It's only fitting the musical version of the story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City would garner the Actors' Equity (AEA) Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA) Sixth Annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. The Broadway musical lifts up the true events of newsboys (a.k.a. "newsies") who organized together in a successful two-week strike against newspaper giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst for better wages.
AEA writes that the ACCA honor is the only industry accolade of its kind and honors the distinctive talents made by the original chorus members of a Broadway musical. The award will be presented in the AEA Council Room, overlooking Times Square, on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
The winners of the ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus, all of whom were part of "NEWSIES" chorus on the musical’s March 29, 2012, opening night, are: Aaron Albano, Mark Aldrich, Tommy Bracco, John E. Brady, Ryan Breslin, Kevin Carolan, Caitlyn Caughell, Kyle Coffman, Mike Faist, Michael Fatica, Julie Foldesi, Garett Hawe, Thayne Jasperson, Evan Kasprzak, Jess LeProtto, Stuart Marland, Andy Richardson, Jack Scott, Ryan Steele, Brendon Stimson, Nick Sullivan, Ephraim M. Sykes, Laurie Veldheer, Alex Wong and Stuart Zagnit.
“This award acknowledges and honors the enormous talent and contributions members of a chorus make to a Broadway production,” said Equity Second Vice President and Chair of the ACCA Rebecca Kim Jordon. “The chorus members of 'NEWSIES' are gifted professionals who exemplify the hard work, dedication and talent it takes to be outstanding in a Broadway musical.”
Actors' Equity, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013, represents more than 49,000 professional stage actors and stage managers nationwide.
Watch the video clip in the blog post, "Disney's NEWSIES on Broadway," for some highlights of the musical.