This show was about a very real tragedy, so we were sort of prepared for how sad it would be. But not really. It was still a very sad ending, although the writers tried to put in moments of beauty and heroism and even some comic relief. The music was at times ebullient and full of anticipation and other times lyrical and sentimental. The singers in the cast had incredible voices. Although it was billed as musical theater, it was actually more like opera because so much of it was sung and it was so tragic.
But I have to say that the real star of the show was the set. How the scenic designers came up with the concept of how to build a "ship" set for theater in the round that the audience could see into the various decks, from the crow's nest and bridge, to the Grand Salon in First Class, down to the boiler rooms in the lowest depths was incredible. The engineers who designed and synchronized all of those moving parts deserve some kind of award nomination!