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Full Length Musical, Drama  /  14f, 23m

Story and Book by Peter Stone / Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston / Produced on Broadway by Dodger Theatricals, Richard S. Pechter and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Epic and majestic - with moments of heartbreaking intimacy - Titanic captures the triumph and tragedy of the hopeful passengers on the ill-fated Ship of Dreams.
Titanic
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    14f, 23m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Biography, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! Five 1997 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Book and Score
    Winner! Two 1997 Outer Critics Circle Awards
    Winner! 1997 Drama Desk Award for Orchestration
Description

Titanic is available for licensing in two versions:

Titanic (Original): Designed for a large cast, with 14 lead roles and at least 23 supporting roles. Presented on Broadway with a cast of 37 performers.
Titanic - Ensemble Version: Designed for a total of 20 actors, with performers doubling or tripling on roles.

The sinking of the Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of the twentieth century. A total of 1,517 souls—men, women and children—lost their lives (only 711 survived). The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world—called, in fact, the "unsinkable" ship—should have been lost during its maiden voyage is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared to contrive it.

But the catastrophe had social ramifications that went far beyond that night's events. For the first time since the beginning of the industrial revolution early in the 19th Century, bigger, faster and stronger did not prove automatically to be better. Suddenly the very essence of "progress" had to be questioned; might the advancement of technology not always be progress?

Nor was this the only question arising from the disaster. The accommodations of the ship, divided into 1st, 2nd and 3rd Classes, mirrored almost exactly the class structure (upper, middle and lower) of the English-speaking world. But when the wide discrepancy between the number of survivors from each of the ship's classes was revealed—all but two of the women in 1st Class were saved while 155 women and children from 2nd and 3rd (mostly 3rd) drowned—there was a new, long-overdue scrutiny of the prevailing social system and its values.

It is not an exaggeration to state that the 19th Century, with its social stricture, its extravagant codes of honor and sacrifice, and its unswerving belief that God favored the rich, ended that night.

The musical play Titanic examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. This is the factual story of that ship—of her officers, crew and passengers, to be sure—but she will not, as has happened so many times before, serve as merely the background against which fictional, melodramatic narratives are recounted. The central character of our Titanic is the Titanic herself.

— Peter Stone

History
Titanic opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 29, 1997, and played for 804 performances.
Keywords

Act I

Titanic begins ("Prologue") as Thomas Andrews, the architect of the great ship, pores over the blueprints of his design ("In Every Age"). The curtain then rises to reveal the Ocean Dock in Southampton, England, where people are gathering to wonder at and to board the ship on sailing day: first a stoker ("How Did They Build Titanic?"), then additional crewmen ("There She Is"), officers and stevedores ("Loading Inventory"), the owner, the architect and the captain ("The Largest Moving Object"), the Third and Second Class passengers ("I Must Get On That Ship"), and finally the First Class passengers ("The 1st Class Roster"). Now fully boarded, the ship pulls out as the company sings a prayerful farewell ("Godspeed Titanic").

One by one, the dreams and aspirations of key characters are presented: Barrett, the stoker who wanted to get away from the coal mines ("Barrett's Song"); Murdoch, the ship's officer contemplating the responsibility of command ("To Be a Captain"); Kate McGowan and the Third Class passengers who yearn for a better life in America ("Lady's Maid"); Chief Steward Etches and the millionaires he serves who exult in the wonders of their world ("What a Remarkable Age This Is!").

Barrett finds his way to the Telegraph Room, where he dictates a proposal of marriage to his sweetheart back home ("The Proposal") in a telegram transmitted by Harold Bride, a young telegraph operator smitten with the possibilities of the new radio technology ("The Night Was Alive").

