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Jordan joins ‘Newsies’

Actor to reprise lead role on Broadway

Jeremy Jordan is set to star in the Broadway transfer of “Newsies,” reprising the role he created in the tuner’s well-received regional preem.

Casting was widely expected, given that the commitment that would have kept him from appearing on the Main Stem in the part — his gig as one of the title characters in “Bonnie and Clyde” — evaporated when that short-lived musical sputtered out Dec. 31.

Jordan’s perf in “Newsies” was widely praised by critics in the musical’s world preem at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse last year. If “Bonnie and Clyde” had lasted through the spring, “Newsies” would have moved to the Rialto with a new thesp in the role.

In “Newsies” Jordan will play a newsboy who leads a group of ragamuffins in a strike against a newspaper magnate. Currently the actor is also on the bigscreen in gospel feature “Joyful Noise.”

Based on the 1992 Disney pic, the legit version of “Newsies” has music by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and book by Harvey Fierstein. Jeff Calhoun, who also directed “Bonnie and Clyde,” helms.

“Newsies” begins previews March 15 ahead of a March 29 opening at the Nederlander Theater. Show is currently penciled in for a limited run of about 100 perfs, but seems poised to extend should B.O. warrant.

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