The charismatic, street-smart leader of the Lower Manhattan Newsies. A gifted artist and secretly a romantic, the 17-year-old dreams of starting a new life in Santa Fe. He would do anything for the boys he's in charge of and becomes the leader of the strike.
A bright new reporter who volunteers to cover the newsies' strike. Feisty and unapologetic, she's a talented writer ready to prove herself as a serious reporter. Becomes deeply passionate about the strike- and even finds a place of belonging with the boys.
Tight-knit brothers who have to help support their family by selling papes. Davey, 17, starts out as a fish-out-of-water among the newsies, nervous about the impending strike. At age 10 (almost!), Les jumps right into the newsies brotherhood and reveres Jack Kelly.
Jack's endlessly optimistic best friend. Although he has a bum leg and has to walk with the aid of a crutch, he doesn't let it slow him down. Fifteen years old, this tough little guy's always got a smile on his face and a zinger up his sleeve.
The silly and sarcastic second-in-command of the Lower Manhattan Newsies. Never seen without his cigar, he loves cracking jokes and teasing the other boys- all in good fun though! Has been an orphan and newsie most of his life and loves carrying the banner.
The tough-as-nails leader of the Brooklyn newsboys. Stoic and strong, what he lacks in height, he makes up in brawn and brains. He rules Brooklyn with pride. Sort of a mystery for most of the time, the Manhattan boys believe that the is the key to winning the strike.