Mary Birdsong to Join Cast of DISASTER!; Michele Ragusa Plays Final Performance on 12/6

Mary Birdsong (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, "Reno 911") will join the cast of Disaster!, the hilarious, acclaimed 1970s disaster movie musical now playing Off-Broadway at the St. Luke's Theatre (308 W. 46th Street) on Monday, December 9th. Ms. Birdsong will take over the role of lounge singer "Jackie," played by Michele Ragusa, whose final performance will be on Friday, December 6th.

Presented by Mary J. Davis, Disaster! is written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, directed by Mr. Plotnick, and has choreography by Denis Jones. A send-up of the 1970s disaster movie genre, Disaster! features some of the best songs of the 1970s, including "Hot Stuff," "Don't Bring Me Down," "I Am Woman," "Alone Again Naturally," "Signed Sealed Delivered," "Knock On Wood," "Daybreak" "Sky High," and more.

It's 1979 and New York City's hottest partiers are blowing out their feathered hair and putting on their best polyester threads and platform shoes to head to the grand opening of the Barracuda, Manhattan's first floating casino and discotheque. Little do they know that their night of boogie fever will turn into a . . . Disaster!

Mary Birdsong (Jackie). Broadway: Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (Theatre World Award), Hairspray. Off-Broadway: Love, Loss and What I Wore; Adult Entertainment; Judy Speaks. Film: The Descendants, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Killers, Adventureland, Made of Honor, Reno 911: Miami, Beer League. TV: "Reno 911," The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," and many delightful pilots. Mary also sings with the bands 99 Cent Whore and Cottonhead.

The cast of Disaster! also includes Sherz Aletaha, Haven Burton (Shrek, Legally Blonde), Paul Castree (9 to 5, Young Frankenstein), Kristy Cavenaugh, Charity Dawson, Saum Eskandani, Matt Farcher, Drew Geraci (The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Chorus Line), Ashanti J'Aria (Saturday Night Fever), Maggie McDowell, Jack Plotnick, Tom Riis Farrell (Chicago, Coram Boy, Legally Blonde), Seth Rudetsky (The Ritz), Robb Sapp (Shrek, Wicked), Jennifer Simard (Sister Act, Shrek, Spelling Bee), two-time Tony Award® nominee Mary Testa, (Xanadu, 42nd Street, On the Town), and Jonah Verdon.

DISASTER! has set and lighting design by Josh Iacovelli, costume design by Brian Hemesath, and sound design by Brett Rothstein. Larry Pressgrove is the Music Director, and Steve Marzullo is the Music Supervisor. Drew Geraci is the associate director and choreographer. Jeff Davolt is the Production Stage Manager, and Tom Kosis is the ASM.

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