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‘Titanique’ the musical review: Off-Broadway ‘Titanic’ parody is what your summer needs

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They called “Titanique” the show of dreams. Fever dreams. And it was, it really was.

The off-Broadway cuckoo camp-fest at the Asylum in Chelsea is, by a nautical mile, the funniest musical in town right now and is built on an unsinkable idea: It tells the story of the 1997 movie “Titanic” using the songs of French-Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion. 


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One hour, 40 minutes with no intermission. At Asylum NYC, 307 West 26th St.

It’s scandaleux that no one has ever thought of this mashup before. 

After all, no singer is more closely tied to a (non-musical) movie of this scale than Celine is to James Cameron’s “Titanic” — the two feed off each other — and the rest of her popular catalog has the same emotional heft and theatrical narratives as the Oscar-winning film’s signature song “My Heart Will Go On.”   

And co-writers Marla Mindelle, Constantine Rousouli and Tye Blue cleverly toss in a boatload of ’em wherever they can.

When Jack and Rose first meet on deck, as Rose is considering throwing herself overboard, they sing a duet of “Taking Chances.”

“What do you say to taking chances? What do you say to jumping off the edge?” they go. Perfection.

The basement of the Asylum was turned into the Titanic for a new off-Broadway parody.
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As the captain, hilariously only referred to as Victor Garber, an Irish-inflected Frankie Grande bops through “I Drove All Night” as he pushes the doomed ship to go faster and faster. 

The Unsinkable Molly Brown, played by Kathy Deitch, after surviving the tragedy, belts “All By Myself”: “Those days are goooone!”

The situation has become beyond bonkers by the time Jaye Alexander as the Iceberg wails “River Deep, Mountain High” in a neon blue flapper wig and forces the other characters to “Lip Sync For Your Lifeboats.”

But the most inspired choice is making Celine — as strange as she is talented — the main character of a story that is in no way about her.

Celine (Mindelle) pops up, hilariously, at unexpected times.
Celine (Marla Mindelle) pops up, hilariously, at unexpected times.
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Outrageously funny Mindelle plays Celine as an omniscient narrator who, we learn during a Titanic museum tour at the start, is actually 150 years old and was onboard the ship with our favorite characters. Sure!

She pops in every so often to gloriously upstage other characters.

Mindelle’s performance is a sensational, hilarious and deranged turn that rises above a 2 a.m. Las Vegas impression. Yes, if you are a big Celine fan like, ahem, a certain tabloid newspaper critic is, you’ll howl at the actress’ borrowed Celine-isms from old viral YouTube videos and banter from the “A New Day Live” album. But the performance — conversational, occasionally improvised and quite affectionate — is more than mockery.

Most impressively, the actress somehow recreates Dion’s superstar energy in a low-budget show performed in a basement full of pillars that smell of Ajax. Whenever she comes onstage, the audience is giddy to see her. 

From left to right: Ryan Duncan, Kathy Deitch, Marla Mindelle and John Riddle are as good of singers as they are comics.
From left to right: Ryan Duncan, Kathy Deitch, Marla Mindelle and Frankie Grande are as good of singers as they are comics.
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Stage movie parodies have been around for years, but what makes “Titanique” work so well is the million-dollar elevator pitch — “Titanic” told through Celine songs! — and the talent of the cast, all of whom are as strong of singers as they are comedians. 

Every role is given a new spin. Rousouli plays Jack as an aw-shucks dumb hunk, which pairs well with Alex Ellis’ agonized Jan Brady-style Rose. John Riddle’s Cal is Billy Zane if Billy Zane went to Fire Island, and Ryan Duncan turns Ruth, Rose’s uptight mom, into a Joan Crawford who’s just spotted a wire hanger.

All of them made made me smile straight to the end, which, well, did not happen during the film “Titanic.” Director Tye Blue’s staging, kitschy as it must be, is also substantial and oddly grand for a venue that hosted a comedy night minutes after “Titanique” ended.

What the show could use is one paralyzing musical moment, sans humor, that knocks us over. It comes awfully close with a gorgeous full-cast rendition of “The Prayer,” which Dion often duets with Andrea Bocelli — I even saw one audience member clutch his heart during it — but then it cuts off abruptly. A moment of serenity, here and there, would make the laughs even bigger.

Yet, as it is, “Titanique” is the ideal commercial off-Broadway show. It knows who its audience is — the sort of people who choose to listen to the eight-minute version of “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” and then click replay — and works hard to shamelessly entertain them.    

Right now, the musical plays through Sept. 25. But must it sink so soon?

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Mandy Moore shares her first day back at work on Dr. Death set after giving birth to second child

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Mandy Moore shared that she was back on set following an extended maternity leave after giving birth to her second baby Ozzie.

The This Is Us star, 38, shared a cute selfie with her co-star Edgar Ramirez, 45, while on set of Peacock’s hit series Dr. Death, which is now filming its second season, with a new medical malpractice plotline.

‘Day 1 in the can. #drdeath,’ the star captioned the snap shared with her 5.5M followers. 

Back on set! Mandy Moore, 38, shared that she was back on set after giving birth to her second child, as she posted a cute selfie with her co-star Edgar Ramirez, 45, on set of Dr. Death

The singer and actress looked chic as ever in the photo, wearing a Canada Goose parka and flashing a bright smile at the camera.

Meanwhile Edgar – who was holding the camera – was dapper in a brown coat and sported a meticulously styled beard. 

The entertainer also took to her Stories to show off her stylish outfit in a mirror snap with the caption: ‘First day of work.’  

Back at it: The entertainer also took to her Stories to show off her stylish outfit in a mirror snap with the caption: 'First day of work'

Back at it: The entertainer also took to her Stories to show off her stylish outfit in a mirror snap with the caption: ‘First day of work’ 

The proud mom-of-two also shared an adorable Story as she took a walk with her two kids: one and a half year old Gus and Ozzie, whom she welcomed on October 21.

