Theatrical Version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Disney Cruise Line Debuts November, 2017

Update November 13, 2017

It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you to the first-ever Disney Cruise Line live production of Beauty and the Beast. This highly-anticipated show will join the incredible lineup of Broadway-caliber stage productions aboard the Disney Dream—including The Golden Mickeys and Disney’s Believe. While you’re off sailing for adventure in the great wide somewhere, be spellbound by a dazzling musical inspired by the live-action movie of 2017.  Continue for a video peek at the production below.

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Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” photo by Steven Diaz, courtesy Disney Cruise Line

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Belle and Maurice from “Beauty and the Beast,” photo by Steven Diaz, courtesy Disney Cruise Line

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Enchanted Objects from “Beauty and the Beast,” photo by Steven Diaz, courtesy Disney Cruise Line

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Beast and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” photo by Steven Diaz, courtesy Disney Cruise Line

Original post from February 10, 2017 follows below

There’s not just a new BEAUTY AND THE BEAST film coming, a theatrical version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Disney Cruise Line debuts this November, 2017 exclusively on board the Disney Dream.  This stage production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Disney Cruise Line will feature the familiar story as well as two new songs that premiere in the 2017 live-action film.  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Disney Cruise Line is the third new show on the four-ship fleet following “Tangled: The Musical” on the Disney Magic and “Frozen, a Musical Spectacular” aboard the Disney Wonder.  Will the Disney Fantasy receive a new show too?  Time will tell.  Continue reading for more details from Disney Cruise Line’s press release.

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Beast and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” photo by Steven Diaz, courtesy Disney Cruise Line

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Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream at Castaway Cay private island, photo by Dave Parfitt

From Disney Cruise Line’s Press Release

A tale as old as time gets ready to take the stage with “Beauty and the Beast,” a brand-new musical production inspired by Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic. The show will expand upon the most imaginative elements of the highly anticipated live-action and classic films and delight Disney Cruise Line guests aboard the Disney Dream, beginning this November.

Audiences will once again fall in love with the enchanting fairytale as they embark on a sweeping journey to discover the power of transformation through true love and courage. This new production of “Beauty and the Beast” celebrates the romance, adventure and magic of the live-action film, weaving in the charm and nostalgia of the award-winning animated feature.

“Beauty and the Beast” will bring the timeless fable to life like never before, featuring a style of theater that interlaces classic storytelling elements with cutting-edge technology, to create a unique, theatrical experience in the 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre. An innovative take on the story will transform renowned songs into spectacular, show-stopping numbers, and lavish costumes and puppetry will bring a fresh perspective to beloved characters.

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Walt Disney Theatre entrance on the Disney Dream, photo by Dave Parfitt

Re-imagining a tale as old as time

Drawing inspiration from the live-action film, the stage musical uses the scenic motif of a music box to guide spectators through the story. 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 will take audiences on a magical journey through the music box, from Belle’s provincial French town to the Beast’s mysterious castle.

To bring “Beauty and the Beast” to the stage, Disney assembled an all-star creative team, 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 talented collection of Broadway artists to create an imaginative, new approach to this iconic story.

Through a combination of high-definition projections, dynamic scenery and a little bit of Disney magic, this new interpretation of “Beauty and the Beast” will create a visual panorama that reaches beyond the stage and into the audience. Complementing the immersive set, lighting design by four-time Tony Award-nominated, Japhy Weideman, punctuates the powerful emotions of the classic tale.

Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Dream

Every night is show time at Walt Disney Theatre, an elegant, 1,340-seat palace onboard the Disney Dream that is equipped with advanced theatrical technology and state-of-the-art sound, lighting, staging and set design. Here, original Disney stories become dazzling musical productions that entertain spectators of all ages. Spanning three decks, this luxurious venue even offers guests spectacular orchestra and balcony seating. Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Disney Cruise Line.

Orchestrating a song as old as rhyme

“Beauty and the Beast” features songs from the original animated film’s award-winning soundtrack by acclaimed composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman. Complementing the score, 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.” Enchanting arrangements and orchestrations by Matt Castle and Frank Galgano (“Into the Woods”) will bring a unique musical identity to the production.

Beloved songs like “Belle,” “Something There” and “Beauty and the Beast” will receive a musical makeover that reflect the show’s stylized approach, while songs like “Gaston” and “Be Our Guest” will leap to the stage as joyful and exuberant production numbers.

One of the most iconic songs in the Disney canon has been completely re-imagined for the stage. “Be Our Guest” is becoming a multi-course French dinner rooted in imagination and fantasy. Rousing choreography and dazzling visual effects will fill the stage during this full-fledged spectacle.

Alan Menken performs at Destination D

Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken played dozens of his most beloved songs at Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated Features, August 12, 2012. Photo ©Disney, courtesy of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.

Unveiling the magic of the enchanted objects

Blurring the line between costuming and puppetry, costume designer Sarah Cubbage (Broadway’s “Skylight”) and puppet designer Lake Simons (“Etiquette Unraveled”) joined forces to give life to the enchanted objects of “Beauty and the Beast.” Beloved characters like Lumiere, Mrs. Potts and Cogsworth are realized in an unprecedented way, using innovative puppetry and elaborate costumes to bring these characters to life in their true scale.

“Beauty and the Beast” will debut during the Disney Dream voyage departing November 6, 2017, joining an incredible lineup of Broadway-style stage productions aboard the ship, including “The Golden Mickeys” and “Disney’s Believe.” The Disney Dream sails three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Fla.

The Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures live-action film “Beauty and the Beast” premieres in theaters March 17, on land and at sea aboard Disney Cruise Line ships.

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