“It’s incredibly interesting to look into this,” says protagonist René van Kooten, who plays ship designer Thomas Andrews, in a conversation with the ANP. “So the people are the story and the ship is the setting.”
The performance premiered on Broadway 25 years ago, and musical success will return to the Netherlands in the fall. Musical Titanic tells the story of the huge cruise ship the Titanic, who left the English port of Southampton on April 10, 1912 to sail to New York. On board were 1,301 passengers and 941 crew members. The story of the musical is told by six men who work on board and three girls who want to emigrate to America.
Almost everyone knows the movie version of Titanic, but the musical is based on the book. “The film is actually the romantic version of the story,” says Mariska van Kolck, who plays Ida Straus. “I’m not going to be in the bow, no. The musical tells more about the people who were on the boat.”
“You see all kinds of people, from the poor to the rich. Everyone has their own problems and their own dreams, ”says René. “It’s actually a miniature company that was on the Titanic,” Mariska adds. “These are young people who hope to make a career in the United States and make money. You see courage, hope, dreams. But also fear: who gets a place on one of the lifeboats. “
Recognition will be great among the audience, thinks Mariska, who has already been seen in the musical. Rat Ciske, Chicago at Musical bathtub. “You always recognize something in the intrigues. The hope of the people going to the Promised Land. The anger when it comes to the captain’s arrogance to sail much faster than was allowed,” he quotes -it as examples.
The original musical won five Tony Awards in 1997, which are considered the most important musical awards. René, who played roles, among others Wretched, Aida at Avoid, nevertheless feels little pressure. “It really has become a new project, so you can’t compare it with each other,” he says. “I’m excited.”
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