Broadway Debut for Orange Alum!
Orange High School Class of 2007 Alumnus Ben Fankhauser makes his Broadway debut in the new musical “Newsies” this month. Fankhauser was very involved in Stagecrafters and various Orange and community theatrical productions while attending Orange Schools. Fankhauser had lead roles in both "How to Survive in Business Without Really Trying" as well as "Footloose" in the Orange High School productions.
In "Newsies", Fankhauser plays the character of newsboy “Davey” in the story based on the 1992 Disney movie about the 1899 strike of New York City newsboys. “Newsies” features music by the Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by the Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Before joining “Newsies”, Fankhauser played the sensitive gay teen Ernst in the first national tour of the Tony-winning musical “Spring Awakening.”