Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee- Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) is proud to announce the beginning of a nationwide contest to find America’s biggest Newsies fan. The contest celebrates the premiere of a new Disney stage musical, Newsies, opening at Paper Mill Playhouse on September 15, 2011.  To register for the Newsies’ Biggest Fan Contest, visit the contest page on FaceBook at or Paper Mill Playhouse’s website at   Participants can also chcek for more information about the Newsies fan contest.

Newsies’ Biggest Fan Contest is a social media based competition where contestants prove that they are indeed the biggest Newsies fan in the United States. One grand prize winner will receive: two round trip airline tickets courtesy of American Airlines, a two night stay with breakfast at the elegant Hilton Short Hills, two spa treatments at eforea spa at Hilton Short Hills, two tickets to the Newsies opening night performance/after party, a gift card courtesy of Investors Savings Bank ($500) and a Newsies gift bag.

Participants will receive two weekly tasks. Each task offers participants an opportunity to win points. Contestants can earn up to 100 points.  Any participant who earns at least 60 points will be entered as a finalist and qualified to win the grand prize.   Participants will check the Newsies’ Biggest Fan FaceBook page ( and/or Paper Mill Playhouse’s website ( for weekly tasks. There will be two weekly tasks; Monday tasks are simple social networking entries, and Wednesday tasks are creative submissions. The contest will begin on Monday, August 22, 2011 and the winner will be chosen on Friday, September 16, 2011.

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Featuring music by eight-time Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast; Sister Act; The Little Mermaid), lyrics by Jack Feldman and a new book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy), Newsies is adapted for the stage from the 1992 live-action Disney feature film musical.  Newsies will be directed at Paper Mill Playhouse by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun (The Will Rogers Follies; Brooklyn: The Musical; GreyGardens).  Tony® nominated Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific; Altar Boy;, Silence: The Musical)serves as choreographer. 

Revolutionary newsie Jack Kelly will be portrayed by Jeremy Jordan of Broadway’s West Side Story and Rock of Ages. Tony® Award nominee John Dossett will play newspaper giant Joseph Pulitzer. Kara Lindsay will play Katherine

Jordan will be joined by fellow newsies: Ben Fankhauser as Davey; RJ Fattori and Vincent Agnello sharing the role of Les; Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie; Tommy Bracco as Spot Conlon; Brendon Stimson as Oscar Delancey, Mike Faist as Morris Delancey; Aaron J. Albano, Ryan Breslin, Kyle Coffman, Max Ehrich (Jack U/S), JP Ferreri, Garett Hawe, Corey Hummerston, Evan Kasprzak, Andy Richardson, Scott Shedenhelm and Ryan Steele.

Rounding out the cast are: Mark Aldrich (Seitz), Helen Anker (Medda), John E. Brady (Wiesel), Kevin Carolan (Roosevelt), Julie Foldesi (Ms. Baum), Stuart Marland (Snyder), Michael McArthur, Jack Scott, Nick Sullivan (Bunsen) and Laurie Veldheer (Hannah).

The film Newsies has grown into a cult phenomenon with a generation having grown up on the movie’s driving, infectious score since its 1992 theatrical release and subsequent DVD. Newsies has for years been the single most requested title by professional and amateur theater groups, according to the world’s largest dramatic licensing agent, MTI.  This new stage version keeps many of the film’s beloved songs and adds several new numbers by the original team of Menken and Feldman.

Newsies is inspired by the real life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led the ragged orphans and runaways known as newsies on a two-week-long action against Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.  Set in New York City at the turn of the century, the musical is the tale of newsie Jack Kelly, who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when Pulitzer and Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsies' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies his army of newsies to strike.

Newsies begins at Paper Mill Playhouse on Thursday, September 15, and will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday, through Sunday, October 16. Three, four and five show subscription packages are available now, starting at $84.   Single tickets are now on sale and range in price from $25-$96. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted.  Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 35% discount on tickets and should call 973-315-1680.  Newsies is generously supported by a grant from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Investors Savings Bank is the proud sponsor of Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2011-2012 season.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country’s leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional major support is provided by generous contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.