Titanic: the Musical at Hangar Theater through July 28

July 11, 2012

Click above to listen as WSKG's Gregory Keeler speaks with Peter Flynn, Artistic Director of Hangar Theater and Director of "Titanic: the Musical."


Titanic: the Musical
July 13 - July 28
(Preview July 12)
Hangar Theatre
801 Taughannock Blvd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

website: www.hangartheatre.org

Honoring the 100th Anniversary of the legendary maritime event, the Hangar presents a striking new production of TITANIC: The Musical. Winner of five Tony awards in 1997 - including Best Musical - the Hangar's Titanic will feature members of the original Broadway cast, playing July 13 - July 28.

The story of the "unsinkable" ship TITANIC remains the landmark disaster of the last century. The events of the early hours of April 15, 1912, continue to intrigue, disturb, and fascinate the public to this day. With a Tony-winning book by Peter Stone (1776, The Will Rogers Follies, Woman of the Year), Titanic is based on the true stories of the officers, crew, and passengers onboard that ill-fated night. The music and lyrics are by Maury Yeston (Nine, Phantom), who won the Tony for Best Original score. Direction is by original cast member Don Stephenson (Of Mice and Men, 39 Steps). Musical supervision is by original musical director, musical supervisor, and conductor Kevin Stites (9 to5, Les Misérables). Musical direction is by Ian Weinberger (Death Takes a Holiday, Anything Goes, Pride and Prejudice) with choreography by Liza Gennaro (The Most Happy Fella). Hangar's Titanic will truly be a night to remember.

Titanic's cast includes original Broadway cast members Alma Cuervo (Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret), Drew McVety (Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George, Spamalot), and William Youmans (Finians' Rainbow, Wicked) as well as Philip Hoffman (From last season's Ever So Humble), Christianne Tisdale (Beauty and the Beast), with the Tony Award nominated and Drama Desk Award nominated star of The Rocky Horror Show, Tom Hewitt (Jesus Christ Superstar).

The the cast also includes Will Boyajian, Sarah Charles, Xander Chauncey, Katie Drinkard, Jeremy Ellisonn Gladstone, Elizabeth Hake, Joneal Joplin, Greg Kamp, John Langley, Matt Madden, Christian Palmer, Noah Plomgren, Ariella Serur, and David Studwell.

Artistic Director Peter Flynn stated "Last year, the Hangar presented a wildly successful reconceived production of Ragtime, presenting this historically significant musical in a new and imaginative fashion. This year, we bring you Titanic, another large scale musical, re-imagined for the Hangar stage, giving our audiences the opportunity to hear this gorgeous sweeping score and this endlessly compelling story. Additionally we are thrilled to present an amazing cast drawn from the Broadway stage as well as some incredible local talent. This is a show not to be missed".

Regular tickets range from $21 to $45. Subscriptions - offering preferred seating, lower ticket prices, and packed with added benefits - are also available by calling 607.273.8588. Tickets can be purchased at: www.hangartheatre.org, by phone at607.273.4497 or 1.800.28.ITHACA, or in person at Ticket Center Ithaca on the Downtown Commons or one hour before curtain at the Hangar Theatre box office. The recently renovated theatre is located at 801 Taughannock Blvd. Ithaca, NY 14850. The Hangar business office is located at Center Ithaca at 171 East State Street, Suite 203, Ithaca, NY 14851.

The Hangar Theatre's commitment to making theatre accessible for the entire community is represented though our Pay What You Can (PWYC) program. Patrons may pay what they can afford to see a show. The first Saturday matinee performance of each Mainstage production and the Saturday noon performances of KIDDSTUFF are all reserved for PWYC thanks to the generosity of our Mainstage PWYC sponsor Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk, LLP and our KIDDSTUFF PWYC sponor GreenStar Cooperative Market. A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets may be purchased at the Hangar Theatre box office one hour before curtain.

The Hangar Theatre is committed to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Strong education and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities. The Hangar gratefully acknowledges Titanic: The Musical Corporate Sponsors Tompkins Trust Company and Media Sponsor Cayuga Radio Group. Visit our website at www.hangartheatre.org

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BIOGRAPHIES

PETER STONE (Playwright)
Broadway: Titanic, 1776, The Will Rogers Follies, Woman of the Year (all Tony Award winners for Best Musical); Curtains, My One and Only; Sugar; Two by Two; and Kean. Film: Father Goose (AA, Original Screenplay), Charade (Edgar Award), 1776 (Christopher Award, Screen Adaptation), The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Sweet Charity, Who's Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? and Just Cause, among others. TV: The Defenders (Emmy).

