Earlier this year, I sat in an off-Broadway theater in New York City (which happened to be the former home of Amy Poehler’s improv comedy troop Upright Citizens Brigade and which also happened to be in the basement of a supermarket) and I prepared myself for one of the most talked-about musicals of 2022: Titanique.
The parody musical inspired by the 1997 James Cameron film was all I had been hearing about in friend circles, comedy circles and theatrical circles alike. The gist of the show? What if real-life person Celine Dion had actually been on the Titanic (the film version of course), and what if she narrated her story and the story of Jack and Rose? And what if the whole thing was set to Celine Dion music?
Sensical? Hardly. Ripe for a comedic nostalgia-fest? Absolutely.
As I clutched my surprisingly inexpensive white wine and surveyed the audience, I noticed something strange: Almost everyone there to see the show was about my age. It was a house packed full of millennials.