The Story
Titanic
Music & Lyrics
MAURY YESTON

Book
PETER STONE
The sinking of the RMS TitaniC in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of this century. The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world - called, in fact, the "unsinkable" ship-should have been lost during its maiden voyage is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared to contrive it. The musical examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. This is the factual story of that ship - of her officers, crew and passengers - but she will not serve as merely the background against which fictional, melodramatic narratives are recounted. The central character of our Ttitanic is the Titanic herself.

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
The original 1997 Broadway cast in a performance of 'I Must Get on That Ship/ Godspeed Titanic' at the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
I Must Get On That Ship
Full Company
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

Titanic begins as Thomas Andrews, the architect of the great ship, pores over the blueprints of his design. 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 Frederick Barrett, 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.

One by one, the dreams and aspirations of key characters are presented: Barrett, the Frederick Barrett who wanted to get away from the coal mines; Murdoch, the ship's officer contemplating the responsibility of command; Kate McGowan and the Third Class passengers who yearn for a better life in America; Chief Steward Etches and the millionaires he serves who exult in the wonders of their world.

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

The next day, April 14, after Sunday morning church service, the First Class attends the shipboard band's spirited out-of-doors dance-concert, an exclusive event crashed by Second Class passenger Alice Beane, a hardware store owner's wife who wants more out of life. That evening, as Fleet the lookout scans the horizon and bandsman Hartley regales the First Class Smoking Room with a new song, the ship sails inexorably towards her collision, which ends Act One.


ACT TWO

Act Two opens as the suddenly awakened First and Second Class passengers are assembled 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 responsible for the disaster while Mr. Bride tirelessly sends out the S.O.S.. Up on the Boat Deck, the male passengers are separated from their families and all express hopes of being reunited 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 and Mr. Etches utters a prayer. 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.

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

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer DODGER ENDEMOL THEATRICLAS, RICHARD S. PECHTER, THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Direction RICHARD JONES
Musical Staging LYNNE TAYLOR-CORBETT
Orchestrations JONATHAN TUNICK
Scenic Design STEWART LAING
Costume Design STEWART LAING
Lighting Design PAUL GALLO
Sound Design STEVE CANYON KENNEDY
Cast
Thomas Andrews MICHAEL CERVERIS
Capt. E.J. Smith JOHN CUNNINGHAM
J. Bruce Ismay DAVID GARRISON
Isidor Straus LARRY KEITH
Ida Strauss ALMA CUERVO
Frederick Barrett BRIAN D'ARCY JAMES
Alice Beane VICTORIA CLARK
Kate Mullins ERIN HILL
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

In Every AgeThomas Andrews
How Did They Build Titanic?Frederick Barrett
There She IsFrederick Barrett, Harold Bride and Frederick Fleet
Loading InventoryCapt. E. J. Smith, Stevedores and Ship's Personnel
The Largest Moving ObjectJ. Bruce Ismay, Capt. E. J. Smith and Thomas Andrews
I Must Get On That Ship3rd Officer Herbert J. Pitman, 2nd Class Passengers and 3rd Class Passengers
The 1st Class Roster3rd Officer Herbert J. Pitman and Alice Beane
Godspeed TitanicThe Company
Barrett's SongFrederick Barrett
What a Remarkable Age This Is!Etches Staff and 1st Class Diners
To Be a Captain1st Officer William Murdoch
Lady's MaidKate McGowen, Kate Mullins, Kate Murphey and Steerage
The ProposalFrederick Barrett
The Night was AliveHarold Bride
HymnThe Company
Doing the Latest RagWallace Hartley, Bandsman Bricoux, Bandsman Taylor and The Company
I Have DancedAlice Beane and Edgar Beane
No MoonFrederick Fleet and The Company
AutumnWallace Hartley


ACT TWO

Wake up, Wake up!Henry Etches, Stewards and The Company
Dressed in Your Pyjamas in the Grand SalonThe Company
The StaircaseKate McGowen, Kate Mullins, Kate Murphey and Jim Farrell
The BlameJ. Bruce Ismay, Thomas Andrews and Capt. E. J. Smith
Getting In The LifeboatJohn B. Thayer and Marion Thayer
I Must Get On That Ship (Reprise)1st Officer William Murdoch, 2nd Officer Charles Lightoller, Stewards, Bellboy and Passengers
Lady's Maid (Reprise)Jim Farrell
CanonsThe Company
The Proposal (Reprise)Frederick Barrett
The Night was Alive (Reprise)Harold Bride
We'll Meet TomorrowFrederick Barrett, Harold Bride, Charles Clarke and The Company
StillIsidor Straus and Ida Straus
To Be a Captain (Reprise)Henry Etches
Mr. Andrews' VisionThomas Andrews
In Every Age (Reprise)The Company
FinaleThe Company

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Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

The original 1997 Broadway cast in a performance of 'I Must Get on That Ship/ Godspeed Titanic' at the Tony Awards.

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