In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's epic voyage, The 5th Avenue Theatre presented Titanic: The Concert, April 13-15. With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone, Titanic: The Concert was a unique way to celebrate the centennial of one of the most memorable events of the last century. Actors sang 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 came to life through music on The 5th Avenue stage on nights that coincided exactly with the ship's historic journey and tragic end. Go behind the scenes of the concert below!
The concert featured 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 was directed by 5th Avenue Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, with musical direction by Ian Eisendrath.
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.
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