The Bay View Music Festival presents the fully staged production of "Titanic The Musical" at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, in John M. Hall Auditorium.
"Titanic The Musical" has an original story, unrelated to the popular 1997 movie, and is based on the real-life tragedy of the Titanic. The musical introduces several individuals in first, second and third class as well as the crew, the owner of the White Star Line, Ismay, and the builder of the Titanic. The individuals in first class, many of whom were Americans, were enjoying a luxury cruise across the ocean; the third-class folks were European emigrants to America, looking for the proverbial better life; and the travelers in second class were a mix of both, rubbing elbows with the rich. Captain Murdoch was at the helm for the last time before retirement and Ismay was pressuring him to go faster and faster in order to break the speed record across the Atlantic. Also, compromises had been made in the construction of the ship; there weren't enough lifeboats for the passengers.
The show received five Tony Awards for musical, book, original musical score, orchestrations and scenic designer. It also garnered two Outer Critics Circle Awards for set design and lighting design, as well as The Drama Desk Award for orchestration. The powerful score highlights both the majesty of this ship, the hope of people who were aboard it, and their relationships with one another.
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