Stuart Marland as Pulitzer in Newsies.
Stuart Marland began his professional career in 1979 as one of Disneyland’s “All American College Singers.” This summer marks the 40th Anniversary of that life-changing experience where he performed with 14 singer/dancers, a stage band and a marching band - all auditioned from across the USA.
Stuart's professional affiliation with Disney continued when he was asked to join the Disney mascot group, “The Kids of the Kingdom,” performing for another 3 years on the stages of Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Many years later, he would return to his Disney roots, playing ‘Lumiere’ in “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway. His Disney affiliation came full circle in 2012 when Stuart was asked to participate in the developmental workshop production of “Disney’s Newsies” in New York City. That presentation was followed by the full original production at Paper Mill Playhouse, where he created the role of ‘Snyder.’ A Broadway transfer followed, where the show won Tony Awards for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) and Best Choreography.
Stuart also understudied and performed the role of ‘Joseph Pulitzer’ during both the entire two-and-a-half-year Broadway production and for a 2-month contract during the record-breaking First National Tour.
Westchester Broadway Theatre’s production marks Stuart’s 6th “Newsies," including Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (directed by this production’s director, Mark Martino and choreographed by Shea Sullivan) and Broadway at Music Circus-Sacramento, where he played Nunzio, Snyder and Jacobi.
In addition to performing, Stuart has been an active fund-raiser with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, and a guest teacher with “Broadway Classroom” in New York City, where he teaches acting, singing, comedy for the stage and theatrical history workshops to young performers from around the World. Those workshops often include specialized sessions focusing on “Newsies” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
'79 Disneyland’s “All American College Singers “Beauty and the Beast” Marquee on Bway
“Newsies” Fundraising for Bway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Closing performance of “Newsies” on Broadway