Back then, though, it was not unusual for me to purchase a
True, my wife accepted my nerd-like hobbies before we married. But thank goodness a national tour of "Titanic" had confirmed a visit within months at the
That one, we certainly did not miss.
I mention that bit of family background just so I can add that the present Lubbock Moonlight Musical production of "Titanic" -- even produced outdoors -- is just as good, if not better, than the professional show that toured only the country's largest cities.
In other words, every time Moonlight Musicals seems to set the bar higher (say, this summer with "South Pacific"), an entire theater company soon arrives, already on the same page, determined to make audiences smile, shed a tear and, most of all, care about lives lost to human pride and class prejudice.
This is a play -- beautifully lit, sung and acted -- that uses its honesty to haul visitors back to an era only slightly more than a century ago, when a new, so-called unsinkable ship is expected to make the trip from
Not so much for the passengers it carries, but rather for the mail that is only mentioned once or twice.
The fuel pushing many passengers, of only varied importance to the ship's crew, is dreams.
Consider, for example, beautiful harmonies set by "the three Kates" in third class, no longer settling for a husband giving orders.
Even before settled into steerage, they're willing to sing of futures they can feel.
The orchestra, some 17 pieces, must have been chosen one-by-one by music director
Taylor nags like someone used to having his way. But some of his best scenes are wordless, his guilt and cowardice both obvious after he somehow sneaks aboard a lifeboat reserved for women and children.
Speaking of realism, a totally unexpected scream emerging from one of the lifeboats creates chills.
Mass harmonies are nothing short of gorgeous, making the cast sound even larger by coming from so many directions.
Still, I saved the names of three actors because, while their ensemble work is superb, each has memorable individual moments.
Burge also impresses throughout, and it is not unusual to discover Bride and Barrett singing together, at times leading the fleet.
Think "The Night Was Alive" and especially "Fare-Thee-Well."
The decision to allow survivors and the dead to sing a reprise of "Godspeed Titanic" together is almost as eerie as learning why there were too few lifeboats, and how more than 1,500 souls could go down with their ship an hour away from land.
This is incredible theater, not to be missed.
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