BWW Exclusive: Cast of Dreams! Michael Cerveris, Brian d'Arcy James, Victoria Clark, Jill Paice & More Set to Lead MCP's TITANIC Concert
Manhattan Concert Productions has just announced the full cast for the second installment of its Broadway Series, with a concert performance of, Titanic The Musical. This concert performance will feature almost all of the cast members from the original Tony Award winning Broadway production.
Manhattan Concert Productions presents the following cast for this, one-off concert performance of Titanic The Musical: Becky Ann Baker, as Charlotte Cardoza; John Bolton, as Charles Lightoller; Bill Buell, as Edgar Beane; Michael Cerveris, as Thomas Andrews; Victoria Clark, as Alice Beane; Mindy Cooper, as Edith Corse Evans; Allan Corduner, as Henry Etches; David Costabile, as William Murdoch; Alma Cuervo, as Ida Straus; John Cunningham, as Captain E. J. Smith; Brian d'Arcy James, as Frederick Barrett; Lisa Datz, as Madeleine Astor; David Elder, as Frederick Fleet; David Garrison, as J. Bruce Ismay; Jody Gelb, as Eleanor Widener; Erin Hill, as Kate Mullins; Robin Irwin, as Marion Thayer; John Jellison, as George Widener / Frank Carlson; Joseph Kolinski, as Benjamin Guggenheim ; Theresa McCarthy, as Kate Murphey; Drew McVety, as Herbert J. Pitman / J.H. Rogers; Martin Moran, as Harold Bride; Michael Mulheren, as John B. Thayer; Jill Paice, as Caroline Neville; Jennifer Piech, as Kate McGowan; Ron Raines, as Isidor Straus; Ryan Silverman, as CharLes Clarke; Ted Sperling, as Joseph Bell / Wallace Hartley; Clarke Thorell, as Jim Farrell; William Youmans, as J.J. Astor
The TITANIC chorus will feature nearly 250 singers from across the country, accompanied by the professional New York City Chamber Orchestra. The guest musicians will spend four days in New York City rehearsing and working side-by-side with the professional principal cast, as part of Manhattan Concert Productions' continued work bringing professionals and students together. This concert performance will be Directed by Don Stephenson with Music Director/Conducted by Kevin Stites.
The discovery of the wreckage of the RMS Titanic in 1985 piqued playwright, Maury Yeston's interest in writing a musical about the famous disaster.
"What drew me to the project was the positive aspects of what the ship represented - 1) humankind's striving after great artistic works and similar technological feats, despite the possibility of tragic failure, and 2) the dreams of the passengers on board: 3rd Class, to immigrate to America for a better life; 2nd Class, to live a leisured lifestyle in imitation of the upper classes; 1st Class, to maintain their privileged positions forever. The collision with the iceberg dashed all of these dreams simultaneously, and the subsequent transformation of character of the passengers and crew had, it seemed to me, the potential for great emotional and musical expression onstage".
Writer Peter Stone personalizes the Titanic catastrophe in his book by focusing on a variety of couples on board who are based on real passengers: elderly Isidor Straus and his devoted wife, Ida, are travelling first class, while Alice Beane, from second-class, has social ambitions which her husband, Edgar, finds mortifying. Also in second-class is Lady Caroline Neville, who has eloped with CharLes Clarke, a journalist who is her social inferior, while in third class, Irish Kate McGowan conducts an on-board romance with Jim Farrell.
The sold out performance of Ragtime in February 2013, as part of Manhattan Concert Productions' Broadway Series at Avery Fisher Hall, saw some of Broadway's biggest stars take to the stage. The cast included: Michael Arden, Phillip Boykin, Kerry Butler, Matt Cavenaugh, Tyne Daly, Jarrod Emick, Manoel Felciano, Dick Latessa, Norm Lewis, Jose Llana, Michael McCormick, Howard McGillin, Patina Miller, Lea Salonga, and NaTasha Yvette Williams.
Don't miss this star-studded performance at renowned Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center!
Now in its 15th season, Manhattan Concert Productions is an esteemed Production Company dedicated to excellence in music making, hospitality and travel details. Its focus is placed on the selection and preparation of visiting musicians, guest conductors, professional bands and orchestras, and soloists. MCP offers workshops, festivals and performance opportunities in renowned venues around the world. Manhattan Concert Productions will also produce Broadway Classics at Carnegie Hall onFriday, November 29 at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall. Featuring Phillip Boykin, Julia Bullock, Carolee Carmello, and Cheyenne Jackson.
Visit www.mcp.us to learn more.