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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Intimate Production of TITANIC Ends Toronto Run

Filed under: Performing Arts — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 03:10


The intimate and scaled-down chamber version of the Tony-Award winning musical TITANIC, ends its run at the Princess of Wales Theater in Toronto, Canada on Sunday. The show was well-received by critics and will embark on a national US tour in 2016. My review of the phenomenal production can be found here: Theater Review: TITANIC: The Musical, Toronto. Playbill’s  Adam Hetrick reports on the closing of TITANIC:

An intimate revival of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone‘s Tony Award-winning musical Titanic, which was first seen in an acclaimed London staging, ends its Toronto run June 21 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

U.K. director Thom Southerland directs the revival that is inspired by an acclaimed chamber production of Titanic that played London’s Southwark Playhouse in 2013. Toronto previews began May 19.

The revival had at one point been announced for Broadway following its Toronto bow, but the production was postponed. A future Broadway life for the production has not been announced; however, a national tour will commence during the 2015-16 season. A Los Angeles touring engagement was revealed for 2016.

The musical that tells the story of the passengers of the doomed luxury liner has a Tony-winning score by Yeston (Grand Hotel, Nine) and a Tony-winning book by the late Stone (The Will Rogers Follies, 1776). It opened on Broadway April 23, 1997.

Opera tenor Ben Heppner starred as Isidor Straus, the co-owner of Macy’s department store. His character performs the dramatic Act Two duet “Still.” Heppner also inhabits three other roles in the chamber production.

The cast also included Phillip Arran, Matt Beveridge, Greg Castiglioni, Scarlett Courtney, Matthew Crowe, Gary Davis, Jonathan David Dudley, Grace Eccle, Scott Garnham, Celia Graham, Simon Green, Chris Holland, James Hume, Alex Lodge, Claire Marlowe, Shane McDaid, Nadim Naaman, Beth Peach-Robinson, Philip Rham, Victoria Serra, Rachel Spurrell, Judith Street, Samuel J. Weir and Jack Wilcox.


Titanic won 1997 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Stone), Best Musical, Best Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick), Best Score (Yeston) and Best Scenic Design (Stewart Laing).

Below, watch some video highlights from the show, courtesy of playbill.com:


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