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  • Irondequoit High School grad Brendon Stimson appearing in new Disney musical

  • Stimson plays one of the Delancey brothers, and in the ensemble, in "Newsies, The Musical," being produced by Disney and currently on stage at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, N.J.

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  • You might say Irondequoit High School graduate Brendon Stimson is making “news” in more ways than one.
    Stimson is a member of the cast of “Newsies, The Musical,” which opened in previews Sept. 15 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, N.J. The official opening night is this Sunday, Sept. 25, and the show will run there until Oct. 16.
    There’s been a lot of buzz on the show, since it’s being produced by Disney and could be bound for Broadway.
    Featuring music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a new book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, “Newsies” has been adapted for the stage from the Disney feature film musical of the same name. The story is inspired by a real life “newsboy strike” in 1899.
    Stimson was also part of the cast that danced two numbers from the show on the ABC morning talk show “The View” yesterday morning, Monday, Sept. 19.
    “It’s amazing,” said Stimson’s mother, Robin Rudy, of Irondequoit. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping it goes to Broadway.”
    If “Newsies” makes the jump, it could be Stimson’s second stint in Broadway. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, he landed a part in “West Side Story” on Broadway for 18 months, until the show’s close. His was a “swing” role, meaning he played five different members of the “Jets” gang in the show, Rudy said.
    Most recently, Stimson appeared in “Where’s Charlie” at New York City’s City Center.
    He is the son of Robin Rudy of Irondequoit and Kent Stimson, and the stepson of Paul Rudy of Irondequoit.
    The stage version of “Newsies” contains both new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman as well as many that they wrote for the film.
    On “The View” yesterday, the ensemble, including Stimson, performed the songs "Seize The Day" and "Santa Fe" from the show.
    Stimson has a role as one of the Delancey brothers in the show, Rudy said, as well as appearing in the ensemble.
    For more information about the New Jersey production, go to www.papermill.org.

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