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Titanic


July 13 - 29, 2006

Book by Peter Stone

Music & Lyrics by Maury Yeston

Directed by Richard Jones

Choreography by Lynne Taylor-Corbett

Opened April 23, 1997 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, (New York) and ran for 804 performances.

Synopsis:

Titanic begins (Prologue) as Thomas Andrews, the architect of the great ship, pores over the blueprints of his design (In Every Age). The curtain then rises to reveal the Ocean Dock in Southampton, England, where people are gathering to wonder at and to board the ship on sailing day: first a stoker, then additional crewmen, officers, and stevedores, the owner, the architect and the captain, the Third and Second Class passengers, and finally the First Class passengers. Now fully boarded, the ship pulls out as the company sings a prayerful farewell (Godspeed Titanic).

One by one, the dreams and aspirations of key characters are presented: Barrett, the stoker who wanted to get away from the coal mines (Barrett's Song); Murdoch, the ship's officer contemplating the responsibility of command (To Be A Captain); Kate McGowan and the Third Class passengers who yearn for a better life in America (Lady's Maid); Chief Steward Etches and the millionaires he serves who exult in the wonders of their world (What a Remarkable Age this Is!)

Barrett finds his way to the Telegraph Room where he dictates a proposal of marriage to his sweetheart back home (The Proposal) in a telegram transmitted by Harold Bride, a young telegraph operator smitten with the possibilities of the new radio technology (The Night was Alive)

The next day, April 14, after Sunday morning church service, the First Class attends the shipboard band's spirited out-of-doors dance-concert (Hymn/Doing the Latest Rag), an exclusive event crashed by Second Class passenger Alice Beane, a hardware store owner's wife who wants more out of life (I Have Danced). That evening, as Fleet the lookout scans the horizon (No Moon) and bandsman hartley regales the First Class Smoking Room with a new song (autumn), the ship sails inexorably towards her collision, which ends Act One.

Act Two opens as the suddenly awakened First and Second Class passengers are assembled in the Grand Salon (Dressed in Your Pyjamas in the Grand Salon) for life-belt instruction by Chief Steward Etches, before being sent up to the Boat Deck to board the lifeboats. In the Telegraph Room, Captain Smith, Mr. Andrews and Mr. Ismay, the owner, argue over who is for the disaster (the Blame) while Mr. Bride tirelessly sends out the S.O.S. Up on the Boat Deck, the male passengers are separated from their families (To The Lifeboats), and all express hopes of being reunited (We'll Meet Tomorrow) as the final boat is lowered. Isidor Straus (the owner of Macy's) and his wife Ida remain behind together, as she refuses to leave his side after 40 years of marriage (Still) and Mr. Etches utters a prayer (To Be A Captain reprise). In the abandoned Smoking Room, Thomas Andrews desperately redesigns his ship to correct its fatal flaws until the futility of his actions leads him to predict, in horrifying detail, the end of Titanic just as she begins her now-inevitable descent (Mr. Andrews' Vision).

In an Epilogue, the survivors picked up by the Carpathia numbly retell what had once been Mr. Andrews' dream (In Every Age reprise). The living are joined by their lost loved-ones in a tableau recapturing the optimistic spirit of the Ocean Dock on sailing day (Finale).

Song List:

  • Overture/Prologue
  • In Every Age
    ----The Launching:
  • How Did They Build Titanic?
  • There She Is
    Loading Inventory
    The Largest Moving Object
  • Boarding Titanic
  • I Must Get On That Ship
  • The 1st Class Roster
  • Godspeed Titanic (Sail on)
  • Barrett's Song
  • To Be a Captain
  • Lady's Maid:
  • What a Remarkable Age This Is!
  • The Proposal/The Night Was Alive:
  • Hymn
  • Doing the Latest Rag
  • I Have Danced
  • No Moon
  • Autumn/Finale

Cast:


Charles Clarke - Matt Austin
Ida Strauss - Cristina Balsama
John B. Thayer - Andrew Bayer
Charlotte Cardoza - Jody Bayer
Madame Aubert - Colby Caron
Madeline Astor - Lisa Cohen
Stewardess - Nicole Collins
Eleanor Widener - Carla Cooley
George Widener - Jim Cooper
Isidor Strauss - Walter Cramer
Henry Etches - Stephen DiRocco
1st Officer W. Murdoch - Joseph Efferen
Kate Mullins - Colleen Gallagher
Stewardess - Monica Gallagher
Edgar Beane - Eric Greenfeld
Frederick Fleet - Matt Grills
Jim Farrell - Sean Josephs
Kate Murphey - Caitlin Keeler
Bell Boy - Carter Law
J. Bruce Ismay - Bruce Tredwell
Capt. E.J. Smith - Greg McMahan
J.J. Astor - Jack Moreno
Harold Bride - Thomas Mulhare
Jack Thayer - Seamus Oeser
Thomas Andrews - Brendan Padgett
Benjamin Guggenheim - James Panzarino
Alice Beane - Jane Ryan
Marion Thayer - Mary Shuldman
3rd Officer H.J. Pittman/ Hartley - Steve Shuldman
4th Officer Boxhall/ Bandsman Taylor - Ben Simpson
Kate McGowan - Betsy Simpson
Edith Evans - Tricia Small
Caroline Neville - Priscialla Squiers
2nd Officer C. Lightoller - Matthew Sumski
QM Robert Hitchens/ Bichoux - Mike Tedaldi
Frederick Barrett - Patrick Zaia

 

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