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“Titanic: The Musical” sets sail from Jenkintown

Jenkintown Music Theatre is set to debut "Titanic: The Musical" on March 31-April 8, 2017 at Jenkintown High School.

“Titanic: The Musical” sets sail from Jenkintown

Jenkintown Music Theatre is busy preparing for the debut of “Titanic: The Musical” on March 31 and continuing through April 8, 2017 at Jenkintown High School.

Courtesy: Jenkintown Music Theatre

The musical, with music and lyrics by Maury Yetson,  first premiered on Broadway in 1997 and won

five Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical. According to the JMT website, the “epic musical features a romantic, beautiful score, and tells the tragic tale of the doomed White Star Line ship and its passengers.” 

Click here for a preview of the show.

During a recent interview, JMT director Deb Schrager told me, unlike the movie version which told the tale of fictional characters Jack and Rose, the stage performance focuses on real passengers including Harry and George Widener of Elkins Park. The father and son lost their lives when the ocean liner RMS Titanic sunk in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912. 

“The playwrights and authors have concentrated on the individual human stories and brings it down to a very personal human level and in that way brings out the impact this enormous tragedy had on human beings,” said cast member Paul Ellis. 

JMT musical director Emily Ballentine Erb says as a teen she first fell in love with the musical because of its score. “The most special thing about the score is that it’s such beautiful, powerful music –from the opening soaring intervals and lines…when people are seeing this amazing ship for the first time to the very end when its a very different emotion,” said Ballentine Erb. 

Performances will be at Jenkintown High School on the following dates and times: 

Friday, March 31st at 8:00pm

Saturday, April 1st at 3:00pm

Sunday, April 2nd at 3:00pm

Friday, April 7th at 8:00pm

Saturday, April 8th at 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Tickets can be purchased at

Jenkintown Music Theatre began in 1945, as a way to raise funds for the Jenkintown School District Home and School Association. 


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