Fashion meets rock in new Princess show with guest-star singer

'Rock Opera' is scheduled to debut on the new Sky Princess, pictured here, in December and on 2020's Enchanted Princess

Glamorous avante-garde fashions, an iconic rock soundtrack and a guest-star vocalist highlight Princess Cruises’ newest production show.

‘Rock Opera’ is scheduled to debut on the new Sky Princess in December and on 2020’s Enchanted Princess in June.

Brian Justin Crum

The show will be brought to life by special guest tenor and ‘America’s Got Talent’ alumni Brian Justin Crum.

‘Rock Opera’ was created exclusively for Princess by director and choreographer Danny Teeson, musical arranger Nelson Kole, scenic designer John Lacovelli and costume designer Jackson Lowell.

‘”Rock Opera” takes our guests on a musical journey, featuring our eight-piece live orchestra playing iconic rock songs. Our production and costume design team were inspired by one of New York City’s most glamorous evenings of the year, the Met Gala,’ said Denise Saviss, VP entertainment experience.

Songs in four languages, including sign

The show features songs in English, Spanish, Latin and sign language.

Crum, of ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ will join the cast for the inaugural season of Sky Princess.

A native of San Diego, California, he brings the pure vocal tone, broad range and high contrast emotional delivery that found him success in musical theater and on the Billboard charts. He’s performed with several Broadway companies before launching a pop career with credits including ‘Wicked,’ ‘Grease,’ ‘Next to Normal’ and touring companies of ‘The Addams Family’ and ‘We Will Rock You.’

Crum found a broader audience in 2016 as a finalist on NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent,’ finishing in fourth place. That same year, he released ‘Show Me Love,’ which made its way to the top of the Billboard Dance Charts.

Director/choreographer

Director and choreographer Teeson has choreographed for Grammy Award-winning artists Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Paula Abdul and Brit Award winners Robbie Williams and Tom Jones, with whom he won the VH1 Best Video Award for ‘Sex Bomb.’

Teeson has acted as Underwood’s creative director, conceptualizing and directing her Carnival Ride Tour and ACM Awards performance and was seen on Oxygen Network’s hit show ‘Dance Your Ass Off’ as a resident judge. He also created and choreographed Princess Cruises’ ‘Fantastic Journey,’ which won a Themed Entertainment Association award for outstanding achievement.

Musical arranger

Musical arranger Kole began his career on the Las Vegas strip where he accompanied headliners such as Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight and the Pips and became musical director/arranger for Don Rickles and Ben Vereen. As arranger and musical director of the 2009 Academy Awards, Kole worked with Beyoncé, Hugh Jackman, Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron and Queen Latifah.

Scenic designer

Scenic designer Lacovelli won an Emmy for his production design of the A&E presentation of ‘Peter Pan,’ staring Cathy Rigby, which was nominated for a Tony Award for best revival. His television production design credits include ‘The Old Settler,’ ‘The Gin Game,’ ‘Ed,’ ‘Babylon’ and ‘Resurrection Blvd.’ He received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for lifetime achievement in scenic design and is a member of The Art Directors Guild.

Costumer

Costume designer Lowell has designed costumes for celebrities and concert tours including Katy Perry, Pink, Paula Abdul, Jennifer Aniston, Cate Blanchett, Cindy Crawford, Elton John, Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand and Usher. His television credits include ‘American Idol,’ ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Ugly Betty,’ ‘Lost,’ ‘Private Practice’ and ‘Scrubs.’

Lowell has also designed for notable dance companies including Hubbard Street Dance Co., San Francisco Ballet, Twyla Tharp, Oakland Dance Co. and Philadanco.

Posted 20 August 2019

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