AHOY BROADWAY FANS! It is getting closer each day to Broadway’s biggest night of the year…. The 73rd Annual Tony Awards is just 21 DAYS AWAY. However, we are getting hyped playing some of the best performances of the Great White Way on our TOP 40 TONY AWARDS
COUNTDOWN. Here comes more Broadway favorites.
At # 21 on our countdown, we experience a musical about the most famous ill-fated ship on a famous April 1912 voyage from Southampton to New York City. However tragedy struck when the ship hit a iceberg and sunk all the way deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean. This is of course…. Titanic. With a score by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone, the show is based on that famous voyage from Southampton to America.
From the 1997 telecast, the company perform a medley of I MUST GET ON THAT SHIP and GOODSPEED TITANIC.
TITANIC was first conceived by Maury Yeston who was interested in creating a musical about the famous 1912 disaster. He and book writer Peter Stone thought the idea was unusual but they sticked to it going through a lot of research about some of the famous passengers and more. The original production did not have an out of town tryout due to the high costs of the set.
Under the direction of Richard Jones, TITANIC arrived on Broadway in 1997 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre where it ran for 831 performances. During its run of previews, the show did have lots of technical problems that were fixed before Opening Night. It earned mixed to positive reviews. Under the direction of Richard Jones, the cast featured…
John Cunningham as "Captain E.J. Smith",
David Garrison (later Paul Kandel) as "J. Bruce Ismay",
the late Larry Keith as "Isidor Straus",
Alma Cuervo as "Ida Straus",
Tony winner Victoria Clark as "Alice Beane",
Don Stephenson as "Charles Clarke",
The musical won all 5 of it's 1997 Tony Awards categories including Best Musical.
TITANIC went on to play worldwide. It’s a popular musical performed in Community and Regional Theatres everywhere. In addition, there have been some notable concert productions including a 2014 reunion concert (featuring the original cast) at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall.
TITANIC is still eyeing plans for an upcoming Broadway revival in honor of the show's 20th Anniversary. As of now, plans were already made that it will hit the Great White Way during the 2019-2020 season. The revival that is supposed hit Broadway is based on an acclaimed 2016 Regional production that was produced at Arlington’s Signature Theatre under the direction of Eric Schaeffer. The Arlington production was even later performed in Seoul, Korea.
FUN FACT: Maury Yeston's TITANIC came out the very same year as James Cameron's Oscar winning film version of TITANIC. What's different is that in Maury Yeston's musical, the show was more based on research of the real people who were on the famous Titanic voyage in 1912. In the James Cameron's Oscar winning film version we all know in love, it did feature all the same research but also included the fictional love story of 3rd class penniless artist "Jack Dawson" and 1st class gal who is trying to break free herself, "Rose Dewitt Bukater". So remember when TITANIC does return to Broadway or you’re seeing a production somewhere, please note there is no "Jack" and "Rose" in the musical and NOPE, the Oscar winning song MY HEART WILL GO ON is not in the production
Doesn't this musical make you remember those passengers no longer with us and who survived?