Titanique
Une Parodie Musicale
Promotional poster
MusicVarious
LyricsVarious
Book
  • Tye Blue
  • Marla Mindell
  • Constantine Rousouli
BasisTitanic
by James Cameron
PremiereDecember 14, 2017: Sorting Room Theatre
Productions2022 Off-Broadway

Titanique is a jukebox musical created by book writers Tye Blue, Marla Mindelle, and Constantine Rousouli, and music supervisor Nicholas Connell.[1] The musical is a parody of the 1997 film Titanic and uses music introduced by Céline Dion.

The show premiered in Los Angeles in 2017. It began an off-Broadway run at The Asylum Theatre in June 2022, transferring to the Daryl Roth Theatre in November. The production won the 2023 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical and for lead performer (Mindelle) and costume design (Alejo Vietti).

Premise

The musical follows the main events of the film, with the exception of the present-day framing device; instead of treasure hunters searching for the Heart of the Ocean, Céline Dion surprises visitors at a Titanic museum and hijacks their tour.[2] Dion serves as a Greek chorus for most of the show. The musical uses pop culture references, including allusions to RuPaul's Drag Race and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Productions

Los Angeles (2017)

The show premiered at Los Angeles' Sorting Room Theater as a one-night-only experience titled Titanique: In Concert on December 14, 2017. Book writer Tye Blue directed with co-writers Marla Mindelle and Constantine Rousouli starring as Céline Dion and Jack, respectively, with music direction by co-creator Nicholas Connell who also arranged & orchestrated the music, joined by Alex Ellis, who starred as Rose.[3] Other cast members included Peter Porte, Tom Lenk, Drew Droege, Sebastian La Cause, Katherine Tokarz, Tom Detrinis, and Adam Zelasko.[4]

New York premiere (2018)

The show held a limited engagement at New York City's Green Room 42 inside the Yotel hotel from August 25–27, 2018 with Mindelle, Rousouli, Ellis, La Cause, and Zelasko returning. Joining the cast were Stephen Guarino, Kathy Deitch, Mikhail Thompson, and Mykal Kilgore.[5][6] An encore six-concert run followed from November 30 to December 3, 2018.[7]

Off-Broadway (2022)

An off-Broadway revival began previews at The Asylum Theatre in New York City on June 14, 2022, with an official opening on June 23, 2022. It was once again directed by Blue, music directed by Connell, and choreographed by Ellenore Scott. It starred Mindelle as Dion, Rousouli as Jack, Ellis as Rose, Frankie Grande as Victor Garber, Deitch as Margaret "Molly" Brown, Ryan Duncan as Ruth, John Riddle as Cal, and Jaye Alexander as The Iceberg. The creative team was rounded out with scenic design by Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, costumes by Alejo Vietti, sound design by Lawrence Schober, lighting by Paige Seber, and hair/makeup/wigs by Tommy Kurzman.[8] The production was seen by several people associated with the film, such as Victor Garber,[9] as well as Dion's manager and publicist.[10]

The production closed on November 13, 2022 and re-opened on November 20, 2022, at the Daryl Roth Theatre with the same creative team. Several members of the company remained, except for Ellis, Deitch, Duncan, and Alexander, who were replaced by Carrie St. Louis, Desireé Rodriguez, Russell Daniels, and Avionce Hoyles, respectively.[11] Grande departed the show on December 22, 2022, and the role of Victor Garber was assumed by Wulf Clark, with Mark Evans taking over the role of Cal on December 24, 2022. Rosé assumed the role of Garber on January 26, 2023,[12] followed by Willam Belli who took over the role on September 5, 2023. The show is selling tickets through June 2024.[13]

The production won Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical, lead performer in a musical (Mindelle) and costume design (Vietti). Also nominated were Scott for choreography and Riddle as featured performer[14]

Musical numbers

Off-Broadway production[15]

