More Cast Announced for 6/21 TITANIC Benefit; Petkoff, Stephenson, Hanks, Loesser & More

More Cast Announced for 6/21 TITANIC Benefit; Petkoff, Stephenson, Hanks, Loesser & MoreTitanic composer/lyricist Maury Yeston has joined a panel that will precede the June 21 benefit concert of the Tony-winning musical. The conversation will focus on the creative process of creating the original Broadway production, the historical event itself, and the ethical issues brought to light by the sinking and the great loss of life. The talkback will begin at 6:30 PM and is included in the cost of admission to the 7:30 PM concert, which will benefit the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC). Produced by Sarah Melissa Rotker in association with Josh Wellman, the event will take place in NYSEC's 800-seat Concert Hall, located at 2 W. 64th St. at Central Park West.

Joining the cast for the evening are original cast members Michael Mulheren (reprising his role as John Thayer), Don Stephenson as Charles Clarke, Emily Loesser as Caroline Neville, and John Jellison as Isidor Straus. Robert Petkoff, recently appearing on Broadway in this season's revival of Ragtime, will play the role of Thomas Andrews. Also joining the cast are Eamon Foley, Blair Ross, Patrick Wetzel, Bailey Hanks, Brian O'Brien, Rick Hilsabeck, and Autumn Hurlbert.

Previously announced are original cast members Martin Moran as Harold Bride, Henry Stram as Etches, Alma Cuervo as Ida Strauss, and Jennifer Piech as Kate McGowan, as well as Tim Jerome as Captain Smith and John Hickok as J. Bruce Ismay.

Concert ticket prices range from $15.00 - $20.00 and are available at or by telephone at 212-352-3101. Tickets for the post-show VIP cocktail reception range from $50.00 - $75.00 and are an optional addition to the basic ticket purchase upon checkout. The $50 "First Officer" package includes an invitation to the post-show reception with the cast, a limited edition signed poster, and donor recognition in the program. The $75 "Captain" package also includes an exclusive gift bag provided by event sponsors. All proceeds benefit the New York Society for Ethical Culture in celebration of its 2010 Building Centennial.

NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE is the cornerstone of a humanist movement where Ethics is central and dedicated to social justice for all. Ethical Culture was founded in 1876 in New York City and emphasizes expressing one's conscience through moral and humane actions, the demonstrated capacity of people to do good things, and the worth and dignity of all people. The organization has been part of the fabric of life in New York City for over a century and its impact can be felt nationwide. NYSEC founded or helped establish organizations including the NAACP; the ACLU; the Visiting Nurse Service; the Ethical Culture Fieldston School; the National Urban League, the U.S. Settlement House movement; and the Encampment for Citizenship. The Society is housed in a landmark building on Central Park West that celebrates its 100th Anniversary this October. The building is home to hundreds of community programs a year including panel discussions, concerts, theatrical events, and writing, music and art workshops. NYSEC's Social Service Board runs a women's shelter on-site; operates a supervised visitation program for families in crisis; and sponsors homeless artists and writers workshop exhibitions. For more information, visit

TITANIC is Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's musical and winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Score. Its original Broadway cast featured Michael Cerveris, Brian d'Arcy James, Martin Moran, and Alma Cuervo. It is set aboard the RMS Titanic during the liner's ill-fated maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City, which infamously ended with the loss of the ship and over 1500 lives. Titanic interweaves stories of passengers of all classes, along with the ship's crew and orchestra.


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