In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's epic voyage, The 5th Avenue Theatre is presenting Titanic: The Concert. With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone, Titanic: The Concert is a unique way to celebrate the centennial of one of the most memorable events of the last century. Actors will sing with the support of a 25-piece orchestra and the 80 voices of the award-winning Pacific Lutheran University Choral Union. The story of the Titanic will come to life through music on The 5th Avenue stage on nights that coincide exactly with the ship's historic journey and tragic end.
The concert features the tremendous voices of Seattle and Broadway musical theater stars including Ed Watts, Stanley Bahorek, Greg Stone, Anne Allgood, Ryah Nixon, Allen Fitzpatrick, Timothy Piggee, David Pichette, Jeff Steitzer, and Carol Swarbrick. The concert will be directed by 5th Avenue Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, with musical direction by Ian Eisendrath.
Titanic: The Concert plays four performances only – April 13-15, 2012 at The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101). Tickets (starting at $19.00) may be purchased at www.5thavenue.org, by phone at 206-625-1900, or at the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle.
The tragic tale of the April 15, 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic has been retold time and again from thousands of perspectives. In 1997, the story was brought to life in a musical format when Titanic opened on Broadway. With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel, December Songs) and a book by Peter Stone (The Will Rogers Follies, 1776, Curtains), the musical is based on true stories of the Titanic's crew and passengers, and follows members of both the elite and the working class as they journey on the "Ship of Dreams." With its delicately intertwining stories and lush music, Titanic took top awards at the 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations, and Best Scenic Design. It also won the 1997 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations.
"Maury Yeston's breathtaking music and lyrics make Titanic: The Musical one of the most beautiful musicals of the modern era," said 5th Avenue Theatre Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong. "Our concert will make this timeless score the star, showcased by some of the finest voices in the country accompanied by a full orchestra."
Titanic stars Broadway's Ed Watts as Barrett, the stoker. Watts returns to The 5th Avenue Theatre where he recently appeared in the world premiere musical Saving Aimee. Watts also starred in The 5th Avenue's acclaimed production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Most recently seen in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway, he has also performed in the Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow, The Most Happy Fella at The New York City Opera, and the national tour of Les Misérables.
As telegraph operator Harold Bride, Stanley Bahorek returns to The 5th where he starred in Candide as the title character in The 5th's 2010 production. The New York star was most recently seen in Amadeus at the Alley Theatre. He has performed in the national tour of Big River, on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Off-Broadway in Rent and See Rock City.