Sail On, Great Ship Titanic!
Toby’s – The Dinner Theatre of Columbia
Interviews by Joel Markowitz
It was the Press Opening Night of Titanic: The Musical, and I had the opportunity to sit down with its director, co-director and two other performers.
Artistic Director Toby Orenstein took time to tell us why she chose to produce and direct this rarely produced musical and gave us the inside story of Titanic: The Musical, now sailing through Toby’s – The Dinner Theatre of Columbia.
Toby ended our interview with “This is probably one of the best productions we have ever done. .. If you like to be inspired, if you like to be emotionally touched, you will adore this piece.” and then made a remarkable challenge to our listeners.
Co-director Larry Munsey who also plays J. Bruce Ismay, the villain in this piece, told us about rehearsing this largest cast ever for a Toby’s production- a cast of 25, doubling and triping roles. Sam Ludwig (Barret, the Stoker) talks about his local theatre experiences and sang us a bit of ‘No One’s Gonna Harm You’ from Kensington Arts Theatre’s Sweeney Todd, which got him noticed for this role, and Byron Fenstermaker (Harold Bride the Radioman) joined Sam to sing from their duet, “The Proposal and The Night Was Alive.”