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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sail On! Sail On! Great Ship… TITANIC!

Filed under: Performing Arts,Popular Culture — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:36


103 years ago today, TITANIC, the ship of dreams, struck an iceberg and sunk to the icy depths of the North Atlantic. Over 1,500 souls were lost when TITANIC sank. The sheer number of deaths made it one of the most deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. And the story of the tragedy has been told through just about every medium of entertainment imaginable. Perhaps one of the most unique means by which the story of TITANIC has ever been conveyed came in 1997, when a musical based on the doomed ship’s maiden voyage opened on Broadway.

What most would consider to be an event incapable of being recreated to music and acted out on a stage instead went on to become a major award-winning hit show that ran for close to 3 years. TITANIC: A New Musical swept the Tony Awards, taking home the coveted prize for Best Musical in addition to four other awards for Best Book, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design, and Best Original Score. The show has been produced internationally countless times; and this Summer, it will play a pre-Broadway revival at the Princess Wales Theater in Toronto, Canada. Below, watch the opening (and finale) of the breath-taking concert version staged at Lincoln Center in 2013. And Sail On… Sail On… Great Ship… TITANIC!

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