Titanic: The Concert, With Ed Watts and Stanley Bahorek, to Mark Centennial in Seattle
By Adam Hetrick
Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre will commemorate the centennial of the maiden voyage of the Titanic with a staged concert of the Tony Award-winning 1997 musical about the doomed luxury liner by Maury Yeston and Peter Stone April 13-15.
5th Avenue producing artistic director David Armstrong will stage the concert presentation of the lushly-scored musical that will incorporate a 25-piece orchestra and 80 members of the Pacific Lutheran University Choral Union. Ian Eisendrath will musical direct.
The musical has a Tony-winning score by Yeston (Grand Hotel, Nine) and a Tony-winning book by the late Peter Stone (The Will Rogers Follies, 1776). The luxury liner famously sank off the coast of Newfoundland during its maiden voyage April 15, 1912.
Ed Watts (Finian's Rainbow, Saving Aimee) will play Barrett, with Stanley Bahorek (The Fantasticks, Spelling Bee) as Harold Bride, Greg Stone (Les Miserables, The Pirate Queen) as Thomas Andrews, Seattle stage veteran Anne Allgood (Oklahoma!) as Alice Beane, Ryah Nixon (9 to 5) as Kate McGowan, Allen Fitzpatrick (Sunset Boulevard) as Captain E.J. Smith, Timothy Piggee (Catch Me If You Can) as William Murdoch, Jeff Steitzer (Mary Poppins) as The Major, David Pichette (Oklahoma!) as as Henry Etches and Carol Swarbrick as Ida Strauss (Side by Side by Sondheim).
Completing the cast will be Andi Alhadeff, Jared Michael Brown, Molly Davidson, Bob De Dea, Kirsten deLohr Helland, Nick DeSantis, Jim Dries, Mary Jo DuGaw, Anne Eisendrath, Sean Glynn, Hugh Hastings, Eric Jensen, Corinna Lapid Munter, Lindsey Larson, Matthew Lewis, Sonya Meyer, Cheryl Massey Peters, Robert McPherson, Matt Owen, Lindsay Powers, David Quicksall, Heath Saunders, Aaron Shanks and Jenny Shotwell.
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).
Titanic: The Concert will play four performances. Tickets, beginning at $19, are available by phoning (206) 625-1900 or by visiting 5thAvenue.
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