Laurie Veldheer leaves ‘Newsies’, heads to ‘Millie’ at the Paper Mill

Laurie Veldheer in her Katherine Plumber costume.

Laurie Veldheer in her Katherine Plumber costume.

Laurie Veldheer carried the banner for the last time on Feb. 10 when she performed in her last show with Newsies.

Laurie was with Newsies since its beginning at the Paper Mill Playhouse and followed the production to the Nederlander Theatre where she became one of twelve performers who made her Broadway debut on the first night of previews.

Before joining the cast of Newsies she was seen at the Paper Mill Playhouse and across the country in Hairspray as Amber Von Tussle, as well as Natalie in Next to Normal at Milwaukee Rep. Laurie received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University.

In Newsies, Laurie played Hannah, Pulitzer’s secretary, as well as Smalls, a Bronx newsie. She brought a funny flair to Hannah, pairing her character’s minimal number of lines with a thick Queens-specific accent that contrasts heavily with the non-accented characters of Pulitzer and his company.

Laurie covered one of two girl-boy parts in the show as Smalls, a very definitive voice in the strike. However, Laurie’s true talents have been truly covered by the rest of the show. Her mere twenty minutes as Hannah and even less time as Smalls rarely showed the vast range of her skills.

Laurie Veldheer

Laurie Veldheer

Laurie also understudied Kara Lindsay’s character Katherine Plumber. In the almost year that Newsies has been running on Broadway, Laurie has played the part multiple times as the primary cover for the role.

With Laurie’s leave, she will be heading back to Paper Mill Playhouse to play Millie Dillmount in the new production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. She will be portraying the role that Sutton Foster originated in 2002.

Thoroughly Modern Millie is set in New York City in the 1920’s, and follows Millie Dillmount, a young woman who aspires to marry rich and finds herself conflicted between her wealthy boss and typical New Yorker Jimmy Smith (Jeff Kready). Millie’s journey follows through her New York dreams being crushed and then into a Chinese deportation prostitution ring, and ultimately leaves her questioning everything that she came to New York for.

Laurie’s spunky tactics in the show will be sorely missed on Broadway. Her absence at Newsies is certainly bittersweet and while her upbeat personality and pretty face have enchanted the stage of the Nederlander for the past eleven months, they will surely shine on at Paper Mill.

There is no doubt that her full range of skills will grace the stage at Paper Mill and she will truly be recognized for the star that she is. We wish Laurie luck and love as she embarks on her new journey to play Millie Dillmount.

Tags: ,

Comments are closed.