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‘Titanic’ Broadway Revival Postponed

The planned revival of Titanic has been postponed due to a lack of a suitable Broadway theater during the 2014-15 season.

The poster from the first run of the musical ‘Titanic’

The poster from the first run of the musical ‘Titanic’

In January, Tony-winning producers Fran and Barry Weissler (Chicago) and David Mirvish had announced their plans to bring a new production of the 1997 musical to New York after a try-out at Toronto’s Royal Alexandria Theatre from July 22 to Aug. 31. The Toronto engagement has been cancelled, though the producers have stated that they remain committed to sailing the show in when scheduling permits.

This revival will be directed by Thom Southerland, who staged a critically hailed, small-scale production at London’s Southwark Playhouse in 2013.

Titanic features a score by Maury Yeston (Nine) and a book by Peter Stone (1776, Woman of the Year). The original Broadway production was greeted with mixed reviews when it opened in 1997 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, but positive word of mouth bolstered its box office. It won five Tony Awards including Best Musical and ran for 805 performances. The original cast included future Tony winners Michael Cerveris (Assassins) and Victoria Clarke (The Light in the Piazza) as well as David Garrison (Married with Children), Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek, Smash), and Becky Ann Baker (Good People).

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