MAURY YESTON (Music and Lyrics)
In addition to winning his second Tony Award for Best Score for Broadway's TITANIC: The Musical (which won five Tonys including Best Musical), Yeston won a Tony Award and two Drama Desk Awards for his music and lyrics to Broadway's Nine (based on Fellini's "8 ½"). That production won four additional Tonys, including Best Musical. The Broadway revival of Nine, starring Antonio Banderas, won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. Yeston's contribution to the score for Broadway's Grand Hotel was nominated for a Tony and two Drama Desk Awards, and the Donmar Warehouse London production of this show won the Olivier Award. His score for Phantom has received national and international acclaim and is currently in production across America and Europe and Japan. The film adaptation of Nine, directed by Rob Marshall features Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Dame Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Fergie, and Sophia Loren, with a screenplay by Anthony Minghella and Michael Tolkin, and was nominated for 5 Golden Globes and 4 Academy Awards. Yeston was nominated for a Critics Choice and Golden Globe for Best Original Song ("Cinema Italiano") and an Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Take It All").

DON STEPHENSON (Director)
Don directed Of Mice and Men for the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Titanic at The MUNY Opera, The 39 Steps at the Flat Rock Playhouse, and The Great Unknown for The New York Theatre Festival. He directed the critically acclaimed productions of Oleanna, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and the hit musical comedy Doctors and Diseases at the historic Barter Theatre that subsequently moved Off -Broadway to the Players Theatre. Other New York directing credits include Buck Simple (Garrick Gaities), When Pigs Fly (Kaufman Theatre), Golden Voices (Symphony Space), Old Flames (Theatre Studio Inc.) and the workshop production of My Time of Day: The Letters, Lyrics, and Music of Frank Loesser. Don has directed The Desperate Hours and Through All Kinds of Weather, both at the Clarence Brown Theatre and Sleeping Beauty at American Stage Festival. Don starred as Leo Bloom in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of The Producers. His other Broadway credits include Rock of Ages, Private Lives, Dracula, Titanic, Parade, By Jeeves, Pardon My English and Wonderful Town.

IAN WEINBERGER (Musical Director, Orchestral Reductions)
Broadway: Death Takes a Holiday, Anything Goes, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, The Bowery Boys, and various concerts. Regional: Fanny Brice: America's Funny Girl, My Fair Lady (Asolo Rep), A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz (Marriott Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along, Pippin (The Music Theatre Company). Ian has also worked with Broadway Asia, Broadway in Chicago, Broadway in South Africa, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Writers' Theatre, and Taste of Chicago.

LIZA GENNARO (Choreographer) Choreographed the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of The Most Happy Fella directed by Gerald Gutierrez and the Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress starring Sarah Jessica Parker. She has choreographed Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country including: Roundabout Theatre, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage, Guthrie Theater, The Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Paper Mill Playhouse and The St. Louis "Muny" Opera. She collaborated with Stephen Flaherty and Frank Galati on their chamber musical Loving, Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein for the About Face Theater in Chicago and choreographed the 30th Anniversary tour of Annie.

PETER FLYNN (Director/Hangar Artistic Director) Peter is currently the Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York, where he most recently directed the world premiere of Tim Pinckney's play Ever So Humble starring Andréa Burns. Other Hangar credits include directing Tony nominee Emily Skinner in Dirty Blonde, Natascia Diaz as Aldonza in Man of LaMancha, and Wally Dunn in David Mamet's November. Broadway credits: Actors' Fund concerts of On the 20th Century with Douglas Sills & Marin Mazzie, Chess with Josh Groban & Adam Pascal, and Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg, Andrea Martin, & Jane Krakowski. Off-Broadway credits: Lee Blessing's Two Rooms - Lion Theatre, Henry & Mudge, & Junie B. Jones (nominated for two Lucille Lortel Awards including Best Musical), and Rhapsody in Seth - Actors' Playhouse starring Seth Rudetsky. Regional credits: 1776 at the Ford's Theatre starring Brooks Ashmanskas, Barrio Grrrl! - Kennedy Center, Sleuth & Man of LaMancha (Carbonell Award, best director) - Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, Guys and Dolls - Engeman Theater, Gypsy - St. Louis MUNY (starring Karen Mason), The Piano Lesson and The Crucible - Tampa Performing Arts Center, A Child's Christmas in Wales - National Theatre of the Deaf. As a writer, Peter is the author of Lily, a musical adaptation of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth written with writing partner, composer/lyricist Brooks Ashmanskas. They are currently under commission at the Huntington Theatre writing the musical adaptation of For Love of the Game.

