TITANIC, the award-winning epic musical from Peter Stone and Maury Yeston, is thrilling audiences in a new production staged outdoors at Lake Lugano in the town of Melide, Switzerland. Just look at this set!
Here’s our translation of a preview article from Zürichsee Zeitung:
The smash hit at Lake Walen is revived in Ticino: TITANIC, the musical about the splendor and demise of the legendary ocean liner, a tale of aspirations and suffering, is now being staged against the otherworldly backdrop of Lake Lugano.
Last summer, the open-air musical TITANIC thrilled more than 42,000 visitors at Lake Walen; now the mythic story of the unsinkable ocean liner and of a better life in the Land of Opportunity is set to conquer audiences in Ticino. From mid-August to mid-September, Italian, German, and Swiss stars will perform on an impressive set in the town of Melide, against the magnificent backdrop of Lake Lugano.
Gigantic, luxurious and unsinkable, The RMS Titanic was regarded as a paragon of technological achievement and economic prowess. When it was built, at the beginning of the twentieth century, it was the most luxurious ship ever. On its very first passage across the Atlantic towards New York, however, the ship struck an iceberg and sank. The tale of this fateful maiden voyage has been told before, and the sinking of the Titanic is regarded as the most famous shipwreck in history, although it is by no means the largest.
The musical weaves together the fates of several fictional passengers, most prominently the love story of Kate McGowan and Jim Farrell, who fall in love on the Titanic and plan to reach America safely together, no matter what happens.
The sinking ocean liner is not the only nightly spectacle in Lake Lugano; the cast holds several surprises as well. Among them is Christina Scruccia, the Ursuline nun who won Italy’s version of The Voice in 2014 and subsequently triumphed on the musical stage. On the lakeside stage in Melide, her role seems tailor-made for her singing and acting talent.
The cast, which performs in Italian and in German on alternating nights, includes some exciting Swiss names: Zürich native Isabel Florido is well known from television, movie screens and musicals; and Patric Scott has taken the Swiss pop scene by storm and appeared with singer Sebalter at the Eurovision Song Contest. They are joined by established musical performers Angelo Canonico and Samuel Tobias Klauser.
The name Titanic automatically suggests the 1997 James Cameron movie starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. However, TITANIC – THE MUSICAL, with a book by Peter Stone, had opened on Broadway a full six months before the film’s premiere. The musical earned five Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book, Best Orchestration, and Best Scenic Design. Both music and lyrics are by the noted American composer/lyricist Maury Yeston.
Audiences at Lake Lugano can enjoy the performances from covered bleachers, making TITANIC an experience for the whole family. For tickets, visit www.musicalmelide.ch.
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