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Theatre Royale to present Disney's 'Newsies" at Pechanga


Last updated 5/17/2019 at 7:56pm

TEMECULA – Theatre Royale presents Disney’s “Newsies,” at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., June 22 and 2 p.m. June 23, at Pechanga Resort Casino.

Stop the presses. This Disney film turned Tony-winning Broadway hit inspires everyone to fight for what’s right and seize the day.

Disney’s “Newsies,” based on the 1992 motion picture, features a score by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. “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. Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of “Newsies” addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment. High-energy with nonstop thrills, the stage version explodes featuring the original Tony Award winning Broadway choreography by Christopher Gattelli and introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”

The cast of this turn of the century American classic features Dillon Klena as Jack Kelly, Kylie Molner as Katherine, Matthew Malecki as Davey, John Campbell as Pulitzer, Valerie Geason as Medda Larkin, Christopher Romero-Souza as Crutchie and Dean Norris Jr. as Les, making his professional debut.

The high jumpin’, power singin’, multi-talented, acrobatic newsies are Dylan Dewald, Bradley Graham, Chasen Greenwood, Cole Howard, Evin Johnson, Fisher Kaake, Sean Kiralla, Jeremy Kurator, Josh Kurator, Eric Navarro, Matthew Ryan, DJ Smith and James Velasco. Rounding out the cast of supporting roles; Chris Campbell, Brandon Kallen, Landon Lloyd, Coley McAvoy, Skyelar Nalley, Eric Ruiter, Mark Russell and Michele Vasile.

It is directed by Jay S. King and Sarah Cleveland. The musical director and conductor is Don LeMaster with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, Shanna Van Derwerker and Chasen Greenwood. The production management is by Carolyn King with technical direction by Shane Pritchard. The dance associates are Matthew Ryan and Sarah Cleveland.

“Newsies” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Tickets start at $65, plus fees and are available online at

Submitted by Pechanga Resort Casino.


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