TOM HEWITT (Thomas Andrews)
Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Dracula: The Musical, Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), The Boys from Syracuse, The Lion King, The Sisters Rosenzweig. National tours: Urinetown, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Peter Pan. Off Broadway: Treasure Island, Jeffery, Beau Jest (Outer Critics nomination). Recent Regional Credits: Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise! LA), Travesties (Long Wharf, CT Critics Award), Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse). Film and TV: Law and Order, All My Children, Julie Taymors’ Fools’ Fire. Narration for Discovery, History and National Geographic channels.

ALMA CUERVO (Ida Straus/Ensemble)
Broadway: Beauty and the Beast (with Peter Flynn); Cabaret; Titanic (original Ida Straus); The Heidi Chronicles; Ghetto; Quilters; Is There Life After High School? ; Bedroom Farce. She was Mama in Sondheim and Weidman's Road Show (NYSF). OBIE for her performance in Uncommon Women and Others. Off-Broaway: The Shoemaker; Hangar: All My Sons, Shirley Valentine, and last fall's workshop of Between Time and Timbuktu . Regional: Into The Woods (Baltimore Centerstage and Westport), The Clean House (Syracuse); And The Curtain Rises (Signature).

PHILIP HOFFMAN (Edgar Beane/ Ensemble)
Philip is so glad to be back at the Hangar after last year's Ever So Humble. He has appeared in the original casts of ten Broadway productions including Into The Woods (1987), Falsettos, Fiddler on the Roof (2004), Is There Life After High School?, The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Catered Affair. Off-Broadway: All in the Timing to Yiddle With a Fiddle. Elsewhere: Speed-the-Plow (Charlie Fox), Angels In America: Perestroika (Roy Cohn), The Winter's Tale (Autolycus), Bat Boy (Dr. Parker). National tour of Titanic. www.1philiphoffman.com

DREW MCVETY (Third Officer Herbert J. Pitman / Henry Etches)
Broadway: Cyrano De Bergerac (Roundabout - August 2012), Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George (Roundabout), Spamalot (Shubert), Frozen (MCC Circle in the Square), Big River (Roundabout, Special Tony Award), Titanic (Original Cast), The Heidi Chronicles (Original Cast). First national tour: Cabaret, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Off-Broadway: LoneStar Love (Houseman), Corpus Christi (MTC; Drama Desk nomination); This Lime TreeBower (American premiere, Primary Stages), The Substance of Fire (LCT), Twelfth Night, A Doll's House (Public Theater/Acting Company), Rosemary for Remembrance (AtlanticTheater), Red Memories (Circle Rep), The Heidi Chronicles, The Substance of Fire (Playwrights Horizons), Pericles, Spyz (Workhouse), Tiny Mythic/Here, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, New York Stage and Film. Regional: Civil War Christmas, (Long Wharf) Lone Star Love (Seattle Fifth Ave. Pre-Broadway tryout), Scapin (Portland Stage), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Pittsburgh Public), Fathers and Sons
(Long Wharf), I Hate Hamlet, Reckless (Fulton Opera House). Television: Unforgettable, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU , Law & Order: CI , The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd , Soaps. Film: The Boundary Man, Henry's Crime, New York Summer Project, Red Herring.

CHRISTIANNE TISDALE (Alice Beane/Ensemble)
Broadway/West End: Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love, On a Clear Day, Titanic (Caroline Neville, 1st Nat'l Tour) and One Touch o f Venus. Off-Broadway: MTC, 2nd Stage, The York, and Playwrights Horizons. Favorite regional: The Drowsy Chaperone (Stages St. Louis, Kevin Kline Award). Upcoming: Brighton Beach Memoirs (Cincinnati Playhouse and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Television/film: 30 Rock, David Letterman, Law & Order: C I, A Tale of Cinderella. www.ChristianneTisdale.com

WILLIAM YOUMANS (J. Bruce Ismay)
Broadway: Titanic, Finians' Rainbow, Wicked, Farnsworth Invention, Pirate Queen, Little Foxes, Big River, Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme also Sondheim and Weidman's Road Show (NYSF). Film: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Nadine, A League of Their Own, Mrs. Soffel, Compromising Positions, Fresh Horses. Off Broadway: Brundibar, Coraline, The Widow Claire.