Mary Birdsong Will Join Company of Off-Broadway's Disaster!

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04 Dec 2013

Mary Birdsong
Mary Birdsong

Mary Birdsong will join the cast of Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's Disaster! A 1970’s Disaster Movie…Musical beginning Dec. 9 at St. Luke’s Theatre.

Birdsong will succeed Michele Ragusa in the role of lounge singer Jackie; Ragusa will play her final performance Dec. 6. Birdsong has been seen on Broadway in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (Theatre World Award) and Hairspray.

Directed by Plotnick with choreography by Denis Jones and music direction by Larry Pressgrove, the new musical is based on 1970’s disaster movies with a score consisting of 1970’s pop, rock and disco hit songs.

The cast also features Sherz Aletaha, Haven Burton, Charity Dawson, Saum Eskandani, Matt Farcher, Tom Riis Farrell, Maggie McDowell, co-creators Rudetsky and Plotnick, Robb Sapp, Jennifer Simard, two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa and Jonah Verdon.

"The year is 1979," according to press notes. "All the hottest New York City A-Listers are putting on their platform shoes and polyester disco shirts and heading to the grand opening of Manhattan's first floating casino and discotheque. Little do they know that the pier built to house the huge boat was drilled into the center of a dangerous and unstable fault-line.… Earthquake, tidal wave, infernos, killer bees, rats, sharks and piranhas all threaten the guests. Who will survive? The greedy tycoon? The aging showgirl and her 11-year-old twins? The washed-up disco star? The disaster expert still mourning the loss of his wife? The nun with the gambling addiction? The older couple with a terrible secret? And will the bra-burning feminist find love with the man who's lost his dreams?"



The score features "Hot Stuff," "I Am Woman," "Knock On Wood," "Daybreak," "Signed, Sealed Delivered" and more.

The creative team also includes associate director/choreographer Drew Geraci, costume designer Brian Hemesath, set and lighting designer Josh Iacovelli, sound designer Brett Rothstein, stage manager Jeff Lavotl, assistant stage manager Tom Kosis and musical supervisor Steve Marzullo.

Show times are Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 PM, Wednesday at 2:30 PM and Friday at 8 PM.

St. Luke’s Theater is located at 308 W. 46th Street. Tickets, priced $49.50-$79.50 (previews - $39.50-$69.50), are available by visiting DisasterMusical.com.

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The cast of Disaster!
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