In Titanic, most people think of Jack and Rose’s love story. But everyone on the ship had a personal drama, choices and dreams. That’s what Titanic the Musical is all about, which can be seen in the theater from November.
“It’s incredibly interesting to look at that,” says protagonist Renee Van Couten, who plays ship designer Thomas Andrews, in a conversation with the National Ports Agency. “So the people are the story and the ship is the place.”
The show premiered on Broadway 25 years ago and the song will return to Holland in the fall. Titanic the Musical tells the story of the huge cruise ship Titanic, which left the English port of Southampton on April 10, 1912, to sail for New York. There were 1,301 passengers and 941 crew members on board. The musical tells the story of six men working on board the ship and three girls who want to immigrate to America.
Society in miniature
Most people know about the movie version of Titanic, but the musical is based on the book. “The movie is actually the romantic version of the story,” says Mariska Van Kulk, who plays Ida Strauss. “I’m not going to be on the bow of the ship, no. The musical tells the story of the people who were on the ship.”
“You see all kinds of people, from the poor to the rich. Everyone has their problems and dreams,” Van Couten says. “It’s actually a microcosm that existed on the Titanic,” Van Kulk adds. “It’s about young people who hope to get a job in the United States and make money. You see courage, hope and dreams. But also fear: whoever gets a place on a lifeboat.”
The audience will be very well known, believes Van Kulk, who previously appeared in the musical Cesc de Rath, Chicago and the musical Tina. “You are always aware of something in the facts. The hope of the people who go to the Promised Land. The anger when it comes to the arrogance of the captain to sail faster and this is permitted,” she cites as examples.
The original musical won five Tony Awards in 1997, considered one of the most important musical awards. Van Coutin, who has played roles in Les Misérables, Aida and Evita, among other things, isn’t feeling much pressure. “It really became a new project, so you can’t compare it to each other,” he says. “I’m excited.”