Connecticut Theatre Company’s “Spotlight On…” series continues with a look into our talented cast of Disaster!. Get to know the delightful Doug McCarthy
What drew you to the show Disaster!?
Initially, I was not too familiar with the show. When I heard CTC was doing Disaster!, I went to check out the cast recording and was thrilled to find out that Broadway greats like Seth Rudetsky, Kerry Butler, Adam Pascal, and Roger Bart had been a part of the original show. The cast album itself was full of catchy songs that I couldn’t get out of my head. I also shared the music with my parents, who grew up with many of these songs, and they expressed interest in seeing the show. So finally I decided, why not audition to be a part of such a fun and hilarious show?
How long have you been doing theater?
I have been involved in theater for a while. I began performing in musical pit orchestras in middle school, and have dabbled in a few high school acting stints. However, only recently have I picked theater acting back up.
What’s your favorite disaster movie?
My favorite disaster of a movie/disaster movie is Birdemic. It is somehow even more ridiculous than Disaster!. Just go into the movie with zero expectations.
What’s your favorite song in the show?
Oh gosh, there are so many fun songs in the show. “Still the One” is (especially when performed by Lori Holm and Ed Rosenblat) so sweet and adorable that I can’t keep myself from smiling whenever I hear it. The entirety of Melissa Rostkoski’s “Never Can Say Goodbye” is just so hilarious. I think I will ultimately have to go with the ending of “I Am Woman”, though, because it is so empowering, has jamming instrumentals, and is just plain fun to listen to. Being able to sing it with the ultra-talented Kennedy Morris is a bonus treat.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I really love baking custom cakes in my free time!
Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick’s Disaster! opens October 11th and runs through October 27th at Connecticut Theatre Company. Tickets on sale now!