Published July 12, 2019 | By Adrienne Proctor

The final show in Lyric Theatre’s blast from the past summer series is the real-life disaster tale Titanic. Though not the same plot as the Oscar-sweeping blockbuster movie, the stage version debuted the same year on Broadway, and enjoyed comparable success at the Tony’s in 1997. This story is a musical, and the Lyric is making sure to pack every inch of the Civic Center Thelma Gaylord stage with talent. In order to bring Titanic back from the depths, the cast of 41 is joined by a choir of 58 and a 22-piece orchestra led by OKC Philharmonic’s Alexander Mickelthwate. Phew. Got all that? Good, because there’s more. The Civic Center lobby will also be adorned with real Titanic artifacts, thanks to a collaboration with the Titanic Museum Attraction out of Branson, MO.

Lyric Theatre Producing Artistic Director Michael Baron says “I recently visited the museum and was impressed by the way they tell the story of the R.M.S. Titanic and the emotional journey of the people on board. I would like to thank the museum for making this Lyric production a truly once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event by sharing artifacts that were held and owned by Titanic passengers.”

On display in the lobby will be items that belonged to infamous survivor “Unsinkable” Molly Brown and Bandleader Wallace Hartley, as well as a White Star Line (parent company of the RMS Titanic) cup and saucer.

Like the Lyric always does, this production promises to be epic and grand-scale, with no detail spared. Lyric’s creative team has delved into the real-life story of Titanic, researching eyewitness accounts, diaries, and photographs, to present a truthful and honest telling of the real people aboard the ship that famously sank on her maiden voyage. A mix of fictional and factual-based characters bring this 1912 tragedy to life this Summer at the Civic.

Ashton Byrum stars as Thomas Andrews, Barbara Fox DeMaio as Ida Straus, Stephen Hilton as Isidor Straus, and Charlie Monnot as Harold Bride. The 3 Kates are Tatum Grace Ludlam as Kate McGowan, Megan Carpenter as Kate Mullins, and Jessica Anne Martens as Kate Murphey.

With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, Titanic was written by Peter Stone and is directed by Baron. Kimberly Powers is scenic designer, the legendary Jeffrey Meek designs costumes, Helena Kuukka designs lighting, and Anthony Risi is sound designer. Vince Leseney serves as choral director while Laurena Sherrill is stage manager.

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