Good news for theater lovers. New lavish shipboard production shows are making comeback, especially at Princess.
Princess Cruises has introduced two new Broadway-style stage shows and they’re getting super reviews from guests. There’s “Born to Dance,” the newest show to debut in partnerships with Stephen Schwartz and “Encore,” based on the highly popular opera performance “Bravo”.
“Princess audiences are mesmerized by our high caliber, Broadway-style shows,” said Denise Saviss, vice president, entertainment experience for Princess Cruises. “As part of our ‘Come Back New Promise,’ providing guests enriching vacation experiences through enhanced onboard product offerings, ‘Born to Dance’ and ‘Encore’ deliver engaging experiences, ultimately creating lifelong memories for our guests.”
“Born to Dance”
Created in partnership with triple-threat award winner Stephen Schwartz, composer of “Wicked,” “Godspell,” and “Pippin,” “Born to Dance” is the second offering in Princess’s exclusive partnership. “Born to Dance” is a tribute to Broadway’s greatest choreography.
Princess audiences get a glimpse of what it takes to be a dancer, the highs and lows and that driving need to dance brought to life by some of Broadway’s most famous hits including “West Side Story,” “A Chorus Line,” “Chicago” and more.
Overseeing the creative development of four brand new shows for Princess Cruises, Schwartz brings together an illustrious team of Broadway talent to support the productions through direction and design. “Born to Dance” is created and directed by Daniel C. Levine from Broadways’ “Les Misérables” and “Mamma Mia!” and is now showing aboard Golden Princess, Grand Princess and Star Princess. Additional talent includes costume design by six time Tony Award® winner William Ivey Long, musical arrangement by Bryan Perri, conductor for Broadway’s Wicked, choreography by Al Blackstone from the hit show So You Think You Can Dance, and scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt.
Celebrating the cruise line’s legacy of original entertainment created in-house, “Encore” is inspired by the cruise line’s top-rated show “Bravo” and accompanied by a live orchestra.
“Encore” pays homage to the traditions of pop, opera and musical theater. Showcasing new songs performed by a true soprano guest artist, the show is conceived, directed and choreographed by American Idol’s Danny Teeson. Musical direction is led by Academy Award arranger Nelson Kole and set design by Emmy winner John Iacovelli.
Coral Princess, Island Princess and Sea Princess are currently showing “Encore,” with Royal Princess the next ship to receive the show in December.
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