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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

TITANIC Turns 16!

Filed under: Performing Arts — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 23:01


TITANIC, what to me is by far the best show to ever grace the Broadway stage, turned 16 years old Tuesday. The show opened on April 23 of 1997 at the Lunt Fontanne Theater (recent home of GHOST The Musical and current home to Motown The Musical) and would go on to run for close to 3 years, playing for 804 performances. The show broke ground for new technological advances in live theater and featured enormous and elaborate sets that actually “sunk” in the second act. But the true heart of the show lies in its absolutely gorgeous and lush score and musical arrangements that tell a familiar story from an amazingly unique and tragic perspective. TITANIC would sweep the 1997 Tony Awards and take home trophies for Best Musical, Best Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunic), Best Scenic Design (Steward Laing), Best Book (Peter Stone), and Best Original Score (Maury Yeston). “Sail on… Great ship!” Take a look at TITANIC’s performance at the 1997 Tony Awards show below:

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