Titanic Concert to Feature Petkoff, Foley, Hanks, Hurlbert and More

By Andrew Gans
May 19, 2010

Casting is nearly complete for the concert version of the Tony Award-winning Maury Yeston-Peter Stone musical Titanic, which will be presented June 21 in Manhattan to benefit the New York Society for Ethical Culture.



Produced by Sarah Melissa Rotker in association with Josh Wellman, the event will be held in NYSEC's 800-seat Concert Hall. Matthew Hamel will direct the evening, which will feature musical direction by Jonathan Tessero, who will lead an orchestra of 20 and a cast of 24.

Currently the company will feature original cast members Michael Mulheren as John Thayer, Don Stephenson as Charles Clarke, Emily Loesser as Caroline Neville, John Jellison as Isidor Straus, Martin Moran as Harold Bride, Henry Stram as Etches, Alma Cuervo as Ida Strauss and Jennifer Piech as Kate McGowan with Tim Jerome as Captain Smith, John Hickok as J. Bruce Ismay, Robert Petkoff as Thomas Andrews  as well as Eamon Foley, Blair Ross, Patrick Wetzel, Bailey Hanks, Brian O'Brien, Rick Hilsabeck and Autumn Hurlbert.

Producer Rotker stated, "The New York Society for Ethical Culture holds a special place in the social history of New York City, and Titanic is the perfect vehicle to raise money for this important institution. With its issues of class and the human costs of industrialization, I can't think of a more relevant show at this point in our history."

Titanic won 1997 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Peter Stone), Best Musical, Best Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick), Best Score (Maury Yeston) and Best Lighting Design (Stewart Laing).

Concert tickets, priced $15-$20, and VIP packages, priced $50-$75, are available by visiting https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/7972095 or by calling (212) 352-3101. All proceeds benefit the New York Society for Ethical Culture in celebration of its 2010 Building Centennial.

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New York Society for Ethical Culture is the "cornerstone of a humanist movement where Ethics is central and dedicated to social justice for all."