Countdown To Curtain: Titanic Opens Tonight!

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Did you ever wish you could see what happens backstage in the hours leading up to opening night of a big Broadway musical -- then watch the show open and go to the cast party with the stars?

On Wednesday and Thursday, April 23 and 24, Playbill On-Line will take you on just such a ride. Our writers and photographers sit with the casts, crews and creators of the season's two biggest musicals, Titanic and Steel Pier, as they experience their long-awaiting openings on Broadway

You've been following their development in Critics Circle -- now hold virtual hands with them as they arrive at their big nights.

Starting on Wednesday, April 23 at 12 Noon (EST), Playbill On-Line will post hourly news coverage of two of the most eagerly anticipated openings of the Broadway season on the Playbill On-Line World Wide Web site ( and the Playbill forum (Keyword: PLAYBILL) on America Online (AOL). For two days and nights, visitors to the Playbill On-Line site will be able to join in the "Countdown to Curtain" as the new musicals officially open on Broadway. We will bring behind- the-scenes stories, interviews, insight, theatrical lore and first-hand reports from backstage and from the glittering opening night audiences.

Stop in throughout the day and evening. Dispatches will be archived, so you'll be able to go back and see how we've progressed as the big moment approaches.

Through AOL and the World Wide Web people around the world will be able to participate in the unique experience of a Broadway opening.

Produced by Dodger Endemol Theatricals, Richard S. Pechter and The John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts, Titanic is directed by Richard Jones, with a story and book by Academy Award and Tony Award-winner Peter Stone (1776, Woman of the Year) and music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel). Choreography is by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, with set and costume designs by Stewart Laing and lighting design by Paul Gallo.

Produced by Roger Berlind, Steel Pier is a new musical with music and lyrics by the legendary John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret, and Kiss of the Spider Woman). Steel Pier is directed by Scott Ellis with choreography by Susan Stroman and a book by David Thompson. Sets are by Tony Walton with costumes by William Ivey Long and lighting by Peter Kaczorowski.

Titanic officially opens at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 23 at 6:30 PM. Steel Pier officially opens at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on April 24 at 6:30 PM. Hourly coverage will run noon to midnight (ET) both days. You'll be able to tune in at any hour and see all previous hourly posts.

Make sure to be part of this unprecedented theatre event!

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