Lyric Stage, Dallas County’s only locally produced professional musical theater company, closed its twenty-first season with Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s Tony Award winning musical TITANIC, June 13-22, 2014 in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall.
TITANIC examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in the quintessential disaster of the 20th Century. This is the factual story of the ship, her officers, crew and passengers told through a glorious score filled with gorgeous choral anthems. TITANIC opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre April 23, 1997 and won five TONY Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book (musical).
With TITANIC slated to return to Broadway next season, Lyric Stage Founding Producer Steven Jones narrowly secured the rights to bring TITANIC back to north Texas audiences prior to the Broadway revival. Drew Scott Harris directed TITANIC for Lyric Stage in 2003 as the closing production of its tenth season and it was a sensation. “Drew’s conception of TITANIC focuses on the people aboard the ship rather than the spectacle of the sinking and it was a huge hit for Lyric Stage in 2003,” said Lyric Stage Founding Producer Steven Jones. “Thirty-seven voices singing Maury Yeston’s glorious score accompanied by the thirty-five piece Lyric Stage orchestra will be thrilling,” Jones added. Mr. Harris has directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. His other Lyric Stage credits include CATHER COUNTY, JOSEPH AND MARY, MIRETTE and ROADSIDE.
Lyric Stage Music Director Jay Dias conducted the thirty-five piece Lyric Stage Orchestra. Margaret Hayden re-created Drew Scott Harris’ original staging. Costumes were by Ryan Matthieu Smith, lighting design was by Julie A. Simmons, properties design was by Jane Quetin and sound design was by Bill Eickenloff.
Lyric Stage’s cast included James Williams as Captain Smith; Ryan Appleby as Andrews, the designer and builder of the Titanic; Greg Dulcie as Bruce Ismay, the owner of the Titanic; Lois Sonnier Hart and Jay Taylor as Isidor and Ida Straus, owners of Macy’s Department Store; Mary Gilbreath Grimm and Mark Oristano as second class passengers Alice and Edgar Beane; and Kylie Arnold and Anthony Fortino as third class passenger Kate McGowan and stoker Frederick Barrett. Also in the cast were Stephen Bates, Alexandra Cassens, Danielle Estes, Emily Ford, Brendon Gallagher, Martin Guerra, Maranda Harrison, Preston Lee Isham, Jackie L. Kemp, Erika Larsen, Johnny Lee, Jonathan McCurry, Michael Scott McNay, Meghan Elizabeth Miller, Delynda Johnson Moravec, Randy Pearlman, Jackie Raye, Neil Rogers, Drew Matthew Shafranek, Kimberly Ann Smith, R. Bradford Smith, Scott Sutton, Dana Taylor, Jenny Tucker, Dennis Wees, Aaron White and Katie Moyes Williams.
TITANIC ran June 13-22 in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall. Performances were June 13, 14, 19. 20 & 21 @ 8:00 PM and June 15 & 22 @ 2:30 PM.