Although the musical -- one of the sillier holdouts from an era when theater was more, you know, theatrical -- is mostly exploited these days for its camp potential (see: The Book of Mormon
), it's still not quite dead as a study of human emotion, either. And although the idea of portraying serious drama through the lens of the old song-and-dance is a little weird on its own, it gets even weirder when that drama is based on reality. In honor of Titanic: The Musical
, making its debut in Boulder tonight with the CenterStage Theatre Company, here are five attempts (successful and not so much) to apply the chorus line to human tragedy.