PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Newsies Stars Corey Cott and Kara Lindsay Pick Their Favorite Alan Menken Tunes
By Michael Gioia
Corey Cott and Kara Lindsay star as rebellious paperboy Jack Kelly and his love interest, journalist Katherine Plumber, respectively, in Newsies, which features a Tony-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman. Here, the duo pick their favorite Menken songs as part of Playbill.com's Playbill Playlist series.
"I grew up listening to various Alan Menken songs, so they all hold a happy place in my heart," said Lindsay, who originated the role of Katherine at Paper Mill Playhouse, where the musical received its world premiere in September 2011.
The Broadway production took home 2012 Tony Awards for Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli) and Best Original Score (Menken and Feldman) and was nominated for Best Actor (Jeremy Jordan), Best Book (Harvey Fierstein), Best Direction (Jeff Calhoun), Best Orchestrations (Daniel Troob), Best Scenic Design (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel) and Best Musical.
"Set in New York City at the turn of the century," Newsies, according to press notes, "is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right."
Playbill.com asked Newsies stars Cott and Lindsay to pick their favorite songs from Tony winner Menken and tell us why they made the list.
Kara Lindsay: Any song from Beauty and the Beast, especially "No Matter What," the duet that Belle sings with her father. Any song between a father and daughter always gets me! It's a sweet and simple song…loving each other for being different or "odd."
Corey Cott: "Beauty and the Beast" from "Beauty and the Beast." Don't really think this needs an explanation. One of the most beautiful sequences in animation history - nay, film history.
Kara Lindsay: "Gaston" from "Beauty and the Beast." Who doesn't love a meathead singing a song about how awesome he is whilst drinking a jug of beer? That's comedy!
Corey Cott: The entire "Hercules" soundtrack. I mean, it's pretty hard to pick a favorite from this score. I am pretty sure most theatre kids of my generation have shamelessly jammed out to this soundtrack while driving to high school in the morning or getting ready for the day. I did on MANY occasions, including my own wedding reception.
Kara Lindsay: "Somewhere that's Green" from Little Shop of Horrors. I love that it's both quirky and honest. It's delightfully sweet and a song I always love hearing.
Corey Cott: "Out There" from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." This film was a pinnacle part of my childhood — a beautiful melody and a quintessential "I Want" song. Tom Hulce's voice is iconic, and you have so much sympathy for Quasimodo. If this ever comes to Broadway — #DreamRole
Kara Lindsay: "Kiss the Girl" from "The Little Mermaid" It makes me smile. It's comical, sweet and romantic all at once!
Corey Cott: "Santa Fe" from Newsies. I couldn't leave this out. After having the privilege of singing this song every night for pretty much a year now, it will always be engrained in me as a paramount part of Menken/Musical Theatre history. I fall in love with it again and again nightly.
Kara Lindsay: Also, "Part of Your World" from "The Little Mermaid" It's every little girl's anthem. Wanting to be a part of something bigger and more exciting… dreaming of what you'll grow up to be and hoping it will be anything but the boring mundane.
Corey Cott: "A Whole New World" from "Aladdin." "Aladdin" was the first movie I ever saw in the theatre. I remember it was the most sweeping, electric story I had ever experienced. I was only three years old, but I remember the movie very vividly. Oh, and I am pretty sure Jasmine was my first crush.
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