The next day, April 14, after Sunday morning church service, the First Class attends the shipboard band’s spirited out-of-doors dance concert ("Hymn/Doing the Latest Rag"), an exclusive event crashed by Second Class passenger Alice Beane, a hardware store owner's wife who wants more out of life ("I Have Danced"). That evening, as Fleet the lookout scans the horizon ("No Moon") and bandsman Hartley regales the First Class Smoking Room with a new song ("Autumn"), the ship sails inexorably towards her collision, which ends Act One.

Act II

The suddenly awakened First and Second Class passengers are assembled in the Grand Salon ("Dressed In Your Pajamas In The Grand Salon") for life-belt instruction by Chief Steward Etches, before being sent up to the Boat Deck to board the lifeboats. In the Telegraph Room, Captain Smith, Mr. Andrews and Mr. Ismay, the owner, argue over who is responsible for the disaster ("The Blame") while Mr. Bride tirelessly sends out the S.O.S. Up on the Boat Deck, the male passengers are separated from their families ("To the Lifeboats"), and all express hopes of being reunited ("We'll Meet Tomorrow") as the final boat is lowered. Isidor Straus (the owner of Macy’s) and his wife Ida remain behind together, as she refuses to leave his side after 40 years of marriage ("Still") and Mr. Etches utters a prayer ("To Be a Captain - Reprise"). In the abandoned Smoking Room, Thomas Andrews desperately redesigns his ship to correct its fatal flaws until the futility of his actions leads him to predict, in horrifying detail, the end of Titanic just as she begins her now-inevitable descent ("Mr. Andrews’ Vision").

In an Epilogue, the survivors picked up by the Carpathia numbly retell what had once been Mr. Andrews’ dream ("In Every Age - Reprise"). The living are joined by their lost loved ones in a tableau recapturing the optimistic spirit of the Ocean Dock on sailing day ("Finale").

—Peter Stone

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The RMS Titanic, between April 10 and 15, 1912.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

14f, 23m
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting

Principals
(3 female; 10 male)

Thomas Andrews — the ship’s designer and builder, late 30's
J. Bruce Ismay — the ship’s owner, late 40's, fastidiously dressed, dark hair and moustache
E.J. Smith — captain of the Titanic, grey-bearded
Murdoch — first officer; doubles as 2nd-Class Passenger, a Scotsman, 39
Harold Bride — radioman
Frederick Barrett — stoker, 24
Frederick Fleet — lookout; doubles as 1st-Class Passenger & 2nd-Class Passenger
Henry Etches — senior 1st-Class Steward; doubles as 3rd-Class Steward; 50
Joseph Bell — chief engineer, doubles as bandmaster Wallace Hartley & 3rd-Class Passenger
Isidor Straus — 1st-Class Passenger; doubles as 3rd-Class Passenger; late 60's
Ida Straus — Mrs. Isidor Straus; doubles as 3rd-Class Passenger
Alice Beane — 2nd-Class passenger
Kate McGowan — a young Irish girl

Officers & Crew
Lightoller — second officer; doubles as 2nd-Class Passenger, 38
Pitman — third officer; doubles as The Major & Fourth Man; 32
Boxhall — fourth officer; doubles as Taylor, Rogers & 3rd-Class Passenger; 28
Hitchens — quartermaster; doubles as Bricoux & 3rd-Class Passenger, a Cornishman, 23
Bellboy — doubles as 3rd-Class Passenger

First-Class Passengers
(all double as 3rd-Class Passengers)

John Jacob Astor, 47
Madeleine Astor, 19 — the very young Mrs. Astor
Benjamin Guggenheim — an American millionaire
Mme. Aubert — Guggenheim’s French mistress
John B. Thayer
Marion Thayer — John’s wife
Jack Thayer — their nine-year-old son
George Widener — doubles as Carlson
Eleanor Widener — George’s wife
Charlotte Cardoza, a handsome woman in her 40's
Edith Corse Evans — doubles as 2nd-Class Passenger
J.H. Rogers — doubles as Boxhall, a bespectacled American in his 40's
The Major — doubles as Pitman

