BEST DAY EVER! Disney Cruise Line officially announced the long rumored Tangled live stage show that was revealed by Alan Menken in 2013. Casting notices went out last fall for the new show which will officially be called Tangled: The Musical when it debuts aboard the Disney Magic this November.
The endearing characters and captivating music of the animated film Tangled will enchant audiences once again, this time as an original stage show spectacular at sea aboard the Disney Magic. This first stage adaptation of the 2010 Disney Animation hit will immerse audiences in Rapunzel’s fairytale world through lavish production numbers and spellbinding music.
The show will stay true to the storyline from the hit feature film—with a few special twists to create a live staged production. Favorite characters like Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, the villainous Mother Gothel and Maximus the police horse will all be featured in this new production.
The story follows the thrilling adventure of Rapunzel as she escapes the confines of her tower and the clutches of Mother Gothel, who wishes to shield the secret of Rapunzel’s magical golden tresses and royal roots. Rapunzel strikes up an unlikely friendship with the suave, crown-stealing bandit Flynn Rider, and together they face ruffians, thugs and a budding romance on a hair-raising journey filled with classic Disney playfulness and whimsy that will delight audiences of all ages.
Three new songs created exclusively for this show by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater will bring the story to life onstage. Acclaimed composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, the prolific pair behind the original soundtrack for Tangled, teamed up again to adapt the score and story for the stage. Complementing the score from the film, three new songs weave a delightful combination of narrative, humor and theatrics into the performance.
In addition to new melodies, audiences will enjoy live performances of favorite songs from the movie, including “When Will My Life Begin,” “Mother Knows Best,” “I Have a Dream” and the Grammy Award-winning ballad, “I See the Light.”
To bring the animated feature to the stage elaborate costumes, groundbreaking puppetry and stunning set designs transform are being created to transform he 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre into a fanciful Bavarian kingdom, immersing audiences in Rapunzel’s world and making them feel a part of her story. Disney assembled an all-star creative team to develop this extravagant production, with director Gordon Greenberg and choreographer Connor Gallagher joining Menken, Slater and a bevy of top-notch theatrical talent.
Master puppet designer Michael Curry, whose extraordinary creations are featured in Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King” on Broadway, is breeding a brand-new pedigree of puppetry in Maximus, the rambunctious police horse whose exaggerated demeanor becomes even more hilarious with the addition of the whinnying puppet performer within. This cleverly constructed character is sure to be the “mane” attraction of every scene he steals.
Dazzling costumes created by Tony Award-winning designer Paloma Young will bring the flair and vibrancy of the animated world to life onstage in “Tangled: The Musical.” The townspeople’s bright hues and Rapunzel’s feminine florals are perfectly balanced by the bristly browns of the rugged thugs and royal regalia of the kingdom officials, creating a sensational fusion of colors, patterns and textures.
Remarkable set designs by scenic designer Bradley Kaye who worked on Disney’s Aladdin—A Musical Spectacular will transport audiences to storybook locales that include Rapunzel’s tower home, the outlandish Snuggly Duckling tavern, a brightly adorned kingdom town and the resplendent lakeside setting of the iconic floating lanterns scene from the film. Below is a look (very low resolution and then I slightly enlarged the image – so it looks great) at the official logo for Tangled: The Musical.
According to Disney Cruise Line, Tangled: The Musical will complement the line-up of Disney Cruise Line-exclusive live entertainment performed every voyage aboard the Disney Magic, joining Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story and Disney Dreams… An Enchanted Classic, which will feature a new segment from the blockbuster animated hit “Frozen” beginning in summer 2015. The Frozen news was previously revealed along with DCL’s Frozen summer fun announcement in January.
The announcement makes no mention of Villains Tonight! which is currently in rotation aboard the Disney Magic. We reached out to Disney Cruise Line and they have confirmed to us that Villains Tonight! will no longer be preformed aboard the Disney Magic once Tangled: The Musical debuts. Villains Tonight! will end its run aboard the Disney Magic during the November 6, 2015 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise – Itinerary B. Not to worry Villains Tonight! fans, at the show will continue aboard the Disney Dream.
The debut of Tangled: The Musical will occur during the November 11, 2015 4-Night Bahamian Cruise on Disney Magic – Itinerary A departing from Miami, Florida.