DID YOU KNOW: there is an award-winning musical about the sinking of the Titanic? “Titanic: The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone, opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 23, 1997 - though it would rapidly be overshadowed by James Cameron’s film as the most important Titanic-related entertainment of the year.
Yeston and Stone’s show portrays the passengers and crew of Titanic very respectfully, and does not go out of its way in an effort to incite controversy. For the most part, the show is historically accurate - and featured remarkable technical engineering, including the installation of a hydraulic lift beneath the stage to allow the stage to pitch and yaw to represent the angle of the sinking ship.
“Titanic” won every Tony Award it was nominated for - including “Best Musical,” but closed as a financial loss in March of 1999 after 804 performances.