Second-Class Passengers
Alice Beane - middle-aged, American with middle-west accent
Edgar Beane — husband of Alice
Charles Clark — young, British and middle-class
Caroline Neville — young, British and aristocratic
Third-Class Passengers
(all double as 1st-Class Passengers)

Jim Farrell, a handsome Irishman
The Three Kates - young Irish girls
Kate McGowan
Kate Mullins
Kate Murphey

Others
Frank Carlson — an American on shore; doubles as Widener
Andrew Latimer — steward in First Class
Stewardess Robinson
Stewardess Hutchinson
The DaMicos — professional dancers
Wallace Hartley - bandmaster (doubles as Bell)
Taylor — bandsman; doubles as Boxhall
Bricoux — bandsman; doubles as Hitchens
Stevedore
Stokers
Sailors
Stewards — for all three Classes
Additional 1st-Class Passengers [Fleet, Farrell, McGowan, Mullins and Murphey]
Additional 2nd-Class Passengers [Murdoch, Lightoller, Fleet and Edith
First Man — from 3rd Class; doubles as Thayer
Second Man — from 3rd Class; doubles as Widener
Third Man — from 3rd Class; doubles as Guggenheim
Fourth Man — from 3rd Class; doubles as Pitman
German Man — from 3rd Class; doubles as Isidor
Italian Couple — from 3rd Class; double as Mr. & Mrs. Astor
Additional 3rd-Class Passengers [Boxhall, Hitchens, Bell, Bellboy, Ida, Aubert, Marion, Jack, Eleanor, Cardoza and Edith]

Casting Notes

The original Broadway production had a cast of 37 performers, including chorus. Doubling was employed in almost all parts.

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Operetta
  • Dance Requirements: Easy
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Large

Act I

1. "Overture" - Orchestra
2. "In Every Age" - Andrews
3. "How Did They Build Titanic?" - Barrett
4. "Fare-thee-well" - Barrett, Bride & Fleet
5. "There She Is" - Barrett, Bride, Fleet, Hartley, Sailor, Stoker & Stevedore
6. Loading Inventory – Officers, Stevedore, Bellboy, & Ensemble
7. "The Largest Floating Object in The World" - Ismay, Andrews, & Smith
8. Pitman’s Announcement #1 – Pitman
9. "I Must Get On That Ship #1" - The Three Kates & Company
10. "The First Class Roster" - Pitman and Alice
11. "Godspeed Titanic" - Pitman & Company
12. "Barrett's Song (The screws are turning)" - Barrett
13. "What A Remarkable Age This Is" - Etches, 1st-Class & Serving Staff
14. "To Be A Captain" - Murdoch
15. "Lady's Maid" - The Three Kates & Company
16. "The Proposal" / "The Night Was Alive" - Barrett & Bride
17. "God Lift Me Up (Hymn)" - 1st-Class Passengers
18. "Doing The Latest Rag" - Hartley, Bricoux, Taylor & Company
19. "I Have Danced" - Alice & Edgar
20. "No Moon" - Fleet & Company
21. "Autumn" - Hartley
22. Finale Act One – Company

Act II

23. "Entr'acte" - Orchestra
24. "Wake Up, Wake Up!" - Etches, Stewards, 1st-, 2nd-, & 3rd-Class Passengers
25. "Dressed In Your Pyjamas In the Grand Salon" - Company
26. "The Staircase" - The Three Kates, Farrell, Barrett
27. "The Blame" - Ismay, Andrews & Smith
28. "To the Lifeboats" - Company
29. "We'll Meet Tomorrow" - Barrett, Clarke, & Company
30. "To Be A Captain" (Reprise) - Etches
31. "Still" - Ida & Isidor
32. "Mr. Andrews' Vision" - Andrews
33. "The Foundering" - Bride & Survivors
34. Finale - "In Every Age" / "Godspeed, Titanic" (Reprise) – Company

