Lavon Fisher-Wilson Begins Performances as "Medda Larkin"
September 11, 2012
Newsies, the Tony® Award winning new American musical, proudly welcomes Lavon Fisher-Wilson to the role of Medda Larkin beginning tonight. She succeeds Capathia Jenkins, who played her final performance on Sunday, September 9.
Also joining the cast this week are Nicholas Lampiasi and Jake Lucas who will alternate the role of Les.
LAVON FISHER-WILSON: Broadway: Lysistrata Jones (Hetaira u/s); Chicago (Mama Morton); The Color Purple (Sophia u/s & swing). Favorite Regional (20+). Hello! Dolly, Once on This Island, Jelly's Last Jam. TV: Cartoon Network's "Team Toon." Film: Disney's Teen Beach Musical. M.F.A. University of Florida, B.A. Millikin.
NICHOLAS LAMPIASI is excited to be making his Broadway debut in Newsies! He was previously in the 2nd National Tour of Billy Elliot (Small Boy) and has appeared in many commercials. NicholasLampiasi.com.
JAKE LUCAS is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in Newsies! Credits: NY Metropolitan Opera, NY Boychoir, NJ & CT Choral Societies, many studio/voiceover projects, weddings & community theatre.
Since bursting onto Broadway in March, Newsies set and then broke five Nederlander Theatre house records on its way to becoming the best selling new musical of the spring. The show received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.
Newsies features a score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, with a book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, Newsies is directed by Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.
The Broadway company of Newsies also features Corey Cott as Jack Kelly, John Dossett as Joseph Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay as Katherine Plumber, Capathia Jenkins as Medda Larkin, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie, and Nicholas Lampiasi, and Jake Lucas alternating the role of Les.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But 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 for what's right.
Newsies is inspired by the real-life 'Newsboy Strike of 1899,' when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.
The Nederlander Theatre box office hours are Monday through Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday 11:30am – 6pm. Newsies is performed on the following schedule: Monday – Wednesday at 7:30pm; Friday – Saturday at 8pm; Wednesday & Saturday at 2pm; and Sunday at 3pm. There are exceptions the week of October 1 (prior to Columbus Day), the week of October 29 (Halloween), the week of November 19 (Thanksgiving) and the weeks in and around Christmas. Visit NewsiesTheMusical.com for details.