Titanic: A New Musical - Original Broadway Cast Recording Cast Recording, Import
Unlike the boat it's named after, this show truly rose from the bottom. Despite detractors predicting doom before it had even opened, Titanic overcame hectic previews and endless technical problems to win a Tony for best musical and turn into a commercial success. Despite the fact that favorite performers like Judith Blazer or Victoria Clark disappear in the crowd and don't get solos of note, the show still manages to bring to life affecting characters. Maury Yeston's (Grand Hotel) score has the required majesty without ever being turgid, and the choral work he coaxes from his ensemble is eminently powerful. Though it requires a fair amount of attention on the listener's part, Titanic is also surprisingly emotional--its majestic finale packs more punch than 3 hours of Leonardo DiCaprio. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
I wasn't at all familiar with this music until I auditioned for a part with our local theatre group.
I was pleasantly surprised at the very high quality of both the score and the performance.
This is music of the highest calibre which movingly tells the story of the Titanic tragedy with a depth of humanity and compassion entirely absent from the recent Hollywood fantasy.
Very highly recommended.
I was notably underwhelmed when I first listened to the CD. The tunes sounded trite, predictable, and somewhat sappy. "There She Is"? Gimme a break.
But then the production began and suddenly it all made sense. I can't really describe why or how this happened. I think it has something to do with how the show (unlike the movie) deals with the real people who sailed on the Titanic and their real stories. The music suddenly has a context, and it means something. You can identify with the feelings of each song; thus it has the power to move you.
And it moves me, and continues to do so. During one of the last performances, I whispered to a fellow musician, "I'm going to miss this show." And she agreed she would, too. When I'm in a certain mood, I'll put this on and enjoy this music once again.
So for all those people who wrote how you didn't like the music, if you have the opportunity, see the show. I guarantee you'll enjoy the music much more than before.