Michele Ragusa Will Replace Victoria Clark in Titanic Concert at Avery Fisher Hall

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10 Feb 2014

Michele Ragusa
Michele Ragusa

Michele Ragusa will replace original cast member Tony winner Victoria Clark in the Manhattan Concert Productions one-night-only concert presentation of the Tony-winning musical Titanic Feb. 17 at Avery Fisher Hall.

Ragusa (Young Frankenstein) steps into the role of Alice Beane, originated by Clark in the 1997 Broadway production of the Maury Yeston-Peter Stone musical. Don Stephenson, who portrayed Charles Clarke in the original production, directs the 8 PM concert.

Original Broadway musical director, musical supervisor and conductor Kevin Stites, who has been musical director for numerous productions of Titanic since its Broadway bow, will also musical direct the upcoming concert. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro (Once Upon a Mattress, The Most Happy Fella).

The previously announced cast features numerous members of the original Broadway company. Scheduled to perform are Becky Ann Baker as Charlotte Cardoza, John Bolton as Charles Lightoller, Bill Buell as Edgar Beane, Michael Cerveris as Thomas Andrews, Mindy Cooper as Edith Corse Evans, Allan Corduner as Henry Etches, David Costabile as William Murdoch, Alma Cuervo as Ida Straus, John Cunningham as Captain E. J. Smith, Brian d'Arcy James Frederick Barrett, Lisa Datz as Madeleine Astor, David Elder as Frederick Fleet, David Garrison as J. Bruce Ismay, Jody Gelb as Eleanor Widener, Erin Hill as Kate Mullins, Robin Irwin as Marion Thayer, Scott Burkell as George Widener/Frank Carlson, Joseph Kolinski as Benjamin Guggenheim, Theresa Mccarthy as Kate Murphey, Drew Mcvety as Herbert J. Pitman/J.H. Rogers, Martin Moran as Harold Bride, Jonathan Brody as John B. Thayer, Jill Paice as Caroline Neville, Jennifer Piech as Kate Mcgowan, Ron Raines as Isidor Straus, Ryan Silverman as Charles Clarke, Ted Sperling as Joseph Bell/Wallace Hartley, Clarke Thorell as Jim Farrell and William Youmans as J.J. Astor.

The Titanic chorus will feature 200 singers from across the country, accompanied by the professional New York City Chamber Orchestra.



Titanic will have projection designs by Shawn Sagady, lighting design by Stephen Terry and set design by Narelle Sissons.

The musical has a Tony-winning score by Yeston (Grand Hotel, Nine) and a Tony-winning book by the late Stone (The Will Rogers Follies, 1776). Titanic won 1997 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Stone), Best Musical, Best Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick), Best Score (Yeston) and Best Scenic Design (Stewart Laing).

Click here to read Playbill.com's 2012 interview with Tony-winning Titanic composer-lyricist Yeston, who reflected on the musical and the 100th anniversary of the ship's maiden voyage.

Manhattan Concert Productions is an educational performance company dedicated to excellence in music making, hospitality and travel details. Its focus is placed on the selection and preparation of visiting musicians, guest conductors, professional bands and orchestras, and soloists.

Tickets, starting at $50, are now on sale. Phone (212) 721-6500 or visit lincolncenter.org.