On the MTI Website there is a PRODUCTION HANDBOOK that you can read, without even buying the license (or even signing in)
It explains Newsies and Girls and identifies the roles that must be played as boys (even if it is a girl actor) and those that may be either. Give it a read.
It is a truly magnificent document to aid in the staging of this wonderful show.
The principal and featured roles that must be played AS BOYS are
Jack, Davey, Les, Pulitzer, Weisel, the Delanceys, the Mayor, Roosevelt.
The cameo characters are Nunzio, the Goons, the Policemen and Bill Hearst.
Everyone else is gender-flexible or must be a girl.
They even give you the lines that can be changed to support the gender changes.
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