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.
Stage 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.
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.”