Katherine Pulitzer (aka Katherine Plumber) is a young author that works for the New York Sun. She is the daughter of Joseph Pulitzer, the main antagonist of Newsies. She grows extremely close to Jack Kelly, the leader of the strike. In the musical, she is the author who writes the article that got the Newsies in the pape'.
Early Life Edit
The musical doesn't reveal too much on Katherine's life, other than the fact that her father offered her a, in the words of Joseph Pulitzer, "life of wealth and leisure, but instead, she chose to pursue a career."
Role in the Musical Edit
Katherine first appears when Jack offers her a paper, and she declines with a snarky remark. Later, she is watching Medda's show, and is reviewing it for the Sun, while Jack draws her (Never Planned On You). Katherine is obviously flattered when she sees the drawing. Later, when all of the Newsies are not wanting to go to Brooklyn, she comes out and asks why they are afraid of Brooklyn. She starts to jot down the story, and is successful (Watch What Happens). Later on, she reveals the front-page story to the Newsies and rejoices with them (King of New York). She, Davey, and Les all convince Jack to help with the strike again (Watch What Happens Reprise). After that, she is in her father's office when Jack Kelly bursts in. Pulitzer turns the chair she is sitting in around while Jack argues. But when she becomes a topic in their discussion, Pulitzer reveals that Katherine is sitting there and is his daughter. Katherine tries to explain that she isn't guilty, but is unsuccessful. When Jack turns to Pulitzer's side, Katherine goes to talk to Jack. They argue, about the strike and double-crossing, before Jack and Katherine are fist to fist. When Jack says, "Give me your best shot!" Katherine leans in and kisses Jack. Jack thinks that she isn't going to end up with him, but they admit their love for each other (Something to Believe In). Katherine and Jack go into her father's basement and use the the printing press with the help of a few of Katherine's friends to print an article Katherine wrote to promote the strike. When Jack goes to see Pulitzer, Katherine grabbed Medda, the mayor, and the governor, Teddy Roosevelt. After the strike's success, when Jack says he is going to Santa Fe, Katherine proceeds to confirm their love by saying that he has another ace up his sleeve (Katherine). Katherine and Jack kiss once more, and the Newsies share two more dances with Katherine (and another kiss), before the bows.
- Joseph Pulitzer (Father)
- Jack Kelly (Love-Interest)
- David Jacobs (Friend)
- Les Jacobs (Friend)
- (Rest of Newsies are her friends)
Kara Lindsay originated the role, before Liana Hunt finished up the Broadway run as Katherine. Stephanie Styles was the original tour Katherine, and Morgan Keene picked up the role. Kara Lindsay took on the role for the recording of the musical at the Pantages in February of 2017.