Following the smashing success of the 2016 production of Aida, the critically acclaimed Uptown Players and the Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC), Dallas’ award-winning men’s chorus, are thrilled to collaborate again to present a concert version of the musical Titanic from May 5-7, 2017 at Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas).
Tickets range from $40 to $55 and are available at www.uptownplayers.org.
Uptown Players and the Turtle Creek Chorale join forces with a 15-piece orchestra and a combined cast of over 150 actors, singers, and members of the TCC for a concert version of Titanic. With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston & story and book by Peter Stone, the musical opened on Broadway in 1997 and won 5 Tony Awards, 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards and a Drama Desk Award. This musical collaboration celebrates the best artistic talents of these two organizations: the innovative acting of Uptown Players coupled with the powerful sound of TCC.
The sinking of the Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of the twentieth century. A total of 1,517 souls—men, women and children—lost their lives (only 711 survived). The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world—called, in fact, the “unsinkable” ship—should have been lost during its maiden voyage is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared to contrive it. It is not an exaggeration to state that the 19th Century, with its social stricture, its extravagant codes of honor and sacrifice, and its unswerving belief that God favored the rich, ended that night.
Titanic will be directed by Cheryl Denson with musical direction by Kevin Gunter, choral direction by TCC’s Artistic Director Sean Baugh, and choreography by Vicki Squires. An all-star cast joins members of the Turtle Creek Chorale, including Christopher Curtis as Thomas Andrews, Seth Womack as Frederick Barrett, Aaron White as Harold Bride, Chris Ramirez as Frederick Fleet, Lois Sonnier Hart as Ida Strauss, and Laura Lites as Kate McGowan.
The production runs for one weekend only, May 5 through 7, 2017, with shows at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Performances take place downtown at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. Tickets are $40-$55 and can be purchased online at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at (214) 219-2718.
About Uptown Players:
Uptown Players is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, presenting plays and musicals that challenge audiences artistically and strive to create greater positive public awareness and acceptance through the performing arts. Now in its sixteenth season and eighth at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, Uptown Players has gathered a dedicated following and is providing an opportunity for a wide diversity of gender styles to come together and explore life choices through great theatre themes such as relationships, family, prejudice, and values. The response from the community and critics has been remarkable, including over 25 Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League, and over 30 Theater Critics Forum Awards in its first fifteen seasons. Uptown Players has also been named the best theatre company by the Dallas Voice Readers and by the Dallas Observer and was also featured in D Magazine and on WFAA’s Daybreak and Good Morning Texas programs.
Uptown Players has presented world premieres, including Redesigning Women (2013), Crazy Just Like Me (2011) and the stage adaptation of The Valley of the Dolls (2007), along with the US premieres of the West End hit musical Soho Cinders (2014), and the Pet Shop Boys Musical Closer to Heaven (2010). Uptown Players was the first regional theater in the US to present the Tony Award winner The Boy from Oz and the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next To Normal, following the closing of the Broadway productions. Each season, Uptown Players presents several regional premieres, including recent productions of It Shoulda Been You, The Toxic Avenger, Mothers and Sons, End of the Rainbow, The Nance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and The Producers.
About Turtle Creek Chorale:
The Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC) continues its 37th season as a world class all-male chorus. With over 200 singing and associate members, TCC presents a full annual concert series at the Dallas City Performance Hall and various other locations each year. Programs cover a wide range of musical styles with core messages combining laughter, tears and inspiration to create extraordinary musical experiences — music that enhances the cultural lives of both audience and singers. The Turtle Creek Chorale is committed to building meaningful, synergistic collaborations with other local arts groups and to promoting community harmony. Visit TCC online at www.turtlecreekchorale.com.