Musical ‘Titanic’ Charts a Course for Toronto, then Broadway

Producers of 'Chicago' and 'Pippin' among the crew steering the 1997 tuner into a New York port

Barry and Fran Weissler, the producers behind the Broadway revivals “Chicago” and “Pippin,” have teamed up with Canuck theater owner-producer David Mirvish to captain a revival of 1997 Broadway musical “Titanic,” in a production that launches this summer in Toronto ahead of a planned Broadway berth in the fall.

The 1997 musical by Maury Yeston (“Nine,” “Grand Hotel”) and Peter Stone (“Curtains,” “1776,” “The Will Rogers Follies”) is unrelated to James Cameron’s 1997 movie hit, although the tuner’s original Rialto run coincided with the pic’s release. That initial engagement lasted two years and netted five Tonys, but the musical — which at $10 million was one of the priciest ever staged at the time — never managed to recoup.

Thom Southerland, who helmed a well-received, scaled-down London staging of “Titanic” last year, directs the new production of the show, which chronicles the final hours of a group of passengers aboard the ill-fated ship.

Production will play a pre-Broadway tryout at Mirvish’s Royal Alexandra Theater in Toronto July 21-Aug. 31, ahead of a fall Broadway opening with an exact theater and date still to be announced. Casting, creative team and other details also remain to be locked in.

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