TITANIC
Titanic

Titanic was the third Tony Award winning show in which I had the good luck of being cast. It was a sleeper hit, taking the Tony for Best Musical in 1997. Written by Maury Yeston with book by Peter Stone, it preceded the blockbuster movie. I was cast along with my husband, Kevin Gray (who played the role of “Andrews” the architect) in the First National Touring Company from 1998-2000.

I think the movie’s success helped greatly to give momentum to the stage version. However while on tour I remember we spent much time explaining to people “No, Leonardo Di Caprio is not in the show” and “No it’s not the same songs”…and so on.

Actually the movie was a mixed blessing. The publicity it generated helped the marketing of the show. But on the otherhand the movie partially eclipsed what I thought was a beautiful score by Maury Yeston, which is well worth finding and listening to, even though the show has been closed for some time now.

We opened with the show at The Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, in January 1999 and toured with the company through 17 cities leaving the company in January of 2000. I was a “swing”, covering the roles of Charlotte Cardoza, Eleanor Widener, Marion Thayer, Mme. Aubert, Edith Corse Evans, and Stewardess Hutchinson and Stewardess Robinson.

It was during this tour that Kevin and I wrote our musical, “Dracula… the Covenant”, which would eventually be produced at the Stonington Opera House in 2003.

Critics Quotes

“Terrific. A grand glorious musical.”

Ed Kaufman, The Hollywood Reporter

 

“ A Triumph. A score which soars, a masterpiece.”

Sheridan Morley, The London Spectator

 

“The Gem of the Ocean,”

Nancy Franklin, The New Yorker

 

“ ‘Titanic’ is epic yet sincere, grandly tragic without succumbing to maudlin emotional excess, its conflicts and tragedies are rooted in history…”

The Orange County Register

 

“Sensational! A genuine winner! Some of the best Broadway voices these ears have ever heard.”

Tom Hatten KNX Radio