Magic To Do for Princess Cruises
The event: The new Princess Cruises production, “Magic to Do” by Broadway icon Stephen Schwartz, premiered aboard the Crown Princess Oct. 10 in the Port of Los Angeles to an audience of VIPs, including, among others, nearly the entire cast of TV’s “Love Boat.”
Schwartz is the Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of the Broadway classics, “Wicked,” “Godspell” and “Pippin” and the film, “The Prince of Egypt.” And I can’t imagine anyone who could create a better show.
The show: Considering that Schwartz is a lifelong aficionado of illusion, it comes as no surprise that the new show weaves feats of magic into a musical complete with dance performances, elaborate costumes and scenery worthy of a Broadway extravaganza.
“I’ve always loved magic,” said Schwartz, as he explained his ambition to astound the audience with amazing tricks and illusions, while giving them songs to touch their hearts. Although many of numbers, such as “Defying Gravity,” will be familiar to theater-lovers, the show also includes a new tune, “A Little Magic.”
Already appearing on the Crown Princess, the show will debut aboard the Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess later this fall. Over the next several years, Schwartz will also oversee the creation of an additional three shows, each of them top-tier
Quotes of note: “A big part of the shows for us is that we not only have the artistry of Stephen, but his involvement also inspires other people at the top of their field to join in,” said Adrian Fischer, vice president of entertainment experience for Princess Cruises. “If we did ‘Magic to Do’ on Broadway, these same people – our director, lighting designer, magic designer and costume designer – would be doing the show.”
Fischer said that the appeal of working with Schwartz extends to the singers, actors and dancers, too. “We’re attracting a higher caliber of talent because they know we upped the bar.”
Moreover, Fischer said the shows are exclusive to the cruise line. “I’m of the mindset that if you want to see a great Broadway show, you can go to New York or see a touring production. There’s no lack of opportunity. “Our shows can only be seen on Princess Cruises.”
“I also love that this show has variations of mood,” Fischer continued. “So often in the past, shows created for cruise ships try to be upbeat with happy singing and dancing – and while the magic in this show is ultimately uplifting, the show is not afraid to be serious at times.”
He then added, “You have to have variation of emotions to have the happy moments pay off. It’s like riding a roller coaster. The ride is exciting because sometimes it goes uphill and sometimes it goes downhill.”
Said actress Jill Whelan, “If you want to talk about great shows that everybody knows, if you want to talk about somebody who is always a sure-fire success with everything he does and everything he endeavors to create, that’s Stephen Schwartz. And Princess Cruises has always been in the practice of excellence, and it’s a natural fit between the two of them.”
The crowd: Among those attending the premiere were Joely Fisher, Cathy Rigby, Joan Ryan, Karen Morrow, Jo Anne Worley, Barbara Deutsch and from “The Love Boat” Gavin McLeod, Bernie Copell, Ted Lange and Jill Whelan.
Top photo: The cast performs MAGIC TO DO for Princess Cruises, at the show’s premiere aboard the Crown Princess in the Port of Los Angeles (Photo by Chris Weeks/ Getty Images for Princess Cruises)
Second photo: Composer Stephen Schwartz with actors Jill Whelan, left, and Joely Fisher, right at the premiere of MAGIC TO DO for Princess Cruises (Photo by Chris Weeks/ Getty Images for Princess Cruises)
Third photo: From left, director Gabriel Barre, composer Stephen Schwartz and Adrian Fischer, Princess Cruises VP of entertainment experience at the premiere of MAGIC TO DO for Princess Cruises (Photo by Chris Weeks/ Getty Images for Princess Cruises)
Fourth photo: The cast performs MAGIC TO DO for Princess Cruises, at the show’s premiere aboard the Crown Princess in the Port of Los Angeles (Photo by Chris Weeks/ Getty Images for Princess Cruises)
Fifth photo: The cast performs MAGIC TO DO for Princess Cruises, at the show’s premiere aboard the Crown Princess in the Port of Los Angeles (Photo by Chris Weeks/ Getty Images for Princess Cruises)
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Published Oct. 13, 2015 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA