The five-time Tony award-winning musical, Titanic, is embarking on its first ever UK & Ireland Tour with it appearing at The Lowry in May 2018.
Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s stunning musical focuses on their hopes and aspirations. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the newly-enfranchised Second Class dream of achieving the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaire Barons of the First Class dream of their mastery lasting forever.
Caroline Salmon and her neice, Maisie (15), went to review Titanic The Musical for us on Tuesday 8th May 2018 at The Lowry, Salford Quays. This is what they had to say about the historical musical…
The auntie’s point of view…
I was really looking forward to seeing how the Titanic was to sink on stage but was also wondering what type of music I would be hearing this evening as it was an entirely new experience for me. MauryYeston’s music and lyricswere perfectly executed by a highly professional cast whose performances just blew me away.
Firstly, the first thing to say is that, no; it is not the story of the film and the characters are based on true people from the ill-fated ship. Beginning with the man whose dream it was to build Titanic, the show opens gently with a beautifully sung ‘In Every Age’ by Mr. Ismay played by Simon Green. The scenes then built up into introducing the first, second and third class passengers before the ship sails away.
The ship is represented on set on two – tiers and the top tier couples as the bridge and deck, whilst the interior areas of the ship such as the first class salon and the boiler room is represented on the main stage. A staircase cleverly enabled characters to climb up and down ‘decks’ and also as the lookout station which added height and movement to create the illusion of being on the ship. I especially enjoyed being involved in the action more than once, as the actors came into the stalls on occasion to make us feel that we were part of the hustle and bustle of boarding, waving the ship off as it embarked on its maiden voyage, and also looking back from the lifeboats as the remaining passengers awaited their fate.
The music reminded me of an opera and was richly harmonised. As a choral singer myself, I found the whole performance an absolute pleasure. The instruments used were purely strings, keyboards and percussion which I found in keeping with the time period of the setting but also complemented the full sound created when the various parts of the chorus sang in the full company numbers. If I had to single out individual vocalists, Niall Sheehy who sang ‘Barrett’s song’, Fleet’s ‘No Moon’ or the intense and desperate trio ‘The Blame’ between the characters Ismay, Andrews and the Captain were fantastic, but in truth, every single performer executed these musical numbers with aprecision and passion which I found particularly moving. The duet between Ida and Isidor, the older couple who decided not to take a lifeboat and stayed on the ship together, lacked the warmth I would have expected between these characters, although it was not the usual actress playing Ida this evening.
Without revealing too much about the end, a truly fitting tribute is paid to the real victims of this disaster and the music sensitively leads us to the end. I felt this lacked clarity when all the cast appeared on stage together but this is really the only thing that could be improved. I had a wonderful night and would highly recommend it.
Score 10/10 *****
Caroline Salmon (Auntie) Trusted Reviewer from Holcombe Brook
The neice’s point of view…
The plot focuses on the class system on the liner and the relationships between the characters on board. I was really interested in the history of the event and it wasn’t what I expected.
The set was multi-functional with some moving stairs that were utilised in different places.My favourite part was when the ship sank and the railings rose into the air with passengers hanging on for their lives.
The costumes were elaborate and looked true to the era and situation. They helped me to imagine what it was really like at the time and it showed us the differences between the three different classes and how unfair it was they were treated differently when the ship began to sink.
I loved the singing and I couldn’t stop watching Kate Murphy, who had a beautiful voice and sang really high. The last song was the best one. I really enjoyed it and would go again but some songs were a bit slow at times.
Score 9/10 *****
Maisie White (Niece) Trusted Reviewer from Holcombe Brook
Auntie’s Score – 10/10
Niece’s Score – 9/10
Total Score – 19/20 *****
Titanic the Musical is on tour and can be seen at the theatre near you (hopefully!) You can purchase tickets by clicking on the link below:
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