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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/titanic_production2.png]]께TheMusical of the ''UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic''[='s=] launching and eventual tragic sinking. 께Yes, you read that right. 께''Titanic: The Musical'', (or officially just ''Titanic'') was a Broadway musical that opened in 1997 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on the 23rd of April, starring John Cunningham as Captain E. J. Smith, Michael Cerveris as Thomas Andrews, and David Garrison as J. Bruce Ismay. The musical ended won 5 Tonys including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical, and ran for two years. A UK production opened in 2018.께The plot of the musical follows the crew and passengers of the RMS ''Titanic'' as it makes its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in April 1912. It focus on no-one in particular, instead choosing to give almost every class of person on the ship a song and or a moment and therefore has no one single protagonist. (Other than the ''Titanic'' herself, if you will)께The musical is also unique in that the Broadway stage could tilt to simulate the sinking of the ship, and that most of the characters are actually people who were on the ''Titanic'' with only a few names changed here and there and a few people who died lived and vice versa.께The relation to Creator/JamesCameron's ''{{Film/Titanic|1997}}'' in the same year is probably just coincidental. 께----!!''Titanic'' provides examples of:께* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: A real life example.* ArtisticLicenceHistory: ** For being a show that got most things right about the ''Titanic'', it does get a few things wrong: One of the lyrics in "Mr Andrews Vision" says "the water poured in a 300 foot gash". It didn't, it poured in a number of holes along a 300 foot '''length''' and this was 1997, they knew by then. It probably just rhymed better. ** Both Edgar Beane and Stoker Frederick Barrett die in the musical, but in real life, they lived, despite both being part of groups (Second-Class men and Engineering Crew respectively) that took among the highest casualty rates.** Henry Etches is portrayed as the Chief Steward and Andrew Latimer as his subordinate. In real life it was the other way around.* CompositeCharacter: The real Kate [=McGowan=] was a middle-aged spinster who died in the sinking, unlike the younger Kate in the show. She appears to have been conflated, whether intentionally or accidentally, with Kate ''Gilnagh'', who was the right age, was really friends with the people the fictional [=McGowan=] associates with, and survived the sinking.** Jim Farrell boards a lifeboat by claiming to be a seaman. This is how First Class passenger Arthur Peuchen managed to get into Lifeboat 6, Jim Farrell died during the disaster.* CoolBoat: Takes place on one. It was the largest and most luxurious ship ever made at that time after all. * DarkReprise: Plenty, after the iceberg is struck and things go rapidly downhill.** "To Be A Captain" is a short song sung in the first act by First Officer Murdoch about the importance of the position of Captain and how he feels he isn't qualified to take it. At the end, the same song is reprised by Chief Steward Etches as a eulogy for Captain Smith.** "Lady's Maid" is sung by Kate [=McGowan=] and the rest of the third-class passengers while dreaming of the bright future awaiting them in America. The reprise is sung ''to'' Kate by her new fiancé Jim as he tries to convince her to get into the lifeboat and leave him behind with most of the other third-class passengers as the ship sinks.** "Autumn" is a sweeping melody about being content with one's life as one grows older. Andrews desperately sings a few lines from the song as water floods the doomed ship, his life's work failing before his eyes.** "Godspeed, Titanic" concludes the opening number of the show as the entire cast bids the Titanic a safe journey across the ocean, and also concludes the show itself as the survivors of the disaster watch the ruined ship sink beneath the waves.* DramaticIrony: [[TheMusical The Musical!]] Act 1 of the show largely depicts the hopes and dreams of the passengers and crew as they sail aboard the majestic ship, all the while the audience is well aware of the fate that awaits them all.* EpicRocking: If "In Every Age" and "The Launching", which is made up of roughly five or six songs, are both considered one continuous musical number, then the opening number of the show lasts for about ''sixteen minutes''.* EnsembleCast: Rather than focus on one particular member on the Ship; the Show is focus on multiple members of the Crew and Passengers. Practically, every one has, at least, one solo during the Show?* FinalLoveDuet: "Still", a duet between Isidor and Ida Straus. [[spoiler: More final than most because they die not soon after.]]