AHOY BROADWAY FANS! It is getting closer each day to Broadway’s biggest night of the year…. The 72nd Annual Tony Awards is just 23 days away. However, we are getting hyped playing some of the best performances of the Great White Way on our TOP 30 TONY AWARDS COUNTDOWN. Here comes more Broadway favorites.
At # 23 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. Based on the research of the famous 1912 voyage, the show featured a score by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone.
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. The original Broadway cast featured…
John Cunningham as “Captain E.J. Smith”,
David Garrison as “J. Bruce Ismay”,
the late Larry Keith as “Isidor Straus”,
Alma Cuervo as “Ida Straus”,
Tony winner Michael Ceveris as “Thomas Andrews”,
Tony winner Victoria Clark as “Alice Beane”,
Don Stephenson as “Charles Clarke”,
and Tony nominee Brian D’Arcy James as “Frederick Barrett”.
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.
No revivals have been made yet for TITANIC but there’s still talks in the works of an upcoming revival. The rumored revival that is supposed hit Broadway is based on an acclaimed 2016 Regional production that was produced at Arlington’s Signature Theatre and later was 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?
Titanic — “There She Is” – Michael Cerveris and Company at the The 51st Annual Tony Awards broadcast by CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 1, 1997.
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