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Signature Theatre’s ‘Titanic’ Starts Dec. 13

Promotional image for 'Titanic' musical (photo via Signature Theatre)

Shirlington-based Signature Theatre is preparing to launch a new production of the musical “Titanic.”

It’s going down on Tuesday, Dec. 13, kicking off a seven-week run that will stretch through Jan. 29. The ambitious production features “a cast, crew and orchestra of more than 50 artists and an inventive new 360 degree staging in Signature Theatre’s intimate 330 seat MAX Theatre,” according to a press release.

Signature’s Artistic Director, Eric Schaeffer, promises a first-class experience.

“I’ve always loved the musical Titanic and I have felt that Signature should reinvent this musical for our audiences in an exciting new way,” said Schaeffer, in a statement. “Audiences will feel they are aboard this ‘ship of dreams’ surrounded by Maury Yeston’s beautifully haunting score. It truly will be the musical event of the season in Washington and an experience like none other.”

The epic disaster tale comes at a busy time in the Washington area — it will overlap with Christmas, New Year’s, president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration and possibly a Redskins playoff run.

Those who want to get on board for the musical performance will need to take the plunge to the tune of $40 to $109 per ticket.

The full press release about “Titanic” and its casting is below.

Signature Theatre is proud to announce the full cast and creative team for Titanic, directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway’s Gigi, Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). Signature Theatre reaffirms its mission to stage inventive new productions of classic musicals by tackling Maury Yeston’s (Nine) and Peter Stone’s (1776) Tony Award®-winning musical about the heart-stopping and riveting ride through the final moments of Titanic’s fateful journey. Titanic will run from December 13 – January 29, 2017, featuring a cast, crew and orchestra of more than 50 artists and an inventive new 360 degree staging in Signature Theatre’s intimate 330 seat MAX Theatre.

“I’ve always loved the musical Titanic and I have felt that Signature should reinvent this musical for our audiences in an exciting new way,” said Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer. “We’ve designed the MAX Theatre to bring this epic scale musical to life with an imaginative three story set. Audiences will feel they are aboard this ‘ship of dreams’ surrounded by Maury Yeston’s beautifully haunting score. It truly will be the musical event of the season in Washington and an experience like none other. I can’t wait to share it with audiences.”

The production will feature Hasani Allen (1st Stage’s Floyd Collins) as Jim Farrell; Iyona Blake (Signature’s Jelly’s Last Jam) as Caroline Neville; Christopher Bloch (Signature’s Kid Victory) as E.J. Smith; Sean Burns(Signature’s Elmer Gantry) as Bell Boy; Matt Conner (Signature’s The Fix) as Charles Lightoller; Erin Driscoll(Signature’s Road Show) as Kate Murphey; Jamie Eacker (Signature’s The Fix) as Kate Mullins; Nick Lehan(Signature’s The Fix) as Harold Bride; Florence Lacey (Signature’s Sunset Boulevard) as Ida Straus; Sam Ludwig (Signature’s The Hollow) as Frederick Barrett; Kevin McAllister (Signature’s Brother Russia) as William Murdoch; Katie McManus (Signature’s Chess) as Kate McGowan; Christopher Mueller (Signature’s The Fix) as Henry Etches; Tracy Lynn Olivera (Signature’s The Fix) as Alice Beane; Lawrence Redmond (Signature’s The Fix) as J. Bruce Ismay; Chris Sizemore (Signature’s Miss Saigon) as Charles Clarke;  Bobby Smith (Signature’s Freaky Friday) as Thomas Andrews; Stephen Gregory Smith (Signature’s The Fix) as Frederick Fleet; Russell Sunday (Signature’s Elmer Gantry) as Edgar Beane; and John Leslie Wolfe (Signature’s West Side Story) as Isidor Straus.

The creative team includes Choreography by Karma Camp; Music Direction by James Moore; Orchestrations by Joshua Clayton; Scenic Design by Paul Tate dePoo III; Costume Design by Frank Labovitz; Lighting Design by Amanda Zieve; Sound Design by Ryan Hickey; Wig Design by Anne Nesmith; Production Stage Manager Kerry Epstein; and Assistant Stage Manager Kristen Mary Harris; Casting by Walter Ware III, CSA.

TITANIC

Story and Book by Peter Stone
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Choreographed by Karma Camp
Directed by Eric Schaeffer

Seven weeks only!

Performances run December 13, 2016 through January 29, 2017

Single tickets now on sale.

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