Some of the world’s most memorable individual musical numbers and their associated dance routines ever to hit Broadway will all be celebrated in a single show as part of Born To Dance, the second of four original stage productions coming to Princess Cruises.
The line’s recently formed partnership with Academy Award, Tony Award and Grammy Award winning Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz has already delivered the first show Magic To Do, which entertains guests by fusing magical illusions with some of Schwartz’ most famous songs from some of his critically acclaimed shows such as Godspell, Pippin and Wicked. Audiences on Crown Princess, Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess are currently enjoying Magic To Do, as will Australian cruisers once the latter arrives in local waters in November.
Born to Dance will debut in the latter stages of 2016 onboard Star Princess, expanding to Grand Princess early next year. Once again, Australian audiences will have a front-row-centre opportunity to see the new show, with Golden Princess to also feature the production from early next year, just before the ship begins its year-round residency in Sydney.
At the helm of Born to Dance is the show’s creator Daniel C. Levine, who has played key roles in the national tours of Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors and many others. Other central figures in the new Princess Cruises show include choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance, musical directors of multiple Rodger’s and Hammerstein productions and Tony Award-winning set and lighting designers.
The story of Born to Dance aims to link some of Broadway’s most famous music and dance numbers, including well known sequences from West Side Story, A Chorus Line and others. Audiences will be given a glimpse of what it takes to survive in the cut-throat world of Broadway as a professional dancer, with tributes delivered to some of the industry’s most accomplished choreographers. The production also uses multimedia and video projection to inject virtual performances from some of the world’s best dancers, known for their work on shows such as Evita and Hamilton.
“Celebrating the role dance plays on Broadway through famous musical hits from some of the most famous Broadway shows in history was Stephen’s vision for the highly-anticipated second musical production in our partnership,” Princess Cruises vice-president of entertainment experience Adrian Fischer said.