Titanic - Ensemble Version


Titanic - Ensemble Version

Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  6w, 14m

Story and Book by Peter Stone
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston

Orchestrations by Ian Weinberger
Produced on Broadway by Dodger Endemol Theatricals, Richard S. Pechter and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Through an ingenious doubling scheme, Titanic - Ensemble Version requires a cast of just 20, and an orchestra of six, to tell the gripping story of the ocean liner’s maiden voyage and tragic demise.

Image: Joan Marcus

Titanic - Ensemble Version

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6w, 14m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Biography, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
  • 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
Titanic - Ensemble Version
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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.

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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


Titanic opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 29, 1997, and played for 804 performances. The Ensemble Version of the show had its American premiere at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, in 2012 and its European premiere at London’s Southwark Playhouse in 2013.

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 First 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!").

Caroline, raised in an upper-class family, is traveling Second Class with her new husband Charles, a greengrocer. Together, they dream of making a new start in the States (“I Give You My Hand”).

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 ("Wake Up, Wake Up!") are assembled in the Grand Salon ("Dressed In Your Pyjamas 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

14 Men

Thomas Andrews, Designer and Builder
Barrett, Stoker / as Guggenheim, 1st Class Passenger / as 3rd Class Passenger (L.M.)
Bride, Telegrapher /as John Thayer, 1st Class Passenger / as 3rd Class Passenger (2nd Man in L.M.) / as Band Leader Wallace Hartley
Fleet, Lookout / as George Widener, 1st Class Passenger / as Carlson / as Stoker / as 3rd Class Passenger (L.M.) / as DaMico (L.R.)
Captain E. J. Smith
J. Bruce Ismay, Owner
Charles Clarke / as Steward (Launching) / as 2nd Class Passenger /as 1st Class Passenger   (L.R.)
Edgar Beane / as Officer Boxhall / as 2nd Class Passenger / as 3rd Class Passenger (L.M.)
Isidor Strauss, 1st Class Passenger / as Officer Hitchens / as 3rd Class Passenger (L.M.)
Jim Farrell, 3rd Class Passenger / as Steward (Launching) / as Mr. Bell / as Latimer / as 1st Class Passenger (L.R.)
Henry Etches, Senior 1st Class Steward / as Officer Pitman
First Officer Murdoch/ Bass Player
Officer Lightoller / as J. J. Astor, 1st Class Passenger / as 3rd Class Passenger (L.M.)
Bellboy / as Waiter twice (1st and 3rd Class) / as Stoker

6 Women

Alice Beane, 2nd Class Passenger / as 3rd Class Passenger (L.M.)
Caroline Neville, 2nd Class Passenger / as Stewardess / as Mme. Aubert
Kate McGowan, 3rd Class Passenger / as Stewardess / as Charlotte Drake Cardoza, 1st Class Passenger
Kate Murphey, 3rd Class Passenger / as Stewardess / as Mrs. Widener, 1st Class Passenger / as DaMico (L.R.)
Kate Mullins / as Stewardess / as Madeleine Astor, 1st Class Passenger
Ida Strauss, 1st Class Passenger / as 3rd Class Passenger (R.A.)

R.A. = Remarkable Age
L.M. = Lady’s Maid
L.R. = Doing The Latest Rag

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


“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


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    "Godspeed, Titanic"

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    Titanic on The Rosie O'Donnell Show


  • Titanic - Ensemble Version

    Image: Joan Marcus


Music Samples

Act I

1. Overture – Orchestra
1a. “In Every Age” – Company
2. “How Did They Build Titanic?” – Barrett
2a. “Fare-thee-well” – Barrett, Bride & Fleet
2b. “There She Is” – Barrett, Bride, Fleet, Pitman, Lightoller & Murdoch
2c. “Loading Inventory” – Pitman, Lightoller, Boxhall, Murdoch, Hitchens, Captain, Andrews, Bellboy, Etches & 3 Stewardesses
2d. “The Largest Moving Object” – Ismay, Andrews & Captain
2e. “Pitman’s Announcement #1” – Pitman
2f. “I Must Get On That Ship #1” – The Three Kates, Farrell, Andrews, Barrett, Bride, Fleet, Captain & Ismay
2g. “Pitman’s Announcement #2” – Pitman, Edgar, Alice, Charles & Caroline
2h. “I Must Get On That Ship #2” – Pitman, Edgar, Alice, Charles, Caroline & Ensemble
2i. “Mrs. Beane [The First-Class Roster]” – Pitman & Alice
2j. “Opening Finale [Godspeed Titanic]” – Pitman & Full Company

