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Titanic Musical Opens on Broadway April 23

By Robert Viagas and David Lefkowitz
April 22, 1997

Titanic, the Maury Yeston-Peter Stone Broadway musical opens at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre April 23 after nearly a month of previews.

The musical follows passengers and crew of the "unsinkable" luxury liner that hit an iceberg in April 1912 and sank, killing more than 1500, and leaving about 700 survivors. The musical's story focuses on the hubris of the ship's masters, and the hopes and dreams of its passengers as they set forth for the New World.

John Cunningham (Zorba, Company), Michael Cerveris (Tommy), David Garrison (Randy Newman's Faust) and Judith Blazer (Hello Again) star in the musical, which has music and lyrics by Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel) and book by Stone (1776. Cunningham plays the ship's captain; Cerveris plays its builder; Garrison plays its owner, J. Bruce Ismay; Blazer plays Caroline Neville, a British aristocrat hoping to start a new life with the man she loves, in America.

Portraying 43 named characters, along with dozens of other passengers, seamen, stokers, stewards, bellboys, waiters, and ship's orchestra members, will be Adam Alexi-Malle, Melissa Bell, Becky Ann Baker, Matthew Bennett, John Bolton, Jonathan Brody, Bill Buell, Victoria Clark, Mindy Cooper, Allan Corduner, David Costabile, Alma Cuervo (as Ida Straus), John Cunningham (as Capt. Smith), Brian d'Arcy James (as Barrett), Lisa Datz, David Elder, Jody Gelb, Kimberly J. Hester, Erin Hill (Rent), Robin Irwin, John Jellison, Peter Kapetan, Larry Keith, Joseph Kolinski, Theresa McCarthy, Drew McVety, Martin Moran, Michael Mulheren, Stephanie Park, Jennifer Piech, Michele Ragusa, Ted Sperling, Mara Stephens, Don Stephenson, Henry Stram, Andy Taylor, Clarke Thorel, Kaye Walbye and William Youmans.

32 scenes comprise the two-act musical, which begins in Aberdeen, Scotland, 1912. Songs include "In Every Age" (for Cerveris), "The Largest Moving Object," "What A Remarkable Age This Is!", "Still," "Autumn," "No Moon," "I Give You My Hand" and "We'll Meet Tomorrow."

The production is directed by Richard Jones, with choreography by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, sets and costumes by Stewart Laing and lighting by Paul Gallo.