Full Orchestration

Violins I & II (2 vol. each)
Viola
Cello
Bass

Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute (or Clarinet) and Clarinet
Reed II: Oboe and English Horn (or Clarinet)
Reed III: Clarinet
Reed IV: Flute and Clarinet
Reed V: Bassoon and E-flat Contrabass Clarinet (or Bassoon)

Horn I & II
Trumpet I & II (both double B-flat Piccolo Trumpet -8 measures only)
Trombone I (tenor)
Trombone II (bass)

Keyboard Synthesizer I – principally Harp.
Additional registrations for: Glockenspiel, Piano, Steel Guitar, Harpsichord, Vibraphone, Tuba and optional Bass Trombone. (2 vol.)

Keyboard Synthesizer II – principally Strings.
Additional registrations for: Marcato Strings, Fast Strings, Pizz. Strings, Trem. Strings, Double Basses, Celeste, Celeste + Vibes, Harmonium & Harp. (2 vol.)

Percussion I

Tubaphone (or Bells)
Xylophone
Timpani (2 pedal drums)
Bells
Gran Cassa (2 drums)
Anvil (2 sizes)
Piatti (Hand Cymbals)
Small Triangle (share w/Perc. 2)
Even Smaller Triangle

Percussion II
Snare Drum
Bass Drum
Wood Blocks (hi and low)
Cow Bells (hi and low)
Bell Tree
Xylophone (share w/Perc. 2)
Crotales
Triangles (2 sizes)
Tam-Tam
Cymbals:
several suspended
Crash
Crash Hi-Hat
Hand

Materials

Scripts

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package:
1 Piano/Conductor Score Act 1
1 Piano/Conductor Score Act 2
42 Libretto/Vocal Books
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
1 Reed 5
2 Horn 1&2
2 Trumpet 1&2
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
1 Keyboard 1 Act 1
1 Keyboard Act 2
1 Keyboard 2 Act 1
1 Keyboard Act 2
2 Percussion 1&2
3 Violin 1&2 Act 1
3 Violin 1&2 Act 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

Piano Only:
1 Piano/Conductor
42 Libretto/Vocal book

Optional Performance Tracks:
Performance Tracks are available through Sinfonia by Real Time Music Solutions (RMS) at an additional fee. Interested licensees should reach out to RMS directly to secure Sinfonia Performance Tracks.

Additional Resources And Services Available

Media

Press

"A modern musical theatre masterpiece" - Mark Shenton, The Stage

"A consummate bit of theatrical craftsmanship...It tells a great story, and tells it with thrilling theatricality." - Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune

"An inspired and inspiring night of musical theater." - John Harding, DC Metro Theater Arts

"A masterpiece of modern theatre that is packed with emotion...Maury Yeston’s melodic tunes soar through the auditorium as if on wings." - Anne Cox, Stage Review

"A glorious and moving score with a story full of aspirations, hope, love, ambition and ultimately tragedy." - Soraya Scrivener, My Theatre Mates

“Peter Stone’s beautifully constructed book… brilliantly establishes the interweaving lives caught up in the story – from crew to passengers of different classes – with Yeston’s sweeping, enveloping score.” - Mark Shenton, The Stage

Music Samples

Videos

  • Titanic - Mirvish 2015

  • Titanic - Serenbe 2018

  • "Godspeed, Titanic"

  • Titanic on The Rosie O'Donnell Show

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Authors

Peter Stone

Peter Stone (1930-2003) was the first writer to win the Tony, the Oscar and the Emmy. With 15 Broadway productions to his credit, he received Tony Awards for his books to 1776, Woman Of The Year, The Will Rogers Follies and Titanic (all four also winning the Tony for Best Musical). His other Broadw ...

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Maury Yeston

Maury Yeston’s music and lyrics include his internationally acclaimed Broadway musicals Nine and Titanic (both of which earned him Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Musical, as well as Grammy nominations) and Grand Hotel (Tony nomination, Olivier Award). The Broadway revival of Nine< ...

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