NYMF Announces Cast of 30 for World Premiere of Hurricane

News   NYMF Announces Cast of 30 for World Premiere of Hurricane
Casting has been announced for the epic Michael Holland and Eric Bernat musical Hurricane, which will premiere as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival on Sept. 28.

Michael Bush (To Paint the Earth) will direct the largest cast in NYMF history: 30 members. Jesse Vargas (Rooms, bare) serves as musical director. Hurricane will run through Oct. 10 at the Theatre at St. Clement's.

The ensemble cast includes Stephen Booth, T.J. Mannix, Rita Gardner, Karen Elliott, John Antony, Christy Morton, Joe Mahowald, Zachary Clause, Joey Khoury, Brittney Lee Hamilton, Steve Watts, Catherine Charlebois, Natalie Charle Ellis, Mishaela Faucher, Bayla Whitten, Alec Cohen, Maya Frank, Patricia Noonan, Patty Lohr, Beth Kirkpatrick, Ron DeStefano, Ryan Murray, Dan Debenport, Kenneth Cavett, Erin Childs, Jeremy Ritz, Marisa Pierini, Athena Ripka, Brandon Rakowski and Austin Zambito-Valente.

Hurricane, according to NYMF, "tells the stories of coastal Napatree, Rhode Island and its inhabitants before, during, and immediately following the Great Hurricane of 1938. Owing to bureaucratic incompetence, this killer storm made landfall unannounced, with a path of destruction on the east coast that left more than 600 dead, one that effectively erased Napatree from the map. As the unsuspecting citizens go about their daily lives, a lone weather forecaster tries in vain to alert his indifferent superiors to the danger at hand, and one of New England's greatest natural catastrophes unfolds. With a rich, modern score echoing New England folksong and big band jazz, Hurricane ultimately emerges as a testament to hope, endurance, rebirth, and survival."

The creative team includes Tony Award winner Christopher Akerlind (set and lighting design), Paul Staroba (assistant music director), Kelli Barclay (choreographer), David Margolin Lawson (sound design) and Karen Ann Ledger (costume design).

Hurricane has book, music and lyrics by Holland (Believe in Me…a Bigfoot musical) and additional book by Eric Bernat (BEND). For tickets phone (212) 352-3101 or visit NYMF.

The Theatre at St. Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street.

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