‘2 under 2.’ she wrote on the adorable snap which saw the boys in their respective strollers and Mandy bundled up in a plaid coat.  

Moore shares her two boys with husband Taylor Goldsmith, 37. The two have been married since 2018.

It comes after Moore revealed she’s ‘relishing’ her longer maternity leave with Ozzie – after rushing back to work following Gus’ birth.

'2 under 2': The proud mom-of-two also shared an adorable Story as she took a walk with her two kids: one and a half year old Gus and Ozzie, whom she welcomed on October 21

‘2 under 2’: The proud mom-of-two also shared an adorable Story as she took a walk with her two kids: one and a half year old Gus and Ozzie, whom she welcomed on October 21

She admitted last month that she didn’t get the chance to ‘hunker down’ with first son Gus, returning to work on This Is Us a month after his March 2021 birth.

Speaking to Parents Magazine, she said: ‘To be able to close out this really seminal chapter of my life with This Is Us this past May and take this time now to kind of just hunker down and be a family, it’s something I didn’t get to experience with Gus. I’m relishing this time.’

‘Again, especially around the holidays, it’s so fun and it’s the perfect excuse to just stay home and be cozy and get my feet underneath me and figure out how to operate in this new chapter.

However, she will now make her TV return as Benita Alexander – while Ramirez will play Paolo Macchiarini – in the second season of Dr. Death, which is based on the third season of the Wondery podcast of the same name.

New baby: Last month the star revealed she's 'relishing' her longer maternity leave with Ozzie - after rushing back to work following first son Gus' birth

New baby: Last month the star revealed she’s ‘relishing’ her longer maternity leave with Ozzie (pictured) – after rushing back to work following Gus’ birth

Family: Moore shares her two boys with husband Taylor Goldsmith, 37. The two have been married since 2018

Family: Moore shares her two boys with husband Taylor Goldsmith, 37. The two have been married since 2018

Season two will follow Macchiarini ‘a charming surgeon renowned for his innovative operations that earn him the nickname “Miracle Man.” When investigative journalist Benita Alexander approaches him for a story, the line between personal and professional begins to blur, changing her life forever,’ according to Variety.

‘As she learns how far Paolo will go to protect his secrets, a group of doctors halfway across the world make shocking discoveries of their own that call everything about the “Miracle Man” into question.’

The first season of Dr. Death, was based on the true story of Christopher Duntsch (played by Joshua Jackson), a neurosurgeon who became infamous for mutilating his patients. The negligent neurosurgeon killed two of his patients during surgery and maimed nearly three dozen others. 

There is currently no release date for the new season of Dr. Death, though the expected air date is sometime in 2023. 

Dr. Death: She will make her TV return in the second season of Dr. Death. The first season was based on the true story of Christopher Duntsch (played by Joshua Jackson), a neurosurgeon who became infamous for mutilating his patients

Dr. Death: She will make her TV return in the second season of Dr. Death. The first season was based on the true story of Christopher Duntsch (played by Joshua Jackson), a neurosurgeon who became infamous for mutilating his patients

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Sharna Burgess Depends on Mom ‘A Lot’ With Her, Brian Austin Green’s Baby

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Celeb moms also need their mothers every once in a while! Sharna Burgess opened up about how her “mum” has been there for her after she and Brian Austin Green welcomed their son in July.

“How it started … how it’s going,” the Dancing With the Stars pro, 37, wrote via Instagram on Friday, December 2, alongside two sweet photos of her mom holding baby Zane.

“It really does take a village,” Burgess continued in her caption. “I have depended on my mum a lot these last few months and especially weeks with us moving house. Watching her be a Grandma to my son has been so beautiful. The memories and moments and sometimes unsolicited advice 😉 have all been exactly what I needed at the time.”

She added: “Mums just know things and I totally get that now. And she is LOVING her Grandma duties and her now big family filled with all the kids and all the animals and all the love,” concluding the emotional post by writing, “Deep gratitude for my Mums strength, ability and desire to move her whole life here to be with us. I love you Woo.”

Burgess’ fellow DWTS costar Sasha Farber appeared to appreciate the dancer’s sentiment, commenting, “❤️❤️❤️,” in the caption of the post.

The Australia native previously gave credit to her mom when gushing over her baby boy. “I now wholeheartedly understand everything my mother ever said to me about how a mother’s love is unlike any other,” Burgess wrote via Instagram in a post days after Zane’s birth. “You know, the whole ‘you’ll understand when you have kids’ thing parents say… I get it now.”

She concluded the heartfelt message with an emotional sentiment about her little one. “I will love him and worry for him to my last breath and beyond,” she penned. “Heaven is a place on earth and I have found it.”

While Burgess didn’t hesitate to praise her mother’s skills with her son in her latest upload, she previously opened up to Us Weekly about her own instincts as a new mom.

“You’re like, ‘What if I don’t know what to do? What if I don’t have an instinct? What if I drop him?’ You have all these insane, irrational fears,” she exclusively told Us in August about her worries before welcoming Zane. However, the Disney+ personality told Us, the “motherly instinct” kicks in. “And you just somehow know that to do,” she shared.

Burgess and Green, 49, have been dating since 2020. The Beverly Hills, 90210, alum is also dad to four more sons. He shares Kassius, 20, with ex Vanessa Marcil, and Noah, 10, Bodhi, 8, Journey, 6, with ex-wife Megan Fox.

The Transformers star, 36, came to visit her sons’ youngest half-sibling soon after his birth.

“She came in and got some Zane snuggle time,” Burgess exclusively told Us just weeks after delivering her baby boy. “Which was wonderful and really great to see.”



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