Tom Hewitt Steps in for Robert Cuccioli in Hangar Theatre's Titanic
By Adam Hetrick
Tom Hewitt will take over for Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli as ship architect Thomas Andrews in the Hangar Theatre production of the Tony Award-winning musical Titanic.
Hewitt performed the role of Andrews last summer for a staging at the St. Louis MUNY. He steps in for Cuccioli, who had to exit the production for an upcoming role.
Original cast member Don Stephenson, who portrayed Charles Clarke in the 1997 Broadway production, directs the new intimate staging that uses a cast of 20 (pared down from the original 40) and projections to tell the epic story. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro.
Titanic will run July 12-28.
The cast also features original Titanic Broadway cast members Alma Cuervo as Ida Strauss, William Youmans as Ismay and Drew McVety as Etches, with Christianne Tisdale (On A Clear Day...) as Alice Beane, Phillip Hoffman as Edgar Beane and Joneil Joplin as Captain Smith.
Completing the cast are Will Boyajian, Sarah Charles, Xander Chauncey, Katie Drinkard, Jeremy Ellison Gladstone, Elizabeth Hake, Greg Kamp, John Langley, Matt Madden, Christian Palmer, Noah Plomgren, Ariella Serur and David Studwell.
Original Broadway musical director, musical supervisor and conductor, Kevin Stites, who has been musical director for numerous productions of Titanic since its Broadway bow, serves as musical supervisor at the Hangar. Ian Weinberger serves as musical director and conductor.
The musical has a Tony-winning score by Maury Yeston (Grand Hotel, Nine) and a Tony-winning book by the late Peter 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).
The Hangar Theatre is located in Ithaca, NY. Visit HangarTheatre.org.
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