2k. Missed The Boat – Orchestra
3. “Wolf Rock” – Murdoch & Lightoller with Captain
4. Put Your Backs To It – Orchestra
5. Boiler Room Underscoring – Orchestra
6. “Barrett’s Song” – Barrett
7. “The Glinka #1” (Beanes) – Alice
7a. “The Glinka #2” (Clarkes) – Caroline & Charles
8. “What A Remarkable Age This Is!” – Etches, 1st-Class Passengers, Andrews, Ismay, Captain & Bellboy
9. “Cap Lights” – Captain, Murdoch & Lightoller
10.“To Be A Captain (Murdoch)” – Murdoch
10a. Transition To Third Class – Orchestra
11. “Lady’s Maid” – The Three Kates, Farrell & 3rd-Class Passengers
11a. Lady’s Maid Playoff – Orchestra
12. “I Give You My Hand” – Charles & Caroline
13. Mystery Bridge #1 (Underscore) – Orchestra
14. Marconi’s Wonder #1 – Orchestra
15. “The Proposal” – Barrett & Bride
15a. “The Night Was Alive” – Barrett & Bride
15b. Marconi’s Wonder #2 – Orchestra
16. “Hymn: God Lift Me Up” – 1st-Class Passengers, Andrews, Ismay, Captain, Etches, Lightoller & Bellboy
17. “Doing The Latest Rag” – Hartley, Bass Player, 1st-Class Passengers, Andrews, Ismay, Captain, Etches, Lightoller & Bellboy
17a. Latest Rag Playoff – Orchestra
17b. “I Have Danced” – Alice & Edgar
18. Mystery Bridge #2 (Underscore) – Orchestra
18a. Deck Scene Underscore – Orchestra
19. “No Moon #1” – Fleet, Farrell, McGowan, Ida, Isidor, Captain, Lightoller, Murdoch, Caroline & Charles
20. “Autumn” – Hartley
20a. “No Moon #2” – Fleet, Andrews, Barrett, Bride, Captain, Ismay, Charles, Edgar, Isidor, Farrell, Etches, Murdoch, Lightoller, Bellboy, Alice, Caroline, McGowan, Kate Murphey, Kate Mullins & Ida
20b. End Act One – Orchestra

Act II

21. Entr’acte – Orchestra
22. “Wake Up, Wake Up!” – Etches & Bellboy
22a. First Class Flourish – Orchestra
23. “Dressed In Your Pyjamas In The Grand Salon” – Etches, Bellboy, Alice, 1st-Class Passengers (Isidor & Ida), 2nd-Class Passengers (Charles, Edgar & Caroline), Murdoch & Lightoller
23a. “Staircase” – The Three Kates & Farrell
23b. Corridor Underscore – Orchestra
23c. Send Us A Ship – Orchestra
23d. Before The Blame – Orchestra
24. “The Blame” – Ismay, Andrews & Captain
25. “To The Lifeboats” – Man, Woman, Lightoller, Murdoch, Isidor & Ida
26. “We’ll Meet Tomorrow” – Barrett, Bride, Charles & Company
27. Tomorrow Playoff – Orchestra
27a. Act Two, Scene 6 Underscore – Orchestra
27b. “To Be A Captain (Etches)” – Etches
28. Before Still – Orchestra
29. “Still” – Ida & Isidor
30. “Mr. Andrews’ Vision” – Andrews
30a. “The Foundering” – Bride, Lightoller & Survivors: Farrell, Alice, Caroline, McGowan, Ismay, 1st-Class Passenger, 1st-Class Mother, Fleet & Etches
31. Finale: Reprise “In Every Age” – Full Company
31a. Finale, Part II: Reprise “Godspeed Titanic” – Full Company
31b. Bows & Exit Music – Orchestra

Full Orchestration


Trap Drum Set Snare Drum, Bass Drum High-Hat, Cymbal, Splash Cymbal
Triangles (3), Tam-Tam, Crash Cymbals, Anvils (2), Bell Tree, Wood Block, Cowbells (2), Temple Blocks, Glockenspiel, Timpani (2), Xylophone, Crotales

Keyboard (Playing from a Full Score)
Registrations for Piano, Harp, String Pad, Xylophone, Harpsichord, Vibes, Pizz. Strings, Glock. & Celesta.

  • Musical Style Classic Broadway, Operetta
  • Dance Requirements Easy
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra Size Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size No Chorus

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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 Mus ...

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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 reviva ...

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Ian Weinberger

IAN WEINBERGER is a New York-based music director. Regional: Titanic (Westchester Broadway Theatre, Hangar Theatre), My Fair Lady, Fanny Brice: America’s Funny Girl (Asolo Rep), Merrily We Roll Along and Pippin (The Music Theatre Company). Broadway: Hamilton, The Book of Morm ...

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