Aurora Theatre kicks off 2018-19 season with Disney’s NEWSIES, July 19 – September 2

Gwinnett County’s largest arts organization opens 23rd season with Tony Award-winning dynamic musical

Monday, June 11, 2018

Inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, Disney’s NEWSIES is set to kick off Aurora Theatre’s 23rd season with rousing dance numbers and non-stop fun for the whole family! This high-energy musical is set to soar onto the mainstage July 19 –September 2, where audiences will follow charismatic Jack Kelly and his ragged band of teenaged “newsies” as they strike against an unfair system in New York City at the turn of the century.

“We’re thrilled to bring this fan favorite to audiences in Lawrenceville,” said Justin Anderson, Director. “For those like myself who grew up watching the song-filled cult-classic film in the 90s, and even those who are not familiar with the story, will find this version resonates with sheer joy and triumph for the underdog. It’s a feel-good, energetic production that is the perfect way to kick off our season!”With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and book by Harvey Fierstein, NEWSIES highlights publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst as they try to take advantage of newsboys to increase profits. However, everything changes when Jack Kelly and his group of “newsies” come on the scene. This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the timeless Disney film, is toe-tapping fun for the entire family!

Aurora Theatre’s production of NEWSIES stars Greg Kamp as Jack Kelly, Adrianna Trachell as Katherine Plumber, Stephan Jones as Joseph Pulitzer, Russell Alexander II as Crutchie, Marcello Audino as Davey and Mahalia Jackson as Medda Larkin, along with a star-studded ensemble. Audiences will recognize the same creative talents behind Aurora Theatre’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mamma Mia! – direction by Justin Anderson, musical direction by Ann-Carol Pence and choreography by Ricardo Aponte.

NEWSIES will play Aurora Theatre July 19-September 2, with a discount matinee on Tuesdays, July 31 and August 7 at 10 a.m. with tickets starting at $20. Regular, single tickets range from $30-$65 and can be purchased online starting July 1 at or by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222. Group rates are also available. For more information on this production or other programming, please visit

Regular show times are as follows:

  • Tuesday-Saturday: 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 2:30 p.m.

One comment

  1. I did not grow up seeing the 1992 movie.

    I first saw Newsies on tour August 2016. I loved the mind-blowing dance complete with an inspiring story. I loved the intimate relationship found between Crutchie and Jack and loved the bond found between all the Newsies as well. I love how they went they went on strike to stand up for what they believed in. Such a wonderful musical.

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