"Ms. Ragusa give an inspired comic performance with consistently hilarious effect." —New York Times
"Ragusa is an absolute scream.....threatening to steal the show with nearly every entrance and exit." — Broadway.comListen to Michele Ragusa
Michele Ragusa Is thrilled to be making her debut with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera! She has starred in the Kennedy Center’s Holiday Pops with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta. She has performed with Stuart Chafetz for the Toronto, Detroit, Indianapolis, Long Beach, Modesto, and Naples Symphonies as well as the Baltimore Philharmonic. She also recently starred with both the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Kansas City Symphonies for concert versions of The Music Man and also starred in concert versions of Funny Girl and Kiss Me Kate with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She last starred on Broadway as Elizabeth in Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein, succeeding Megan Mullally. She won the Barrymore Award and received both Lortel and Drama League nominations for her performance as Corinna in Christopher Durang’s Adrift In Macao at Primary Stages, New York City. She won the Rabin Award for her performance of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls with the Dallas Theatre and San Jose Repertoire Theatre. She most recently starred in the premiere of Radio Girl at the Goodspeed Opera House with music by Henry Kreiger (Dreamgirls). Other Broadway: Urinetown (Penny/Hope cover); Ragtime (Evelyn); A Class Act (Mona); Titanic (Caroline); Cyrano (the Novice). Other NYC: Adrift In Macao (Corinna). Regional Credits: Hello Dolly (Dolly) - Riverside Theatre; Titanic (Alice Beane) – MUNY; King and I (Anna) – Maltz Theatre; Gypsy (Rose) – The Hangar Theatre; The Drowsy Chaperone (Chaperone) – Cape Playhouse; The Full Monty (Vickie) - Paper Mill; World Goes Round – Pittsburgh Public; Kiss Me Kate ( Lilli/Kate) – Paper Mill Playhouse; Bad Dates- Studio Arena; She Loves Me (Amalia) - Paper Mill Playhouse; Guys and Dolls (Adelaide) – Dallas Theatre Center and San Jose Rep; Noises Off (Belinda) - Studio Arena; Side…Sondheim – Berkshire Theatre Festival; Nunsense (Sr. Amnesia) – Sacramento Music Circus; My Fair Lady (Eliza) with Michael Moriarty - Westbury/Valley Forge; Lend Me A Tenor (Maria) - Portland Stage; Me and My Girl (Jacquie) – Goodspeed Opera House; and South Pacific (Nellie) -Dallas Theatre Center. More information at www.micheleragusa.com.