Guests sailing on the Disney Magic’s 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami received a special treat on November 10, 2015, a preview performance of Tangled: The Musical in the 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre. Tangled: The Musical will officially debut during he Disney Magic’s 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami embarking from PortMiami on November 11, 2015.
Tangled: The Musical is the newest original Disney Cruise Line Broadway caliber stage show and is exclusive to the Disney Magic. Disney Cruise Line’s adaptation of the hit animated film, Tangled is the first-ever stage adaptation for The Walt Disney Company. Tangled: The Musical joins Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story, Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular and Toy Story: The Musical as the only currently running, single franchise Disney Cruise Line stage shows.
Video: Live First Look at Tangled: The Musical
The Disney Parks Blog provided an exclusive, live sneak peek of the Disney Cruise Line’s Tangled: The Musical from the Disney Magic while docked at PortMiami on November 11, 2015. This first look will include, When She Returns, one of the three new songs written for the show. (Note: the replay has about 6 minutes and 40 seconds of pre-roll static screen video the embedded video should begin when Natalie begins speaking, if not jump to 6:42 in the video.)
The heartfelt story, along with an enchanting score and lavish production numbers, bring the thrilling adventure of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider to life on the stage as they face ruffians, thugs and a budding romance on an exhilarating journey of self discovery.
Tangled: The Musical immerses audiences in Rapunzel’s fairytale world through lavish production numbers and spellbinding music. Three new songs created exclusively for the show by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater bring the story to life onstage.
The show begins with Flower of Gold, an original song for Flynn Rider, Mother Gothel and the ensemble cast. Midway through the production Flynn Rider, the Stabbington Brothers and ensemble cast present Wanted Man.
The third and final new song, When She Returns, comes near the end of the show and features Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Mother Gothel, the Stabbington Brothers and the ensemble cast.
In addition to new melodies, Tangled: The Musical features live performances of When Will My Life Begin, Mother Knows Best, I Have a Dream and finishes strong with the Grammy Award winning ballad, I See the Light.
Tangled: The Musical stays true to the storyline of the original film with a few added twists to create a live stage 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.
To bring Tangled: The Musical to the stage Disney assembled an all-star creative team to develop the elaborate costumes, groundbreaking puppetry and stunning set designs were created to transform the Walt Disney Theatre into a fanciful Bavarian kingdom, immersing audiences in Rapunzel’s world and making them feel a part of her story. Part of Disney’s creative team includes 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, bred a brand-new pedigree of puppetry in Maximus, the rambunctious guard horse. The “mane” attraction of every scene he steals, Maximus’ exaggerated demeanor becomes even more hilarious through the talents of the whinnying puppet performer within.
Dazzling costumes created by Tony Award-winning designer Paloma Young bring the flair and vibrancy of the animated world to life onstage. 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, worked to 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.
Tangled: The Musical was produced by the Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, which has received acclaim for its productions around the world, including Finding Nemo – The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story which is also on the Disney magic and The Golden Mickeys with is on the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder as well as at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Tangled: The Musical will be performed during each Disney Magic sailing along with Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story and Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic. To make show night even better, O’Gills will transform into the Snuggly Duckling, something I wish would be a permanent change. As in most cases, with addition comes subtraction with Villains Tonight! getting the frying pan to the face. The good news for fans of Villains Tonight! the show will continue aboard the Disney Dream.