By Michael Gioia
13 Jun 2014
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Margaret Hayden re-creates Drew Scott Harris' 2003 staging of Titanic for Lyric Stage, and Lyric Stage music director Jay Dias conducts the 35-piece Lyric Stage Orchestra.
"Drew's conception of Titanic focuses on the people aboard the ship rather than the spectacle of the sinking and it was a huge hit for Lyric Stage in 2003," said Lyric Stage founding producer Steven Jones in a previous statement. "Thirty-seven voices singing Maury Yeston's glorious score accompanied by the thirty-five piece Lyric Stage orchestra will be thrilling."
The cast includes James Williams as Captain Smith; Ryan Appleby as Andrews, the designer and builder of the Titanic; Greg Dulcie as Bruce Ismay, the owner of the Titanic; Lois Sonnier Hart and Jay Taylor as Isidor and Ida Straus, owners of Macy’s Department Store; Mary Gilbreath Grimm and Mark Oristano as second class passengers Alice and Edgar Beane; and Kylie Arnold and Anthony Fortino as third class passenger Kate McGowan and stoker Frederick Barrett.
Performances run through June 22.
Titanic, according to Lyric Stage, "examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in the quintessential disaster of the 20th Century. This is the factual story of the ship, her officers, crew and passengers told through a glorious score filled with gorgeous choral anthems."
Other members of the creative team include costume designer Ryan Matthieu Smith, lighting designer Julie A. Simmons, properties designer Jane Quetin and sound designer Bill Eickenloff.
Titanic opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre April 23, 1997, and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.
Irving Arts Center's Carpenter Performance Hall is located at 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving, TX. For more information and tickets, call (972) 252-2787 or visit LyricStage.org.