Cast Set for New England Premiere of DIASTER! THE MUSICAL
Full casting has been announced for the New England premiere of DISASTER! THE MUSICAL; the 1970's disaster-movie musical written by Sirius/XM On Broadway host, Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick (Glee, Ellen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). One of the first mountings of this production since the show's 2016 Broadway run, Cast Aside Productions will be bringing DISASTER! to the Mainstage at Portland Stage Company, July 13-16.
An homage to cult classics such as "The Poseidon Adventure," "The Towering Inferno," and "Airport 1975," DISASTER! tells the fateful story of NYC's first floating casino and discothèque : The Barracuda. While characters manage the chaos and calamity of earthquakes, fires, and tidal waves, they sing the hit music of The Captain & Tennille, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, Donna Summer, The Jackson 5 and more!
The production will be led by Director David Surkin, Director/Choreographer Celeste Green, and Music Director Rebekkah Willey. The creative team also includes lighting design by Daniel Brodhead, sound design by Jayson Murray, and stage management by Brianna Marie Wing.
The cast includes Thomas Smallwood as Disaster Expert Ted Scheider, Christine Louise Marshall as Shirley Winters, Abigail Ackley as Sister Mary Downey, Rachel Henry as MariAnne Wilson, Joel Crowley as Chad Ruben, Kelsey Franklin as Levora Verona, Michael Donovan as Tony Delvecchio, Amy Torrey as Jackie Noelle, John B. Nutting as Maury Winters, Peter Lord as Scott, and introducing Amy Topchick as Ben and Lisa.
The ensemble features Jacob Sutherland, Ryan Walker, Elizabeth Lester, Tommy Waltz, Kacy Woodworth, Joshua Charleton Witham, Jonathon Raines, Veronica Druchniak, Amanda Eaton, and band vocalists Alison Bogannon and Kyle Aarons.
Tickets are on sale now for Cast Aside's 2017 Professional Production Series that includes DISASTER! THE MUSICAL (7/13-7/16), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (8/17-8/26), and THE PILLOWMAN (10/20-10/29). For more information, visit castasideproductions.com.