The Magic of Broadway on the New Seven Seas Explorer
Photo by Michael Schottey
It’s the magic of Broadway in the world-class luxury of a brand new cruise ship.
TravelPulse was allowed behind the scenes at the Norwegian Creative Studios to preview the entertainment planned for the launch of Seven Seas Explorer, the newest and most opulent cruise ship of the Regent fleet, due to set sail in July.
Previously known far more for its top-notch service and luxurious accommodations, Regent Seven Seas has tapped into the industry-leading and well-renowned team at Norwegian to develop four new live-staged musical and theatrical productions.
The team at Norwegian Creative is entirely made up of entertainment industry veterans who had previously made their living touring with some of the biggest Broadway shows on the planet. The casts are culled from all over the planet, comprising some of the most well-rounded talents imaginable. The costumes, set pieces, music and choreography would all seem just as much at home on London’s West End as in the Explorer’s new Constellation Theater.
Let me tell you: It will be fantastic.
The four show are as follows, from the company’s press release:
• “Peggy Lee” — An homage to the American jazz and popular music crooner, “Peggy Lee” explores her legendary career through memorable hits such as “Fever,” “The Freedom Train” and “You Gotta Have Heart.” This original show is flawlessly directed by William Whitener, who has performed, choreographed and directed for stages worldwide, including Broadway.
• “Burn the Floor” — This enthralling musical takes the audience back to Feb. 9, 1964 when Beatlemania and the British Invasion hit North America during the Sunday night Ed Sullivan Show. The cast dances and sings through this musical era with dances including The Jive, Swing, Fosse, Contemporary, The Madison and The Twist.
• “Paradis” — Featuring the finest in Parisian-style entertainment, Paradis is a bawdy burlesque blend of percolating dance, steamy song stylings and audacious costumes set to a heart-throbbing beat. It is directed by veteran Broadway and Off-Broadway choreographer Patricia Wilcox.
• “A Day in Hollywood” — This Tony Award-winning show spurs singing and dancing in the aisles, and leaves guests yearning to go to the movies. The show features some of the greatest music ever written for the movies, such as “Over the Rainbow,” “Thanks for the Memory” and “Hooray for Hollywood.”
The 12-person cast for these shows is one of the most talented group of people this author has even seen perform. From the first bawdy notes of “Paradis”’ “Flapper’s Delight,” to the high-flying kicks of the can-can and the sensory explosion of the tap routine from “A Day in Hollywood,” it was clear that the Explorer will have no trouble filling out the seats in its theater in no time at all.
Set to carry only 750 guests, the new ship boasts one of the highest space ratios in the cruise industry and will feature both extravagantly designed lounges and showplaces, and lavish gourmet restaurants. The luxury liner’s maiden voyage is scheduled for July 20, 2016, and will be christened by H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco before spending its inaugural season in the Mediterranean and then heading to Miami for a series of Caribbean voyages.
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