TITANIC: ENSEMBLE Version
Now Available From Tams-Witmark
Tams-Witmark Music Library is excited to announce that the Ensemble Version of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical TITANIC is now available for licensing with a revised book and score, including an additional song written by Maury Yeston. The Ensemble Version uses an ingenious doubling scheme, created by original Broadway cast member, Don Stephenson, to tell the gripping story of the ocean liner’s maiden voyage and tragic demise with a reduced cast of twenty. Additionally, the new orchestration, created by Ian Weinberger, requires only six players. These revisions bring a spectacular, but technically daunting work of musical theatre well within the reach of many theatres that are not able to stage the original version.
The Ensemble Version may have a reduced cast and orchestra but that doesn’t mean a reduction in quality. Critics and audiences alike agree that Peter Stone’s book and Maury Yeston’s music and lyrics are brought alive in new and powerful ways thanks to these revisions. The European premiere, at London’s Southwark Playhouse, sold out every performance and earned 4 star raves from all the major London critics, including The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Observer and The Sunday Express. It went on to snag the award for Best Musical Production from the Offie Award UK, Whatsonstage Award UK and Broadwayworld.com UK. The production at Chicago’s Griffin Theatre received equally high praise with the Sun Times declaring the show “such a beauty… that any Broadway edition will simply count as a commercial afterthought. It is that good.”
See below for more reviews and click the link to see the official show page for the TITANIC: ENSEMBLE VERSION and get your quote and perusal copies today.
“The ensemble work (in a work about division) is glorious. It lifts the spirits.”
-Susannah Clapp, The Observer, August 9, 2013
“Yeston’s literate lyrics are beautifully crafted, and having the cast of 20 belt them out a couple of meters away from your face is irresistibly spine-tingling.”
Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out London, August 1, 2013
“You are drawn to each individual onstage, yet captivated by the ensemble as a whole… The show stops your heart and makes your spine tingle.”
Sarah Milton, The Upcoming, August 2, 2013
“This chamber-size musical is a Titanic-size success.”
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, October 27, 2014
““intimate,” yes, but absolutely grand-scale in its emotional punch and its highly polished execution …any Broadway edition will simply count as a commercial afterthought. It is that good.
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times, October 27, 2014
The lack of spectacle allows the audience to focus on the collapse of the class system when the overzealous and the under-focused leadership of the vessel allow it to crash into an iceberg. And the music, of course. Yeston can spin a lush melody with his particular branding; on the hearing of two phrases, three at the most, one can usually name a song as Yeston’s. Yet each soaring moment is uniquely tied to a character and a situation.
Aaron Hunt, NewCity Stage, November 1, 2014