Conceived and directed by showHive founder, Emmett Murphy, the new shows are part of Carnival’s ‘Playlist Productions’ revues, combining live performances with high-tech LED stage and screen effects.
The shows are 80s Pop to the Max, a concert of music video hits, dance, fashion and fun of the 1980s, and GetAway Island, a modern day ‘beach movie’ brought to life onstage through a hybrid of retro-cinematic elements and live-action performance.
The shows feature full-stage automated LED video screens, cutting edge theatrical conveyor belts that integrate the live performances with video action. The GetAway Island revue even features its own bar called Red Frog, a nod to Carnival’s own Caribbean-inspired bars called the RedFrog Pub.
Both shows debut on Carnival Freedom and will be rolled out to other Carnival vessels beginning with Carnival Pride in fall, 2014.
Murphy has a career in entertainment which spans the New York theatre scene, production revue genre and the cruise sector where he created and directed productions that have appeared on the stages of Princess Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.