“Titanic,” the 1997 musical that was slated for a Broadway revival this fall until a lack of an available theater postponed the production, will receive a staging from Griffin Theatre Company in October, the company said on Tuesday.
The musical with a score by Maury Yeston ("Nine") and a book by Peter Stone ("1776") is not based on the Academy Award-winning James Cameron film.
Notably, the last time “Titanic” was seen in a professional production in Chicago was in 1999, when the first national tour played the Civic Opera House, a massive Loop theater that seats 3,563 people.
Griffin’s production, directed by Scott Weinstein with musical direction by Elizabeth Doran, will play the comparatively modest Theater Wit, a three-stage complex in Lakeview where each space has a seating capacity of about 100.
“Titanic” has, in the years since the tour, been reworked to suit more intimate theaters. Griffin will perform this newer version of the musical, which has previously played in Ithaca, NY and London. The new orchestrations are by Ian Weinberger.
Performances of “Titanic” begin at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., on October 18 and run through Dec. 7. Tickets go on sale August 1 at theaterwit.org.