Disney Cruise Line premieres Beauty and the Beast
By Mary Ann Pickford | 8 Nov 2017
Disney Cruise Line has debuted a brand new musical production, Beauty and the Beast, on board Disney Dream this week.
The new show, inspired by Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic, 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 feature a style of theatre 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.
Drawing inspiration from the live-action film, the stage musical uses the scenic motif of a music box to guide spectators through the story.
Complementing the immersive set, lighting design by four-time Tony Award-nominated, Japhy Weideman, punctuates the powerful emotions of the classic tale.
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 stylised approach, while songs like Gaston and Be Our Guest will leap to the stage as joyful and exuberant production numbers.
Beauty and the Beast is the latest addition to a line-up of Broadway-style stage productions on board Disney Cruise Line’s fleet, which are presented nightly.
Each ship is home to original productions distinctive to them.
Disney Dream sails three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Florida.
For more information, visit disneycruise.com.