(Chris Jones’s article appeared in the Chicago Tribune, 10/27.)
No Broadway musical of the last two decades is more ill-served by a massive production than Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's “Titanic.” That might seem counterintuitive. The RMS Titanic was a behemoth floating on superlatives. The international obsession with the facts and minutiae of the 1912 wreck is singular in ubiquity and duration — we don't fuss over the menus or the band's repertoire for any other shipwreck. And just about every attempt to cash in on the ship-meets-iceberg narrative has been oversized, from the 1997 James Cameron movie to the Titanic Pigeon Forge museum that now sucks in Smoky Mountain tourists in Tennessee.