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Curtain rises on 'Beauty and the Beast' production aboard Disney Dream

An all-star creative team brought 'Beauty and the Beast' to the stage An all-star creative team brought 'Beauty and the Beast' to the stage (Photo: Steven Diaz/Disney Cruise Line)

A brand new musical stage production of 'Beauty and the Beast' has premiered aboard Disney Dream's Nov. 6 cruise. The show interlaces classic storytelling elements with cutting-edge technology, lavish costumes and puppetry.

Set designer Jason Sherwood ('Paint Your Wagon,' 'Frozen, A Musical Spectacular'), worked in concert with video designer, Aaron Rhyne ('Frozen, A Musical Spectacular,' Broadway’s 'Anastasia'), to create a transforming set that takes audiences on a magical journey through a music box, from Belle’s provincial French town to the Beast’s mysterious castle.

Disney assembled an all-star creative team to bring the musical to stage, led by director and choreographer Connor Gallagher ('Tangled: The Musical,' 'Found'). Gallagher collaborated with writer Sara Wordsworth ('Frozen, A Musical Spectacular,' Broadway’s 'In Transit') and a collection of Broadway talen to create an imaginative, new approach to this iconic story.

High-definition projections and dynamic scenery create a visual panorama that reaches beyond the stage and into the audience. Complementing the immersive set is lighting designed by four-time Tony Award-nominated Japhy Weideman.

'Beauty and the Beast' features songs from the original animated film’s award-winning soundtrack by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman. The show also includes two of the new songs created for the live-action film by Menken and lyricist Tim Rice, 'How Does a Moment Last Forever' and 'Days in the Sun.' Arrangements and orchestrations by Matt Castle and Frank Galgano ('Into the Woods') bring a unique musical identity to the production.

Blurring the line between costuming and puppetry, costume designer Sarah Cubbage (Broadway’s 'Skylight') and puppet designer Jeff Conover joined forces to give life to the enchanted objects of 'Beauty and the Beast.'

Disney Dream sails three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral.

Posted 10 November 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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