed in the National Tour of Book of Mormon and was most recently seen at Connecticut’s Long Wharf Theatre in the world premiere of The Most Beautiful Room in New York by Adam Gopnik and David Shire.
The production team includes Christopher d’Amboise (Director/Choreographer), Kelly Crandall d’Amboise (Associate Choreographer), Tim Brown (Scenic Design), Fan Zheng (Costume Design), Michael Chybowski (Lighting Design), Michael Vincent Skinner (Sound Design), John Parmalee (Technical Director), NDavid Williams (Music Director), Tom McDonough (Conductor) and Thomas Kosis (Production Stage Manager).
The cast will also include Aaron Bantum (Albert), Darren Brown (Scab 1/Citizen/Police), Will Bryant (Wiesel/Police/Mayor), Atticus Burello (Les), Jacob Burns (Specs/Jojo), Kent Coleman (Scab 2/Citizen/Stage Manager), Spencer Croy (Finch/Elmer), Brandon Engman (Mush/Buttons), Jamaal Fields-Green (Spot Conion/Citizen), Nate Healey (Governor Theodore Roosevelt/Nunzio/Police), Dharon Jones (Henry/Sniper), Tyler Jones (Crutchie), Noah Kieserman (Davey), Simon Longnight (Romeo/Tommy Boy), Aidan Marchetti (Seit/Jacobi), Kalob Martinez (Snyder), Cullen Ries (Oscar Delancey), Alyssa Sarnoff (Hannah/Nun/Dancer/Citizen), Paige Smith (Katherine Plumber), Tuck Sweeney (Race), Andy Viviano (Morris Delancey), and Jane Zogbi (Nun/Dancer/Citizen).
Performance and Ticket Information
Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Subscription package options range from $30 to $99. Single tickets prices range from $12 to $55.
Children must be at least 4 years old to attend CRT productions. For additional ticket information or to purchase tickets by phone, call 860.486.2113. To purchase tickets online,visit www.crt.uconn.edu. All sales are final; no refunds. Play selections and performance dates are subject to change. Single tickets are now on sale.
The Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre is located on the campus of the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, CT.