By Andrew Gans
20 Jan 2014
Golden, who plays Norma Romano in the acclaimed series "Orange is the New Black," returns to the role of Shirley — having previously appeared in Disaster! during its run at The Triad in 2012 — through Feb. 7, replacing Mary Testa. On Feb. 10 comedian, writer and actress Judy Gold will take over the role of Shirley.
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 Haven Burton as Marianne, Paul Castree as Tony, Charity Dawson as Lavora Verona, Matt Farcher as Chad, Tom Riis Farrell as Maury, Seth Rudetsky as Professor Ted Scheider, Robb Sapp as Scott, Jennifer Simard as Sister Mary Downy and Jonah Verdon as Ben and Lisa. Playing multiples roles in the ensemble are Sherz Aletaha, Saum Eskandani and Maggie McDowell. Kristy Cavanaugh, Drew Geraci and Ashanti J’Aria are the company swings.
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, Thursday at 7 PM and Friday at 8 PM.
St. Luke’s Theatre is located at 308 W. 46th Street. Tickets, priced $49.50-$79.50 (previews - $39.50-$69.50), are available by visiting DisasterMusical.com.