By Nicole Nalty
Disney Cruise Line invites you to be their guest with Beauty and the Beast, a brand-new musical production inspired by Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic. Starting November 6, guests aboard the Disney Dream can experience the enchanting fairytale like never before, as the new production seamlessly weaves the romance, adventure, and magic of the live-action film with the powerful nostalgia of the beloved animated feature.
Something there that wasn’t there before
Taking the stage in the Walt Disney Theatre, Beauty and the Beast will tell the classic story through a new lens, with the help of a music box. Created by set designer Jason Sherwood (Paint Your Wagon, Frozen, A Musical Spectacular) and video designer Aaron Rhyne (Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, Broadway’s Anastasia), this scenic motif will flawlessly guide audiences through the tale as old as time, from Belle’s little town to Beast’s castle.
They can sing, they can dance
The musical production will feature two new songs created for the live-action film by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice: “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Days in the Sun.” The two songs will stand alone from the film versions with brand-new arrangements and orchestrations by Matt Castle and Frank Galgano (Into the Woods). And, of course, iconic songs that first appeared in the animated film, including “Belle,” “Something There,” and “Beauty and the Beast” will be revamped to fit the new show, and showstoppers “Gaston” and “Be Our Guest” will continue to do just that in production numbers. In fact, “Be Our Guest” has been completely re-imagined for the stage show––we can’t wait to feast our eyes on this new adaptation!
What would Beauty and the Beast be without its enchanted (and enchanting!) objects? Favorite characters like Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts will take the stage in an all-new way, thanks to a special blend of costuming and puppetry from costume designer Sarah Cubbage (Broadway’s Skylight) and puppet designer Lake Simon (Etiquette Unraveled).
Beauty and the Beast is led by director and choreographer Connor Gallagher (Tangled: The Musical, Found), who collaborated with writer Sara Wodsworth (Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, Broadway’s In Transit) and an amazing team, including four-time Tony® Award-nominated Japhy Weideman to amaze audiences aboard the Disney Dream.
You can find out more about this spectacular new show or book your vacation at disneycruise.com.