A “tale as old as time” and “song as old as rhyme” will soon debut in the 1,340-seat theatre of Disney Cruise Line, with the entertainment juggernaut’s iconic story Beauty & The Beast set to become the next to make its way to enthrall cruise travellers.
The live-action adaptation of the classic animated masterpiece will begin on Disney Dream beginning from the voyage sailing on 06 November this year. Classic musical numbers from the film will be adapted to the stage, transforming instantly recognisable songs into new show-stoppers and using typically lavish Disney costuming to bring the characters from the story to life on the stage.
Development of the stage show also coincides with the release of a live-action remake movie of Beauty & The Beast, which is released in US cinemas next month.
Beauty & The Beast will remain true to the iconic story which explores the way in which true love and courage can transform even the coldest and ugliest of characters. The stage musical incorporates a motif to take the audience through the story from Belle’s quaint French town to the Beast’s dark and mysterious castle. Using high-definition projections, incredibly detailed sets, lighting & music, the story will play out in a highly immersive way for viewers.
Central to the production are several key creative team members highly experienced in transforming Disney stories to live-action sequences. These include set designers who worked on Frozen and Paint Your Wagon, video designers from Anastasia, writers from In Transit and all under the direction of Connor Gallagher, who choreographed Tangled: The Musical and Found. Lighting will be designed by Tony-Award nominee Japhy Weiderman.
Scoring the new production will be composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman, with the show heavily featuring many of the classic songs from the movie including “Belle”, “Something there” and the namesake ballad “Beauty & The Beast”. Two new arrangements have been put together, entitled “How does a moment last forever” and “Days in the Sun”. Other iconic numbers including “Gaston” and “Be My Guest” will be turned into high-energy number which are sure to have guests singing along in their seats.
Disney Dream operates three and four-night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral in northern Miami, Florida.