Broadway musical performers sing eight shows a week--but the words and music are rarely their own.
June 28, members of the cast of Titanic will get a chance to show off their own songs for two shows 6 and 9 PM at CB's Gallery, the acoustic space at CBGB's music club in Manhattan.
The concert, titled "Floating City," was the idea of presenters Sean McCourt and Drew McVety. Both men share a cast -- Titanic -- and a history of composing.
McVety has created violin concertos, incidental music for plays, a BMI workshop musical, and co-founded the New York based Garage Ensemble, a rock chamber orchestra. McCourt's musical Last Romeo debuted at Penquin Repetory this season and he has written music for the children's charity, Songs of Love, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Theatre and the score for Snow Days, an independent film.
According to McCourt, he and McVety were inspired to pursue this concert a year ago when they were struck by the talents of their fellow Titanic cast members. "If we don't get these people to do our own stuff, we're crazy," he said.
The concert promises diverse styles from string quartet to rock guitar. Among other numbers, Victoria Clark will sing a McCourt ballad while Alice Ripley (Side Show) and McCourt will duet on his "Waltz With Me". Cass Morgan (The Capeman) will sing a bassanova written for her by Matthew Bennett and Bennett will cover his own '70s blues, "Desperate Love". Brian d'Arcy James will present a political piece of his own.
Other performers include Titanic's Melissa Bell, Bill Buell, Clarke Thorell and William Youmans.
Members of the "Floating City" band and backup vocalists include Shannon Ford (drums), James Jacobs (cello), Dan Lipton (piano), Leenya Rideout, Marguerite Shannon, Tom Tucker and Marcy McGuigan.
Jeff Halpern will musical direct with stage mangagement by Heather Cousens and sound engineering by Richard Joseph.
Tickets are available for $10 at the door on June 28. CB's Gallery is located at 313 Bowery at Bleeker Street.