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New Grad Takes Over "Newsies" Lead as Star Departs for "Smash"

Corey Cott, a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, will become the show’s leading man

By Robert Kahn
|  Monday, Aug 20, 2012  |  Updated 2:01 PM EDT
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New Grad Takes Over "Newsies" Lead as Star Departs for "Smash"

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Corey Cott begins organizing the "Newsies" full-time on Sept. 5

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“Newsies” has a new union organizer. Corey Cott, a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, will become the show’s leading man, Jack Kelly, beginning with the Sept. 5 performance.

 

Jeremy Jordan, who created the role in the show’s world premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse and received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for his performance, is leaving to work full-time on his role on the second season of NBC’s “Smash.”

 

Cott became the Jack Kelly “alternate” earlier this month. His university credits include “Assassins” and “Sweeney Todd.” He also recently worked on the New York reading of “Bare,” directed by Stafford Arima. 

 

“Newsies” won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography. The Broadway company continues to feature Kara Lindsay as Katherine Plumber, Capathia Jenkins as Medda Larkin and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie.

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