Titanic: The Musical

Titanic: The Musical


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Book writer Peter Stone, in his liner notes to this original Broadway cast recording of Titanic, explains the approach that he and composer/lyricist Maury Yeston took to the story of the doomed ocean liner. "[S]he will not," he writes of the ship, "serve as merely the background against which fictional, melodramatic narratives are recounted. The central character of our Titanic is the Titanic herself." To say that the ship is the central character is not to say that there are no other characters, of course. In fact, there are 40 cast members. The show won all five of the Tony Awards for which it was nominated, among them best musical and best score, and that score consists mostly of choral numbers that are, not surprisingly, full of hope and enthusiasm in the first act (pre-iceberg) and full of dread and melancholy in the relatively brief second. (That's right, about two-thirds of the music on the disc comes before the ship starts going down.) There are a few of those melodramatic narratives Stone abhors, but the writers are much more interested in creating a broad panorama and providing a sociological history lesson: they see the sinking of the ship representing the collapse of class distinctions in the early 20th century. Yeston's music contains smatterings of Gilbert & Sullivan, ragtime, and pop, and for the most part, he is interested in massed voices, which may make this score a boon to high-school choruses everywhere.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2012
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0886919486025
catalogNumber: 194860
Rank: 146277

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy Taylor   Vocals
Larry Keith   Vocals
Joseph Kolinski   Vocals
Michael Cerveris   Vocals
David Garrison   Vocals
Jody Gelb   Vocals
Ted Sperling   Vocals
Kay Walbye   Vocals
Judy Blazer   Vocals
Melissa Bell   Vocals
Matthew Bennett   Vocals
Bill Buell   Vocals
John Jellison   Vocals
Don Stephenson   Vocals
Victoria Clark   Vocals
Brian d'Arcy James   Vocals
Martin Moran   Vocals
Michael Mulheren   Vocals
William Youmans   Vocals
Peter Kapetan   Vocals
Jonathan Brody   Vocals
Clarke Thorell   Vocals
Kevin Stites   Conductor
Kimberly Hester   Vocals
Becky Ann Baker   Vocals
Lisa Datz   Vocals
Erin Hill   Vocals
David Elder   Vocals
Drew McVety   Vocals
Robin Irwin   Vocals
Alma Cuervo   Vocals
John Bolton   Vocals
Allan Corduner   Vocals
Mara Stephens   Vocals
Theresa McCarthy   Vocals
Adam Alexi-Malle   Vocals
David Costabile   Vocals
Michele Ragusa   Vocals
Henry Stram   Vocals
Charles McAteer   Vocals
Jennifer Piech   Vocals
John Cunningham   Vocals
Stephanie Park   Vocals
Mindy Cooper   Vocals
Titantic: The Musical Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Titanic: The Musical Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Tommy Krasker   Producer
Joel Moss   Engineer
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Maury Yeston   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Richard Dombrowski   Art Direction
Roxanne Slimak   Reissue Design
Kevin Stites   Music Direction
Richard Jones   Stage Direction
Peter Stone   Liner Notes,Story,Book
Doug Johnson   Logo Design
Tammy Van Aken   Package Manager
Long Vu   Reissue Package Design

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