Saturday, April 14, 2012

Titanic: The Musical

Titanic: The Musical- Diamond Head Theatre

Step back in time to the early 1900's and board the greatest ship ever built- The Titanic. Diamond Head Theatre presents Titanic: The Musical. 

Many may think that walking in to see this musical that they would be greeted by the much loved "Kate and Jack" story that so many have seen from the movie. You couldn't be anymore wrong. Instead, this musical focus's on the ship in it's entirety using real passengers stories from the maiden voyage.

The musical opens up with a very strong orchestra overture (Musical Director :Megan Mount), creating a powerful but mysterious atmosphere. All the lights from the theatre focus on the well rehearsed orchestra empathizing their wonderful talent. The orchestra is strong throughout the entire musical. Right before intermission when the Titanic strikes the iceberg the orchestra breaks out with one of the most suspenseful numbers that will leave the audiences in their seats anxiously waiting for the 15 minutes of intermission to be over.

There are some very talented vocalists as well. Cody Garner is showcased very well as Barret- the stoker man. One of my favorite musical numbers is "The Proposal"/ "The Night Was Alive" with Garner and David Herman. Their voices really work well together and bring a piece of "heart and soul" in the piece. 

Another singer who will not go unnoticed is Kim Anderson who plays Kate McGowen. Her number in "Ladies Maid" captures the audience dreaming of their own "American Dream". 

The audience is also shown some comedic relief throughout the heavy drama through Zenia Zambrano Moura- Alice Beane's character who is a second class passenger who only wants to mingle with the first class passengers. In Act 1, scene 8, Beane is parading around the upper deck with the first class passengers while they are having their "afternoon dance" session.

The set was simple, but it moved around in almost every scene- detaching and reattaching different elements to create the illusion of the different parts of the Titanic. The costuming was also well done with each class passenger dressed in the appropriate timepiece. Hair and make-up (Norma Hirota) was gorgeously done.

Titanic: The musical will be running until April 22.

1 comment:

  1. This show has been around for a while - I saw it when I was 12 or 13 in New York. It's PHENOMENAL. And the music is to die for!