* ForegoneConclusion: It's a musical about the ''Titanic'', one of the most famous ship wrecks ever. * HenpeckedHusband: Edgar Beane is the long-suffering spouse of Alice Beane, who'd rather spend her time associating with the rich and famous than spend time with her husband on a leisure trip overseas.* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: As is typical for many adaptations of the incident, Bruce Ismay is depicted in a very critical light. He spends most of the first act constantly urging the captain to increase the ship's speed (despite objections from the crew), in order to generate good press for the Titanic's maiden voyage and to please the wealthy first-class passengers - directly leading to the ship's fatal impact with the iceberg due to being unable to turn in time to avoid it. In reality, there is no evidence that Ismay ever did such a thing, and indeed as the head of White Star Line (whose ships were famed for prioritising luxury and comfort over speed), he would be the ''least likely'' person to insist on hastening the voyage.[[note]]For context, the fast, flighty Cunarders that contended for the Blue Riband had an average cruising speed of around 25 knots -- which is as fast as the ''Olympic''-class' ''maximum'' speed. But the "Greyhounds of the Atlantic" paid a price for all that power: they were known to rattle uncomfortably during the voyage from the vibration of the engines. White Star, on the other hand, deliberately chose to go in the other direction, and were quite successful at it.[[/note]]* IWantSong: ** "Lady's Maid", a song about what the 3rd class passengers want to do when they get to America. ** "I Must Get on That Ship", a song about, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin wanting to get on that ship.]]* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: "The Launching: I Must Get On That Ship", where the 3rd and 2nd class passengers sing about why they are, well... getting on that ship. * MistakenForServant: When Captain Smith tries to address Harold Bride, the telegraph operator, while the latter is busy sending out the distress signal to alert other ships that the Titanic is sinking.-->'''Smith''': Radio man, have you managed to reach any ships?-->'''Bride''': ''(snapping)'' Can't you see I'm busy?! Go bother the captain!-->'''Smith''': This '''is''' the captain!* MinorCharacterMajorSong: Fleet, one of the ship's lookouts (at the time of hitting the iceberg) gets "No Moon".* MotorMouth: Alice Beane has a PatterSong as she excitedly raves to her HenpeckedHusband about each of the First-Class Passengers, [[AsYouKnow doubling as exposition to modern-day audience members who may not necessarily know who each of the then-famous passengers were]].* TheMusical: Of one of the most famous maritime disasters of all time.* OneSteveLimit: Very much averted, as almost every character in the show is named after a real-life crew member or passenger on the ship. ** The most notable example are the three Kates - Kate McGowan, Kate Mullins, and Kate Murphy - who all meet before boarding the ship and even bond over the fact that they share the same name.** Captain Edward "E.J." Smith shares a small scene with one of the ship's bellboys and asks him for his name, only to discover that he is ''also'' named Edward.** Furthermore, we have John Jacob Astor and John Thayer among the first-class passengers, as well as Frederick Fleet and Frederick Barret among the crew.* PatterSong: "Mrs. Beane (The First-Class Roster)"* SanitySlippageSong: "Mr Andrews' Vision", where Thomas Andrews [[spoiler:suffers a nervous breakdown over the design flaw that caused the sinking of the ship, redesigning the blueprints until he breaks off, imagining the fate of those left on the ship until he eventually dies.]]* SettingOffSong: The Launching, a name for a collection of 6 songs about the launching of the Titanic that are in order: "How Did They Build Titanic?", "There She Is", "Loading Inventory", "I Must Get On That Ship", "The 1st Class Roster" and finally "Godspeed Titanic"* TheSongBeforeTheStorm: "Autumn/Finale" - Autumn is a slow, oldtimey song that eventually gets mixed with bits of the previous song "No Moon" about how dark the night is and the fact that you cannot see anything but stars... then the [[MoodWhiplash iceberg hits.]] * QuarrelingSong: "The Blame" Where the Captain (E.J.Smith), one of the designers (Thomas Andrews) and the owner (J. Bruce Ismay) of the Titanic argue about who was to blame for the sinking of the ship.* UpperClassTwit: The young Madeleine Astor is the "Airhead Heiress" version of this trope, and almost runs back away from the lifeboats while the ship is sinking because she accidentally left her precious diamonds behind.-->'''Marion''': And how did you find Paris, Mrs. Astor?-->'''Madeleine''': Luckily, I didn't have to. Jake knew right where it was!----

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