Splash-Hit Céline Dion-Fuelled Musical-Comedy 'Titanique' Is Making Its Australian Debut in Sydney

The laughs will go on at this off-Broadway award-winner, which is told through Dion's songs — and is finally making its maiden voyage Down Under.
Sarah Ward
Published on May 16, 2024

What if you were at a Titanic museum and Céline Dion was there? What if she was not only your narrator, but her songs accompanied the tale that she was telling? What if Titanic, the king of the boat-set blockbuster world, got an off-Broadway musical-comedy parody that went heavy on Dion, then? That's Titanique — and it's coming to Australia.

This amusing ode to James Cameron's (Avatar: The Way of Water) movie will dock in Sydney from September 2024 to make its Aussie debut. Nearing three decades since Titanic first splashed into cinemas, the film's status in popular culture will clearly go on. Near, far, wherever you are, you'll need to set sail for the Harbour City to see Titanique, which is playing an exclusive season at The Grand Electric in Surry Hills.

"I am so excited that Sydney will be the next stop on Titanique's international cruise. If you love Céline Dion, if you love the film Titanic and you love having a completely silly night out, then this show is for you. Titanique is a nonstop waterfall of pure joy that will literally melt your troubles away. I can't wait to see you there!" said Tye Blue (RuPaul's Drag Race), Titanique's director and co-writer.

"I am so thrilled that Titanique will make its maiden voyage to international waters in Sydney for its Australian debut, and I cannot wait to see that Aussie sense of humour embrace this hysterically funny nautical fantasia when it comes to life down under this September," added Titanique's original producer Eva Price.

Exact dates haven't yet been announced as yet, and neither has how long Titanique will dive back into the story of Jack and Rose — or who is stepping into Leonardo DiCaprio (Killers of the Flower Moon) and Kate Winslet's (The Regime) shoes.

It was back in 2017 that the show premiered in Los Angeles, and in 2022 that it set a course for off-Broadway. It also has berths in Toronto, Montreal and London in its future. So far, the production has three Lucille Lortel Awards to its name, plus two Dorian Awards and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical, among other gongs.

And as for the songs, co-writers Blue, Marla Mindelle (Sister Act) and Constantine Rousouli (Cruel Intentions) — with the latter two originally starring as Céline and Jack — have worked in everything from Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On', of course, to Where Does My Heart Beat Now' and 'A New Day Has Come'.

Titanique will play The Grand Electric, 199 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, Sydney from September 2024 — head to the show's website to register for updates, with tickets going on sale in June.

Images: Evan Zimmerman.

Published on May 16, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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