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Encores! News Jose Llana Boards Starry City Center Encores! Titanic

Llana replaces Oh, Mary!'s Broadway-bound Conrad Ricamora.

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Jose Llana, seen on Broadway earlier this season in the new musical Here Lies Love, has joined the City Center Encores! production of the Tony-winning musical Titanic, the final production of the 30th anniversary Encores! series. Performances are scheduled for June 11–23. (There will be no June 16 performance because of the Tony Awards.)

Llana is stepping into the role of Thomas Andrews, replacing the previously announced Conrad Ricamora, Llana's Here Lies Love co-star who is returning to Broadway in the Off-Broadway hit Oh, Mary!

The starry Titanic cast will also feature Chuck Cooper as Captain E.J. Smith, Eddie Cooper as Henry Etches, Drew Gehling as Edgar Beane, Ramin Karimloo as Frederick Barrett, Emilie Kouatchou as Caroline Neville, Judy Kuhn as Ida Straus, Bonnie Milligan as Alice Beane, Brandon Uranowitz as J. Bruce Ismay, Samantha Williams as Kate McGowan, Shereen Ahmed as Kate Murphey, Ashley Blanchet as Kate Mullins, Adam Chanler-Berat as First Officer Murdoch, Andrew Durand as Jim Farrell, Alex Joseph Grayson as Harold Bride, Jo Lampert as the Bellboy, Nathan Salstone as Fredrick Fleet, A.J. Shively as Charles Clarke, and Chip Zien as Isador Straus.

The upcoming concert staging will be directed by Anne Kauffman with choreography by Danny Mefford. Rob Berman will lead The Encores! Orchestra as guest music director.

The limited engagement will also have orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, costume design by Márion Talán de la Rosa, lighting design by David Weiner, and sound design by Megumi Katayama.

With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel) and a book by Peter Stone (Woman of the Year and 1776), Titanic won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book.

Earlier this season, the City Center Encores! series presented two-week engagements of Once Upon a Mattress and Jelly's Last Jam. Casting for all three productions is by The Telsey Office.


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