Zilker Theater Productions has announced the cast of Disney’s Newsies the Musical for the 63rd year of its free outdoor summer musical production in partnership with the City of Austin. The Broadway hit Disney’s Newsies the Musical will play at the Beverly Sheffield Hillside Theater in Zilker Park, Thursday through Sunday, July 8 through August 13, 2022 at 8:15 p.m.
Based on the 1992 film, Disney’s Newsies features an eight-time Academy Award®-winning score Alain Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by the four-time Tony Award® winner Harvey Fierstein. Newsies is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a group of orphaned, runaway “newsies” in a two-week action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other publishers of powerful newspapers. Timely and fresh, the fictional adaptation of Newsies is full of energy with non-stop thrills, featuring eight new songs in addition to retaining many beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner”, “Seize the Day”, “King of New York” and “Santa Fe”.
The cast includes Isaac Arrieta, Abigail Bensman, Kyle Bussone-Peterson, Even Carlson, Keyshaan Castle, James Chapman, James Cho, Matt Connelly, Cayden Couchman, Caroline DavisJackson Froelich, Ella Grace HarperMaya Hillman, Marlena Hoffman, Britney Huguley, Danielle Kaigler, Jake Jordan, Will Mallick, JD MartinVeronica Merrick, Jillian Nickens, Diego RodriguezLJ Salinas, Shane Scandurra, Joelle Sellers, Will Shafer, Scott Shipman, Katie Stumpf, Jessica Terán, Andrew Tran, Morgan Whitley, Daniel Winkler and Nick Xitco.
Meet the Cast of the 2022 Summer Musical News HERE.
“For more than 60 years, Zilker Theater Productions has been bringing the magic of musical theater – for free – to the people of Austin and Central Texas, and I’m so proud to carry on that legacy for Disney’s Newsies production and beyond this summer.” said general manager David Ponton.
Zilker Theater Productions recently welcomed David Ponton as its new Executive Director in May 2022. Ponton brings extensive musical theater experience to this role, having made his first appearance on the Zilker Hillside in Crazy for You in 2003. Since then, David went on to appear seven more times as a performer, co-directing and choreographing Hairspray in 2015, and co-choreographing productions of All Shook Up in 2018 and Little Shop of Horrors in the summer of 2021.
The Zilker Summer Musical is offered free to the public (donations are gratefully accepted). Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, picnics, and gather with friends and family to witness a high-quality production under the stars.
For more information, visit zilker.org.
Newsies from Disney the Musical
Music by Alain Menken
Lyrics of Jack Feldman
Book before Harvey Fierstein
Realized by Joey Banks | Musical direction by Beth Everett | Choreography by Chris Shin |
Scenography by Joshua Denning | Lighting Design by Rachel Atkinson | Costume design by Teresa Carson | Properties designed by Robert Joseph | Sound Design by Rodd Simonsen | Technical direction by Dennis Riley | Main Artist: Jacob Foster | Master Electrician: Jacqueline Sindelar | Production Manager: Lisa Goering | Production Manager: Aly Redland | Assistant director: Hannah Rutt
When: July 8 to August 13, 2022 | Thursday-Sunday | 8:15 p.m.
Where: Beverly Sheffield Hillside Theater at Zilker Park | 2206 William Barton Drive | Austin 78704
Tickets: Free, no tickets required, donations greatly appreciated.
About Disney Newsies
Inspired by 1899’s Newsboy Strike, this hit Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newspaper seller who dreams of a life as an artist far from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the expense of newsagents, Kelly and his fellow reporters spring into action. More information on Disney’s Newsies: zilker.org/summer-2022/
Special evenings for Disney Newsies:
ASL performances: Saturday August 6 and Friday August 12.
About Zilker Theater Productions
Austin’s nonprofit, Zilker Theater Productions, provides award-winning, free entertainment, celebrating the magic of musical theater every year since 1959. Known to many as Zilker Summer Musical, the entire local community is invited every year at Zilker Hillside to broadcast get out a cover with your family and friends and enjoy a high quality Broadway show.