Jeremy Jordan returns to 'Newsies' for Broadway

January 12, 2012 - 11:21 AM
Premiere Joyful Noise LA

Cast member Jeremy Jordan arrives at the premiere of "Joyful Noise" in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. "Joyful Noise" will be released in theaters Jan. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

NEW YORK (AP) — For Jeremy Jordan, bad news for "Bonnie & Clyde" means good news for "Newsies."

The actor whose role as the bank-robbing male lead in the musical "Bonnie & Clyde" was cut short last month by poor ticket sales, has jumped aboard the Broadway-bound "Newsies," a musical based on the 1992 film.

Producers announced Jordan will play rebellious newsboy leader Jack Kelly, the role he created at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey last fall. "Newsies" will open its doors at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on March 15.

Jordan, who stars opposite Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton in the movie "Joyful Noise," was also on Broadway in "Rock of Ages."

Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman have transformed Disney's "Newsies" into a musical with new story writer, Harvey Fierstein.