Drew McVety, Tom Hewitt, Philip Hoffman and More Set for Westchester Broadway Theatre's TITANIC, Now thru 2/23
Original Titanic Broadway cast member Drew McVety will again set sail in the Tony Award-winning musical, which begins performances at WBT tonight, January 16. The production, which is a new intimate adaptation of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's lushly scored musical about the doomed ocean liner, will run through February 23rd.
Original cast member Don Stephenson, who portrayed CharLes Clarke in the 1997 Broadway production of Titanic, directs the new staging that uses a cast of 20 and projections to tell the epic story. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro (Once Upon a Mattress, The Most Happy Fella). Ian Weinberger serves as musical director and conductor.
Drew McVety will play Henry Etches, Kate Walbye plays Ida Strauss, with Adam Heller as J. Bruce Ismay, Donna English as Alice Beane, Phillip Hoffman as Edgar Beane, William Parry as Captain Smith and Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt (Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Thomas Andrews.
Completing the cast are Will Boyajian, Jonathan Brody, Sarah Charles, Xander Chauncey, Ben Estus, Jeremy Ellison Gladstone, Elizabeth Hake, John Langley, Benjamin McHugh, Patricia Noonan, Christian Palmer, Noah Plomgren, Celeste Rose, and David Studwell.
Set design by Patrick Rizzotti, The special projections are by Howard Werner, Sound design by Jon Hatton and Mark Zuckerman, Lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, Derek Lockwood is the costume designer and Gerard Kelly is the wig designer. Victor Lukas is the Production Stage Manager and Lisa Tiso is the Producer.
The musical has a Tony-winning score by Yeston (Grand Hotel, Nine) and a Tony-winning book by the late Stone (The Will Rogers Follies, 1776). Titanic won 1997 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Stone), Best Orchestrations (Tunick), Best Score (Yeston) and Best Scenic Design.
As the original ad campaign for Titanic mused, the ship of dreams set sail from Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912, and in the spring of 1997, she finally arrived in New York. The massive production, with a large ensemble cast that included Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Brian d'Arcy James and Martin Moran. The musical opened to strong critical notices at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, and later earned the Tony Awards for Best Book (Peter Stone), Best Score, Best Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick), Best Scenic Design (Stewart Laing) and Best Musical.
Don Stephenson (Director) starred as Leo Bloom in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of The Producers. Also on Broadway he created the role of Renfield in Dracula and the role of CharLes Clarke in Titanic. Other Broadway credits include Parade, By Jeeves, Wonderful Town, Private Lives, Rock of Ages, and Pardon My English. Off Broadway: Sid Davis in Take Me Along at Irish Rep, Anatoly in Chess, and Zach in The Tavern at Equity Library Theatre. As a director, he has directed critically acclaimed productions of The 39 Steps, Titanic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Oleanna and The Great Unknown. He is married to Emily Loesser, daughter of Guys and Dolls composer Frank Loesser.