Dan DeLuca, a Pittsburgh-area native who spent the past two summers at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont, has landed the role of Jack Kelly in “Newsies,” the smash Broadway musical that begins its first North American tour Oct. 11 in Schenectady at Proctors.
The show, which concluded its 30-month engagement in New York just two weeks ago, will open on a Saturday in Schenectady and close on a Friday night. There will be eight performances over the seven days, with no show on Monday.
“Newsies,” inspired by the “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” was nominated for eight Tonys, winning two for Best Choreography and Best Score. Alan Menken and Jack Feldman created the music and lyrics, respectively, and Harvey Fierstein wrote the book. The creative team, including director Jeff Calhoun and choreographer Christopher Gattelli, has reunited to work on the North American tour, which is being produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.
In Jack Kelly, DeLuca plays a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenage “Newsies.” Kelly aspires to a better life than the hardships he finds on the streets of New York at the turn of the century, but newspaper giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst refuse to consider a pay raise and in fact bring about a decrease in the “Newsies” pay when they increase distribution prices.
DeLuca graduated from the two-year program at Cap21, an internationally recognized musical theater conservatory associated with New York University. He played the lead in “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” at Weston during the summer of 2012 and last summer earned a Broadway Vermont Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of Gabe in Weston’s production of “Next to Normal.”
Also in the cast are Steve Blanchard as Pulitzer, Stephanie Styles as Katherine and Angela Grovey as Medda Larkin.