PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Silverman, Michael Cerveris and Clarke Thorell Share Backstage Pics from Star-Studded Titanic Concert
By Matthew Blank
Original cast members from the 1997 Broadway premiere of Titanic, including Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Cerveris, David Garrison and Martin Moran, reunited at Avery Fisher Hall Feb. 17 for a presentation of the Tony Award-winning musical. Ryan Silverman shares photos he snapped from rehearsals and backstage at the Hall, with contributions from Michael Cerveris, Lisa Datz and Clarke Thorell.
Don Stephenson, who portrayed Charles Clarke in the original production, directed the 8 PM concert of the Maury Yeston-Peter Stone musical about the doomed luxury liner.
Original Broadway musical director, musical supervisor and conductor Kevin Stites, who has been musical director for numerous productions of Titanic since its Broadway bow, was musical director for the evening. Choreography was by Liza Gennaro (Once Upon a Mattress, The Most Happy Fella).
The cast included Michele Ragusa as Alice Beane, Becky Ann Baker as Charlotte Cardoza, John Bolton as Charles Lightoller, John Jellison as Edgar Beane, Michael Cerveris as Thomas Andrews, 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 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, Scott Burkell 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, Jonathan Brody 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 and William Youmans as J.J. Astor.
The Titanic chorus featured 200 singers from across the country, accompanied by the professional New York City Chamber Orchestra.
Titanic had projection designs by Shawn Sagady, lighting design by Stephen Terry and set design by Narelle Sissons.
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 Book of a Musical (Stone), Best Musical, Best Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick), Best Score (Yeston) and Best Scenic Design (Stewart Laing).
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