Casts

Character The Asylum Theatre (2022)[16] Daryl Roth Theatre (2022)[17]
Céline Dion Marla Mindelle
Jack Dawson Constantine Rousouli
Rose DeWitt Bukater Alex Ellis Carrie St. Louis
Victor Garber Frankie Grande
Molly Brown Kathy Deitch Desireé Rodriguez
Ruth DeWitt Bukater Ryan Duncan Russell Daniels
Cal Hockley John Riddle
The Iceberg Jaye Alexander Avionce Hoyles

Notable replacements

Off-Broadway (2022-23)

Awards and nominations

2022 Off-Broadway production

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2023 Lucille Lortel Awards[18] Outstanding Musical Won
Outstanding Leading Performer in a Musical Marla Mindelle Won
Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical John Riddle Nominated
Outstanding Choreography Ellenore Scott Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design Alejo Vietti Won
2023 Drama League Award Outstanding Production of A Musical Nominated
Distinguished Performance Award Marla Mindelle Nominated
2023 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book of a Musical Marla Mindelle, Constantine Rousouli, Tye Blue Nominated
2023 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Book of a Musical Marla Mindelle, Constantine Rousouli, Tye Blue Nominated
Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Musical Marla Mindelle Nominated
2023 Off Broadway Alliance Award[19] Best New Musical Won

References

  1. ^ Bahr, Sarah (28 December 2022). "A 'Titanic' Parody Show That Draws Fans Near, Far, Wherever They AreA 'Titanic' Parody Show That Draws Fans Near, Far, Wherever They Are". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 April 2023.
  2. ^ "Home". Titanique the Musical. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  3. ^ "The Sorting Room Presents 'Titanique' in concert". PerformingArtsLive.com. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  4. ^ Musbach, Julie. "Take a Voyage on the TITANIQUE". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  5. ^ McPhee, Ryan (June 14, 2018). "A Titanic Musical Parody, Featuring Céline Dion Songs, Is Heading to New York". Playbill. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  6. ^ Cristi, A. A. "Mykal Kilgore Joins TITANIQUE: IN CONCERT At The Green Room 42". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2023-05-20.
  7. ^ "Titanique to Return for Encore Run at the Green Room 42". October 10, 2018. Retrieved April 6, 2023.
  8. ^ "SL Magazine: Titanique – Daryl Roth Theater". titanique.stagelightmagazine.com. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  9. ^ Glikas, Bruce. "Photos: Original TITANIC Star Victor Garber Visits TITANIQUE". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2023-02-27.
  10. ^ "Titanique Breakout Marla Mindelle Reveals the Secret to Her Hilarious Céline Dion Impression". Peoplemag. Retrieved 2023-02-27.
  11. ^ Putnam, Leah (October 13, 2022). "Titanique to Transfer to Daryl Roth Theatre". Playbill. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  12. ^ Culwell-Block, Logan; Putnam, Leah (December 21, 2022). "Mark Evans and Drag Race Star Rosé Joining Titanique as the Musical Extends Off-Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  13. ^ Putnam, Leah (March 8, 2023). "Titanique Extends Its Off-Broadway Voyage". Playbill. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  14. ^ Culwell-Block, Logan. "Wolf Play, Titaníque Lead 2023 Lucille Lortel Awards; See the Full List of Winners", Playbill, May 7, 2023
  15. ^ "Music Licensing". Titanique the Musical. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  16. ^ Glikas, Bruce. "Photos: New Musical TITANIQUE Sets Sail on Opening Night!". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  17. ^ "Titanique Honors 25th Anniversary of Titanic with Special Off-Broadway Re-Opening Performance". Peoplemag. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  18. ^ Ingenthron, Blair (May 7, 2023). "WOLF PLAY, TITANIQUE & More Win at the 2023 Lucille Lortel Awards". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2023-05-07.
  19. ^ Culwell-Block, Logan (May 31, 2023). "Fat Ham Is Off Broadway Alliance Awards' Best New Play; See the Full List of 2023 Winners". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2023-06-03.