Chamber-Sized Titanic With Ben Heppner Sails Into Toronto
U.K. director Thom Southerland directs the revival that is inspired by an acclaimed chamber production of Titanic that played London's Southwark Playhouse in 2013.
The revival had at one point been announced for Broadway following its Toronto bow, but the production was postponed. A future Broadway life for the production has not been announced; however, a national tour will commence during the 2015-16 season.
Opera tenor Heppner takes on the role of Isidor Straus, the co-owner of Macy's department store. His character performs the dramatic Act Two duet "Still." Heppner will also inhabit three other roles in the chamber production.
The cast also includes Phillip Arran, Matt Beveridge, Greg Castiglioni, Scarlett Courtney, Matthew Crowe, Gary Davis, Jonathan David Dudley, Grace Eccle, Scott Garnham, Celia Graham, Simon Green, Chris Holland, James Hume, Alex Lodge, Claire Marlowe, Shane McDaid, Nadim Naaman, Beth Peach-Robinson, Philip Rham, Victoria Serra, Rachel Spurrell, Judith Street, Samuel J. Weir and Jack Wilcox.
The musical that tells the story of the passengers of the doomed luxury liner has a Tony-winning score by Yeston (Grand Hotel, Nine) and a Tony-winning book by the late Stone (The Will Rogers Follies, 1776). It opened on Broadway April 23, 1997.
Titanic won 1997 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Stone), Best Musical, Best Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick), Best Score (Yeston) and Best Scenic Design (Stewart Laing).