A note from Maury Yeston
Indeed it truly is a once-only in a hundred years opportunity to commemorate the 1912 Maiden sailing of the great ship Titanic in the Centennial year of 2012.
What a voyage it has been for me on this extraordinary Ship of Dreams, watching my own dream come to life with many of the best actors, designers, and producers — on Broadway, all over our country, and the world.
I never could have anticipated that the show would tour America for 100 straight weeks, then tour immediately thereafter in an Non-Eq production for another 52 weeks, and then come to life on the smallest and most intimate of your stages with a small musical ensemble (such as Maine State Music Theater), and on the most immense stages (such as The MUNY, where 10,000 people a night in just this past July of 2010, stood as one at the end of each show, and delivered to The MUNY a sell-out run.
Hamburg and Magdeburg Germany, Amsterdam, France, Belgium, Australia, Japan —what a thrill to see this universal story translated and performed. Perhaps the most moving was my evening in Belfast (where they built the Titanic) in a theater a mile away from the ship's construction site, sitting next to the Lord Mayor and watching, with tears, the six members of the cast whose grandfathers actually built her.
Plans should begin soon for any of you who may consider presenting the show in the Centennial year — which will be marked by events and revivals of the show throughout the world. I am so grateful to Tams-Witmark for having facilitated the licensing and provision of materials to all of you, and they have rededicated themselves now to extending every possible courtesy to you for your needs in 2012.
Wishing all of you a wonderful year.
Based on numerous actual characters aboard the great ship, this show focuses on their dreams, hopes and aspirations — as the story of the launching, the collision with the iceberg, and the sinking is played out against the background of the rigid class-distinctions of the Edwardian Age. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the newly-enfranchised Second Class dream of achieving the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaire-Barons of the First Class dream of their hegemony lasting forever. The ship itself, a dream deemed to be life-protecting and unsinkable by the ship's Architect Thomas Andrews, journeys into legend in the hands of its Captain, Owner and Crew — as a Stoker, a Lookout, and a Telegraph Operator reveal from their perspectives why Titanic was going too fast, saw the iceberg too late, and could not summon help to arrive in time.
"The greatest American Musical to have been written in 15 years. A triumph! A score which soars ... a masterpiece." Sheridan Morley, The Spectator
"The Gem of the Ocean. Astonishingly, Titanic manages to be grave and entertaining, somber and joyful; little by little you realize that you are in the presence of a genuine addition to American musical theatre." Nancy Franklin, The New Yorker
"A thrilling new form of expression in a splendiferous Broadway musical. Grand in design, monumental in scope, with great imagination, a fresh and stirring exploration of one of the great stories of our century." Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune
"A classic American musical! Gorgeous score!" Robert Hoffler, Daily Variet"
"Terrific! A grand glorious larger-than-life musical!" Ed Kaufman, Hollywood Reporter
Many of you may not realize it, but 2012 will memorialize 100 years since the sinking of the TITANIC! This symbolic ship was greater than life and full of dreams when it left port in England only to confront a maelstrom of events that ultimately brought it down.TITANIC is one of the greatest true stories of our era and it is not just one story, but many stories. It is the tale of the expectations and societal notions that came together 100 years ago on board that great ship. It is a saga that your audience will love and that your cast and crew will revel in performing.
The ship, itself a character in the production, is a monolith deemed to be life-protecting and unsinkable. Add to this the perspectives of the Captain, Owner and the Crew of the Titanic and the audience begins to understand what happened that fateful night 100 years ago. You will surely want to explore this paradox on your own stage.
Now is the time for you to plan your commemorative performance of TITANIC. This is truly a once-in-a hundred year opportunity to showcase this dramatic story on the anniversary of its occurrence. The Centennial year of 2012 is fast approaching, so we encourage you to contact Tams-Witmark for perusal materials and to place your order to perform this heroic show. For courteous and professional service, call our representatives at: 800-221-7196 or Fax us at 800-826-7121 with your requests.
There will certainly be events and revivals of TITANIC throughout the world to acknowledge its 100th Anniversary. Such a study of human greatness and tragedy deserves tremendous respect. We are sure that you will want to be part of this tribute.
With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone, TITANIC brilliantly tells the tale of this quintessential disaster. The drama, the pathos, the dreams and emotions set TITANIC assail into the annals of classic American Musicals. TITANIC’s expressive lyrics, uplifting score and brilliant book have led the critics to state:
"A thrilling new form of expression in a splendiferous Broadway musical. Grand in design, monumental in scope, with great imagination, a fresh and stirring exploration of one of the great stories of our century." (Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune)
"The greatest American Musical to have been written in 15 years. A triumph! A score which soars… a masterpiece."(Sheridan Morley, The Spectator)
"The Gem of the Ocean. Astonishingly, Titanic manages to be grave and entertaining, somber and joyful; little by little you realize that you are in the presence of a genuine addition to American musical theatre." (Nancy Franklin, The New Yorker)
It is the right time to embrace the message of TITANIC. The drama takes us from the launching of the ship, to the collision with the iceberg, through the tragic sinking. All of this plays out against the backdrop of the rigid class-distinctions of the Edwardian Age.
On stage, yet unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America; the newly-enfranchised Second Class passengers dream of achieving a rich lifestyle; and the millionaire-Barons of First Class dream of their hegemony lasting forever. These are the same issues that Society explores today with increasing intensity. TITANIC is a wonderful way to bring these discussions to life. Celebrate 100 Years with TITANIC!
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