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Titanic

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.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult, Senior
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical
    Winner! 2 Outer Critic Circle Awards for Set Design (tie) and Lighting Design (tie)
    Winner! The Drama Desk Award for Orchestration
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 Two opens as 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

Premiere Production: TITANIC opened on Broadway, March 29, 1997 and played for 804 performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
  • Casting: 10M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Ensemble cast
  • Casting Notes: The original Broadway production had a cast of 37 performers, including chorus. Doubling was employed in almost all parts.
    Ensemble Version with a cast of just 20 is possible using doubling.
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • Principals
    THOMAS ANDREWS - the ship's designer and builder, late 30s
    J. BRUCE ISMAY - the ship's owner, late 40s, fastidiously dresses, 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 and 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
    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 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 - quatermaster; doubles as Bricoux & 3rd-Class Passenger, a Cornishman, 23
    BELLBOY - doubles as 3rd-Class Passenger

    First_Calss Passengers
    (all double as 3rd-Class Passengers) JOHN JACOB ASTOR, 47
    MADELINE ASTOR, 19 - the very young Mrs. Astor
    BENJAMIN GUGGENHEIM - an American millionaire
    MME. AUBERT - Guggenheim's French mistress
    JOHN B. THAYER
    MARION THAYNER - John's wife
    JACK THAYNER - their nine-year-old son
    GEORGE WIDENER - doubles as Carlson
    ELEANOR WIDENER - George's wife
    CHARLOTTE CARDOZA - a handsome woman in her 40s
    EDITH CORSE EVANS - doubles as 2nd-Class Passenger
    J.H. ROGERS - doubles as Boxhall, a bespectacled American in his 40s
    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 doubles 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]
    ADDITONAL 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, Hitches, Bell, Bellboy, Ida, Aubert, Marion, Jack, Eleanor, Cardoz and Edith]
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Lib-Vocal Book

    $24.00
    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    25 x Libretto/Vocal Books
    2 x Piano-Conductor's Score

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

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

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

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

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

    2 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.)

    2 Percussion I & II: (trap drum set & mallet instruments)
      (I – mallet instruments)
      Tubaphone (or Bells)
      Xylophone

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm