The alternative Titanic musical choose your own songs


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Yeah, I know, a complete rip-off of the "Insert movie lines..." thread.

"You Keep Me Hanging On" by Kim Wilde
- Rose to anyone at any time she's hanging off the ship. Which seems to be quite often.

"I Saw Her Again Last Night" by the Mamas and the Papas
- Jack taunting Cal after the Irish party.

"Message In A Bottle" by the Police
- Phillips and Bride duet, singing Sending out an SOS.

"I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany
- Rose lying on a plank in the sea, having just "never let go" of Jack.

"Making Your Mind Up" by Buck's Fizz
- Rose, in a bit of a quandry of whether to jump out of the lifeboat or not. The famous whipping off the skirts done by the Fizz girls can be re-enacted as Rose catches her dress.

Well, it's a start....
 

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Here we go then...

"(You Say It Best) When You Say Nothing At All" by Ronan Keating
- Jack Phillips to Cyril Evans, when asking the latter to "keep out - I'm working Cape Race."

"Steamy Windows" by Tina Turner
- The infamous in-car snogging scene between Jack and Rose.

"SOS" by ABBA
- Anytime, really, after the iceberg.

"Going Down Slowly" by the Pointer Sisters.
- Ditto.

"These Dreams" by Heart
The scene as "old Rose" drifts off to sleep at the end of the film.

"Flat Out" by Buck Dharma
- J. Bruce Ismay to Capt. Smith, asking him to light the last boilers in an attempt - allegedly - to break Olympic's crossing time. (I'm cheating slightly: this is the title of a solo album by the lead guitarist of Blue Oyster Cult, and not a song title per se. But what the heck.)

That'll more than do for now.
 

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I'll Add:

"Who Do You Think You Are!!!" (a mid-70s song; performed by the same group that wrote "Billy! Don't Be a Hero!!")
- Cal & Ruth to Jack, or Andrews and Smith to Ismay

For real shmaltz:
"Close to You", by the Carpenters
- Cal imagines all the women in 1st Class are singing to him

To have some fun:
"Conga", by the Miami Sound Machine
- For the 3rd Class Party Scene

"Tell Her About It", by Billy Joel:
- Fabirizio, Tommy, and others to Jack: advice about Rose

also,
"Uptown Girl"
- Jack's tribute to Rose

Now all I have to do is think of a way to incorporate "Y-M-C-A" into the storyline; kind of hard to imagine Colonel Gracie and others in 1st Class doing the "letters routine". Perhaps the members of the crew, or some of the 3rd class passengers can do it, instead.

My musical would be best used in a Leslie Nielsen-type parody.
 
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John, say that 3rd-class men are doing a Village People-like dance on the forward welldeck as the 'berg comes sliding by and drops a load of ice shards on the deck. Instead of them singing the letters Y-M-C-A, they use the letters B-E-R-G.
 
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"The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"
Marianne Faithfull
Rose hanging over the taffrail as Jack saves her from jumping.

"I'm A Jerk/Anorexic Love"
The Jitters (Seattle band circa 1980)
Cal/Rose after Cal upsets the breakfast table after Rose's 'steerage dance' from the night before.

"I'm Just A Girl Who Can't Say No"
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The famous Renault scene

"Teenage Whore"
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Cal to Rose when she spits in his face at the lifeboat

"Shut Your F*cking Face, Uncle F*cker"
South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut
-- Murdoch to Ismay on the bridge after striking the berg.

"Sometimes You Just Can't Win"
Linda Ronstadt
As the stern fantail goes under.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Dinah Shore
Jack to Rose as he freezes to death in the water, post-sinking.
 

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Duet for Bruce Ismay and William Carter as they enter the lifeboat. "Money, money money! It's a rich man's world!"
 
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I'm taking a break from raising and chasing purchase orders cuz I've got a splitting headache:

"Into The Groove" by Madonna
- Lovejoy falling into the 'split'

"Cell Block Tango" from Chicago
- Old Rose, recalling how Cal put a pistol in his mouth in '29, jabbing her finger as she belts out "He had it coming! He had it coming! He only had himself to blame!"

"Last Time I Saw Him" by Diana Ross
- Ta ta Jack.

"Where Is The Love?" by the Black-Eyed Peas
- A bemused Cal to Lovejoy just before his Rambo-stylee shooting spree

"Together We Are Beautiful" by Fern Kinney
- Cal to himself in the mirror, as he peers over Rose's shoulder in the putting-on-of-the-necklace scene

"Let's Wait Awhile" by Janet Jackson
- Irish mommy to her two kids

"There's A Barbarian In The Back Of My Car" by Voice of the Beehive
- William Carter (even though you don't see him) complaining to the two crewmen with torches, talking about Rose of course

"Crash" by the Primitives
- Fabrizio being tenderised by the falling funnel

OK, headache's a bit better.
 

