by Kevin Walsh

FORGOTTEN NY fan Kyle Supley found this quite faded ad for Titanic the Musical in a Park Fast lot at #305 West 44th, west of 8th Avenue. Of course I am familiar with the James Cameron epic 1997 film Titanic, which made box office stars of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, but I completely blanked on Titanic the Musical, which opened the same year at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater and ran over 800 performances before closing in 1999, racking up five Tony Awards. Not being a theatre fan (my last time on Broadway was in 1994 to see Patrick Stuart’s one-man A Christmas Carol) I didn’t recognize any of the actors, save for David Costabile, who played Mike Wagner, Bobby Axelrod’s right hand man on Billions.

A look at Street View reveals that this wall has been uncovered for at least 10 years, but the ad had been “blackwashed” and the paint has worn off sufficiently so that the ad is once again visible.

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Saima July 12, 2022 - 9:57 pm

I saw a casting notice for this just today (regional in Wisconsin, though.) And then I saw this article an hour later.

Sunnysider July 12, 2022 - 11:59 pm

Sounds like something Mel Brooks might have had a field day with.

Iceberg straight ahead!

I told you before sailor, it’s Goldberg! The name is GOLDberg!

Mike July 13, 2022 - 7:08 am

One of my my last visits to a Broadway theater was for Patrick Stewart’s herculean one man effort in “A Christmas Carol” also. Afterwards, we went to the Sign of the Dove restaurant on Third avenue for a late dinner. A great show and a tremendous meal still remembered after all these years.

Nicole July 15, 2022 - 6:19 pm

If IRC, both Titanics were plagued by being well over budget and delays. The general consensus was that both would be spectacular failures. But haha, lookit how both turned out

Kenneth Buettner August 8, 2022 - 12:08 pm

I’ve seen a lot of plays and musicals over the past sixty years or so. Some of them were great and some were terrible. I saw Titanic, the musical, and it is on my list of the worst five ever.
To this day, I cannot forget a horrible number that memorialized the telegraph operator sending out the distress signal. The actors were singing something like “Dot, Dot, Dot, Dash, Dash, Dash, Dot, Dot, Dot”, which was the Morse Code for SOS. It has to rank among the worst, and most tasteless, productions of all time.


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