EXCLUSIVE: Muny's Titanic to Feature Hewitt, Leung, Stram, Ragusa, Grove and More

News   EXCLUSIVE: Muny's Titanic to Feature Hewitt, Leung, Stram, Ragusa, Grove and More
Tom Hewitt, who received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for his performance in The Rocky Horror Show, will play the role of ship architect Thomas Andrews in the St. Louis Muny's upcoming production of the Tony-winning musical Titanic, which will begin performances July 5 at the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre.

Tom Hewitt
Tom Hewitt

Directed by Don Stephenson with choreography by Liza Gennaro, the production will run through July 11.

The large cast will also boast the talents of Joneal Joplin as Captain E.J. Smith, Ben Crawford as Frederick Barrett, Telly Leung as Harold Bride, Henry Stram as Henry Etches, Christian Probst as Bellboy, William Youmans as J. Bruce Ismay, Drae Page as Jack Thayer, Derek Carley as Charles Clarke, Meggie Cansler as Caroline Neville, Rich Pisarkiewicz as Edgar Beane, Michele Ragusa as Alice Beane, Jessica Grove as Kate McGowen, Justin Scott Brown as Jim Farrell, Ron Raines as Isldor Straus/3rd Class Passenger, Claudia Catania as Ida Straus/3rd Class Passenger, Raymond Fournie as JJ Astor/3rd Class Passenger/Stevedore, Robert Earl Gleason as Benjamin Guggenheim/3rd Class Passenger, Neal Frederiksen as John B. Thayer/3rd Class Passenger, John Meurer as George Widener/Frank Carlson/3rd Class Passenger, Michele Burdette-Elmore as Charlotte Cardoza/3rd Class Passenger, Gary Glasgow as 3rd Officer Herbert J. Pitman/The Major/3rd Class Passenger, Nick Cosgrove as Frederick Fleet, Kent Overshown as Quartermaster Robert Hitchens, John Riddle as Wallace Hartley, Amy Blackman as Madeline Astor, Gia Grazia Valenti as Mme. Aubert, Karin Berutti as Marion Thayer, Laura Ackerman as Eleanor Widener, Mark Frieman as J.H. Rogers (aka Yates), Madeline Trumble as Kate Murphey, and Mary Michael Patterson and Andy Jones as the "Doing the Latest Rag" Specialty.

The ensemble comprises Laura Ackermann, Karin Berutti, Amy Blackman, Matthew Braver, Amanda Choate, Nick Cosgrove, Mark Freiman, Colin Hartman, Andy Jones, Samantha Massell, Kent Overshown, Mary Michael Patterson, John Riddle, Patrick Ross, Madeline Trumble and Gia Grazia Valenti.

The production will feature musical direction by Kevin Stites, set design by Michael Anania and lighting design by David Lander. The production stage manager is Peter Hynds; the assistant stage manager is Lorraine LiCavoli; and the resident stage manager is Joseph Schulte.

Paul Blake produces for The Muny; the associate producer is Mike Bosner. Titanic won 1997 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Peter Stone), Best Musical, Best Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick), Best Score (Maury Yeston) and Best Lighting Design (Stewart Laing).

The remainder of the season includes Beauty and the Beast, now through June 30; Damn Yankees, July 12-18; Cats, July 19-25; The Sound of Music, July 26-Aug. 1; Footloose, Aug. 2-8; and Show Boat, Aug 9-15.

For more information about The Muny and the 2010 productions, call (314) 361-1900 or visit www.muny.org.

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