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"Danger Zone", by Kenny Loggins (TOP GUN Soundtrack)
- Beginning of voyage ("Revin' up your engines....") or ship approaching the icefields.
 

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"A Ticket To Ride" by the Beatles
-Jack, when he wins that final hand of poker.

"Sailing" by Rod Stewart
-plenty of places where this can go, possibly E.J.Smith during the "Take her to sea Mr Murdoch" scene

"We Are Family" by the Pointer Sisters
-Rose's mother lecturing Rose on the importance to their family of marrying Cal

"I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash
-the lookouts, one split second before they spot the berg

"Dance Little Lady Dance" by Tina Charles
-Jack to Rose, during the 3rd class party

"Another Frozen Orange Juice" by Peter Sarstedt (sp?)
-Cal ordering a replacement for the one he sent flying all over the place, together with the rest of the breakfast table, in his argument with Rose

"Simply the best" by Tina Turner
-Ismay, bragging about his newest vessel
 
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"Y-M-C-A" can be the closing number for the show, when all the victims are gathered on the Grand Staricase in Old Rose's dream / dying in her sleep scene. Instead, they'll be doing "J-A-C-K!" or "R-O-S-E!"

"Rubber Bullets" by 10cc
- I'm NOT going to say the M word.

"The Long and Winding Road" by the Beatles
- Jack and Rose hurrying along Scotland Road after "That's White Star Loigne Prawperdy!" scene

"Truly (in this case Trudy) Scrumptious" from Mary Poppins (?)
- Lovejoy to Trudy Bolt on a walk on deck in the moonlight

"Shaddapaya Face" by Joe Dolce
- Fabrizio (of course) to the officer who asks if they've been through the inspection queue

"I'm In The Mood For Dancing" by the Nolans
- Lovejoy to Cal, on seeing how great a time Rose was having in steerage. "Shall we...?"

"I Feel The Earth Move" by Martika
- the "I thought I felt a shudder" woman coming out of her cabin in first class to the passing steward. You know, the woman dressed like King Louis XV. What sort of parties were going in HER room, I wonder?

"Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS
- Jack and Rose plunged into the sea after Titanic sinks OR the stern and the bow of Titanic about to snap in half
 

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Never mind yer aul' pop - how about the Classics?

Dese were class-see people, back den!

The Top Ten in the Wallace Hartley Charts:

1. Nessun Dorma (None shall sleep) - Turandot.

2. Che Gelida Manina (Your tiny hand is frozen) - La Boheme.

3. O Mio Babbino Caro! (Oh my dear father!) - Gianni Schichi

4. L'Amour Est un Oiseau Rebelle (Love is a rebellious bird!) - Carmen

5. Vesti La Giubba (Put on the white garment) - I Pagliacci

6. La Donna e Mobile (women are fickle - and certainly more mobile in getting into the boats) -Rigoletto

7. Cielo e Mar (Heaven and Sea) - La Gioconda

8. E Lucevan Le Stelle (The stars were gleaming)- Tosca.

9. Vissi d'Arte (I lived for my art - specially for the little charcoal-sketcher himself) - also from Tosca.

10.Pourquoi Me Reveiller (Why wake me?) - Werther.

Leaving aside all the usual gags about playing Handel's "water music" - that one's in the movie, I think... eine kleine nachtmusik, etc.

Must be gazillions of others.
 

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Never mind yer aul' pop - how about the Classics?
Dese were class-see people, back den!

Which means we deal with a vengeful princess, someone about to die of tuberculosis, another one who threatens to drown herself if she can't marry her lover, a "love 'em then leave them" wanderer, a jealous husband, two noblemen who fail to recognize the women who truly love them (and choose to sacrifice their lives for them), an artist whose love of a jealous woman will cost them their lives, and a dying poet whose love chose to marry another.
Yep, those poor souls in First Class will be depressed, for sure.

In the meantime, "the real party", in 3rd Class features:
"Jump In the Line (Shake , Shake Senora)", by Harry Belafonte (from the BEETLEJUICE Soundtrack; if that song was not meant as a tribute to Carmen Miranda, it should have been).
 

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In the meantime, "the real party", in 3rd Class features:
"Jump In the Line (Shake , Shake Senora)", by Harry Belafonte (from the BEETLEJUICE Soundtrack; if that song was not meant as a tribute to Carmen Miranda, it should have been).
- Jack would be doing the singing, to Rose's dances, which, imitating the song's lyrics, would truly give Cal and Ruth ulcers.
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I'd also have some of the crewmembers doing a routine to "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)", even if we have to change the lyrics somewhat (stoking coal, making meals, even rowing the boats).
 
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