Intimate Version of Titanic Will Dock in Chicago; Cast Announced

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22 Aug 2014

Justin Adair
Justin Adair

A new, intimate version of the Tony Award-winning musical Titanic, which dramatizes the maiden voyage of the ill-fated luxury liner, will play Chicago's Griffin Theatre Company this fall. Casting has been revealed.

Directed by Scott Weinstein, with musical direction by Elizabeth Doran, Titanic will run Oct. 18-Dec. 8 at Theater Wit. The staging is billed as a "newly reworked, intimate musical telling" of the production.

The 20-member cast will include Kelley Abbel as Kate Murphey, Justin Adair as Fred Barret, Neala Barron as Alice Beane, Patrick Byrnes as Charles Lightoller, Matt Edmonds as Charles Clarke, Emily Grayson as Ida Strauss, Courtney Jones as Kate McGowan, John Keating as Henry Etches, Royen Kent as Harold Bride, Josh Kohane as Frederick Fleet, Eric Lindahl as Thomas Andrews, Scott Alan Luke as J. Bruce Ismay, Jake Mahler as Edgar Beane, Laura McClain as Caroline Neville, Christine Perkins as Kate Mullins, Kevin Stangler as Jim Farrell, Sean Thomas as Isador Strauss and Peter Vamvakas as Captain Smith.

The production is based on a 2012 production at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, that was conceived by original Titanic Broadway cast member Don Stephenson. It streamlined the cast from 45 to 20 and incorporated new orchestrations (designed to make the score feel as if it were played by the ship's band), as well as the re-introduction of material originally cut from the New York production. Some existing material was reordered and reassigned. The version has since played London's Southwark Playhouse. A Broadway production, based on the new model for the show, is aiming for a future run.

The creative team team includes Joe Schermoly (scenic design), Rachel Sypniewski (costume design), Brandon Wardell (lighting design), Christopher Kriz (sound design) and Adam Goldstein (dialect coach) and Morgan Maher (dramaturg).



The musical has a Tony-winning score by Maury Yeston (Grand Hotel, Nine) and a Tony-winning book by the late Peter Stone (The Will Rogers Follies, 1776). It opened on Broadway April 23, 1997.

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).

Tickets are available at theaterwit.org.