PSA: Titanic The Musical Returns to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater This Fall!

From the morning’s email inbox!

As you may have read, we recently had to cancel 15 sold-out performances of Titanic The Musical due to break-through cases of COVID-19 within the cast and crew.

Although we take extensive measures to ensure we can continue to perform safely including testing frequently and engaging increased numbers of understudies, we unfortunately had a breakout affecting the majority of the cast. Luckily for us, as seems to be the case with the vast majority of people during this current spike, our cases appear to be relatively short-lived and mild.

We know how much our audiences looked forward to seeing this magnificent production, which was one of the finest of my career and garnered unanimous rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Nearly 10,000 tickets went to waste and we heard from many of you about how disappointed you were when we had to cancel.

As we never want to disappoint, I’m pleased to share that we will be bringing Titanic The Musical back this fall for a limited five-week run!

This extraordinary company of artists cannot wait to return to finish this epic journey with you. With the addition of Titanic to the fall schedule, we will be postponing our previously planned production of Ragtime to a future season.

Tickets for Titanic are currently only available to our 2022/23 Subscribers. If you wish to secure your tickets to Titanic now, please contact our Ticket Office at 414-224-9490 about Season Ticket packages – we have options for every budget. Otherwise individual tickets for Titanic will go on sale later this summer.

We anticipate our phones will be very busy with questions, so we please ask for your patience as our Ticket Office staff does their best to get through as many calls as fast as possible.

Thank you for your incredible support and continued generosity for Milwaukee Rep,

Mark Clements,

Artistic Director


COVID Cases Cause Cancellation of Remaining “Titanic” Performances at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

From my social media feeds this afternoon:

As a result of breakthrough COVID-19 cases within the cast, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining performances of “Titanic The Musical.” Even with understudies and swings, given the number of people that have tested positive, we no longer have enough performers to stage the show. Due to artist availability, we are unable to extend the production. We know this is deeply disappointing news not only for our patrons but for the hundreds of Rep employees that have worked so hard on this production.

All “Titanic” tickets for performances this week will be automatically refunded. If you have any questions please contact the Ticket Office at tickets@milwaukeerep.com or 414-224-9490. Thank you for understanding.

Mark Clements “Titanic The Musical” Returns Spectacle To The Milwaukee Repertory Theater!

Given the pedigree of Titanic The Musical…five Tony Awards…Mark Clements could do no wrong bringing it to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Quadracci Main Stage. Given the size of the cast and the numerous scene changes, this is a daunting production to stage and Clements made use of every inch of the Quadracci thrust stage.

And as I mentioned in the headline, this play is Spectacle. So where ever you are seated, don’t blink or you are going to miss something. And make sure the swivel in your neck is full on because in the ensemble pieces, there is action all across the stage. So it’s easy to focus on the spotlighted actor at every opportunity, but don’t forget to sweep across the stage with your eyes to make sure you take in everything that is going on. The Titanic is after all the biggest moving object of its time!

Clements needs to be applauded on the blocking and staging of this complex play. The cast seems to move effortless around each other whether during the gala and festive dining and dancing scenes, the many ensemble singing numbers, and of course the attempts to organize the evacuation of the ship during its sinking. Bravo!

But the unsung heroes here are really the scenic designer, Tim Mackabee, who’s simple (and quite mobile) but identifiable settings let us know where we were in the ship. The beautiful formal dining room, the bridge with the dramatic wheel, the various deck scenes, to the dance set, to glimpses into the first class suites as the crew wake the guests on that fateful night. And my favorite set: the radio room with the ghosts of old radio equipment and the clack clack clack of the telegraph was just quaintly defining of that older era of communications.

And the other miracle worker here is Alexander B. Tecoma, who is the costume designer. Given the size of the cast, the number of different scenic locales, and the period more than a 100 years ago, the costuming was just right and completely evocative of the time and the class differences. Something to see on its own.

And back to the characters who make up the story line of the play. Emma Rose Brooks is simply phenomenal as the Irish lass, Kate McGowan, She is determined, sure of herself, a bit wronged in the Old Country, and is set to make it right in America. One of the cleverest characters is Alice, played to the hilt by Lillian Castillo! She is sure that we are now in a new world of a classless society and she is determined to meet and greet and hobnob with the rich and famous who reside in first class. So her sometimes successful attempts provide a bit of humor as the steward tries everything possible to show her the ‘door’!

Brian Krinsky plays Jim Farrell, another Irishman heading for the new world. He doesn’t quite know what to make of Kate McGowan at first, but agrees to marry her nonetheless when SHE asks HIM!

And despite the number of romantic stories told here, maybe the most enduring…well certainly…they’ve been married 40 years…involves Philip Hoffman as Isidor Straus and Carrie Hitchcock as Ida Straus…his love match and equal in life…an endearing couple still very much in love!

But watch for Lainey Techtmann if you are fortunate to have her in your production of the play. She was Tiny Tim in last year’s A Christmas Carol and her smooth movements and antics around her parents and crew and fellow passengers will thrill your heart. She certainly has some professional chops already for someone who’s only in third grade!

So…Titanic The Musical runs from now through May 14, 2022. Here is the link for more information and to order tickets on line. There are a few other items to enjoy at that link including some short videos with the cast and director.

Extra credit reading: The PROGRAM The PLAYGUIDE and the COVID Updates at the Rep.

P.S. You will be handed a ‘boarding pass’ on entry. You can use the printed QR code to see if your passenger survived or not with a bit of back story at a kiosk in the lobby.

photo by Ed Heinzelman

all photos courtesy of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater except where noted.