Titanic is currently playing at The Charing Cross Theatre.  This celebrated production directed by Thom Southerland started it’s life at The Southwark Playhouse and then appeared in Toronto.

titanicStage Door Johnny interviews three of the cast members, Philip Rham (Captain Smith), Scarlett Courtney (Kate Mullins) and Matthew Crowe on the set of the production of Titanic.

Titanic is a musical written by Maury Yeston and Peter Stone and originally produced on Broadway in 1997.  That production of Titanic won five Tony Awards.

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BACKGROUND

Yeston knew that the idea Titanic was an unusual subject for a musical. “I think if you don’t have that kind of daring damn-the-torpedoes, you shouldn’t be in this business. It’s the safe sounding shows that often don’t do well. You have to dare greatly, and I really want to stretch the bounds of the kind of expression in musical theater,” Yeston explained.  Yeston saw the story of Titanic as unique to turn-of-the-century British culture, with its rigid social class system and its romanticization of progress through technology. “In order to depict that on the stage, because this is really a very English show, I knew I would have to have a color similar to the one found in the music of the great composers at that time, like Elgar or Vaughan Williams; this was for me an opportunity to bring in the musical theater an element of the symphonic tradition that I think we really haven’t had before. That was very exciting.”

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John Bowles
John Bowles, having started his career on Australian variety television at the age of ten, had notched up 300 hours of live national TV by the age of sixteen. As an adult he has gone on to star in many theatrical productions such as ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Cats’. He has produced, directed and written for television but admits his favourite role is as presenter, and he relishes the opportunity to talk to interesting show business people and tell their stories.