Posted Friday, February 10, 2017 9:49 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Starting November 2017, Disney Dream will welcome a new Beauty And The Beast show that will be a mashup of both the animated film from 1991 and this year’s live-action film that stars Emma Watson. The cruise line last year added Frozen to the Disney Wonder and Tangled to the Disney Magic.
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I know this is only marginally theme park news, but we talk a lot about how they package and reuse their IP, so it seemed sort of relevant.
I just saw the Frozen show last week on the Wonder, and it is shockingly good. I was skeptical, because a lot of the revue shows running on the ships are "meh," but this was outstanding. Similarly, Tangled on the Magic is every bit as good, and maybe better. I have to wonder if they intend to adapt Frozen to Broadway, as it's been rumored for a long time. The stage adaptation for the ship is pretty brilliant the way they use puppets for Olaf and Sven, and also child Anna and Elsa. It's something they figured out previously with Finding Nemo: The Musical at Animal Kingdom.
They have the Frozen show at the Hyperion Theater in DCA. I don't know if it's Broadway quality but it would definitely be a start. I prefer the former Aladdin show though
Frozen on Broadway has been confirmed for a while (September 2016):
I wonder how much overlap there was in the creative team. They plug it as having all of these Tony nominated and award winning people, but don't say who they are. In fact, this is one of my complaints in the general sense about the shows on the ships: They don't recognize any cast or crew on the shows. That's lame. I'm not saying they need to hand out Playbills, but it's still weak.
Are you asking about the overlap from the 'Frozen' team to the B&B team? Some of them are the same such as the set designer, video designer, and writer to name a few. Most of the Disney creative team is the same as well. My girlfriend is working on this project and for once I am really excited about seeing it when it all comes together. Not really being a fan of the film Frozen I was pleasantly surprised at the stage show on the Wonder when I saw it back in November. So knowing the same team is taking care of B&B I have no doubt it will be just as good of a production.
Oh and if you sail on the Wonder again, check out 'The Golden Mickeys'. You'll see some of my finest acting in the opening video montage. :)
*Edit: I just read your post again and realized you wanted to know who the creative team was. I'm heading out to see 'Gentleman's Guide' tonight. I'll give you the broadway creative team tomorrow when I am back on the computer.Last edited by 99er, Friday, February 10, 2017 4:46 PM
I was wondering about the overlap between DCL Frozen and Broadway Frozen, actually.
I skipped Golden Mickeys last week (was getting a massage five decks up), though I walked in to see Ensign Benson's finale. Diana, being an AEA stage manager, cringes at the onesie uniform she wears at the beginning, as well as the various stage manager stereotypes. So many groans. That show might be more tired than Villains Tonight. I still like Believe (on the Dream, and I think Fantasy), but the rest are getting old. The Toy Story show that Tangled replaced was awful.
Oh, and Gentlemen's Guide is hilarious. Much better than expected. We're Wednesday subscribers at DPC (plus wife works there).Last edited by Jeff, Friday, February 10, 2017 4:57 PM
So the creative team is different from the two projects. Some from Disney Creative may be tapped to consult but overall its a different team. I guess its worth noting that Disney doesn't seem to use the same team for similar projects. The team from Frozen in California was different than the DCL team which was different from the Frozen teams that worked at the parks in Orlando and none of which will be working on Broadway. Not sure the reasoning behind it, could be scheduling since most immediately move onto another project as one finishes. But the team from DCL Frozen and the team working on B&B is of Broadway/Tony quality.
I am sure Diana does as I did the same with a few spots in that show. Overall I enjoyed it and thought it was a nice fit on the Wonder even though that show is pretty old at this point. Obviously Disney thinks it still has staying power but I would look to the ships for bigger broadway style shows now with a smaller, more "Disney-ish" show for the other nights. I have yet to see Tangled but I have heard the horror stories about Toy Story. Sounds like they made a good decision there.
As for 'Gentleman's Guide'....meh. The humor was the only highlight for me. After the build up I have been hearing for the show it fell flat for me. The lighting was bland and the video quality wasn't what I was expecting seeing as how the video designer was the same guy who did 'Frozen' on the Wonder. I didn't dislike it, just didn't love it.
I suppose I didn't have any expectations, so they were met. :) But it is one of those musicals where I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to the music outside of the show. There's no in-between for me... either get the album or not.
It's weird that they don't pool resources as a company. They're essentially making Frozen a theatrical show three times. From a sheer "production value" view, the DCL Tangled and Frozen are almost on par with a union Broadway tour. That's a solid foundation to build from, and maybe even a lab or workshop for the bigger "grown-up" shows. I wonder what they're working on for the Fantasy.
It doesn't make any sense to me at all why they do it that way. As I said it could very likely be because of project scheduling but in reality its probably because Disney is big on letting others take control to see how they can do with projects. The newer shows on the ships are at a Broadway level because they are being produced by Broadway talent and with a Broadway budget. This is different from how things are handled at the parks and in my opinion it shows. If you're a fan of what you have seen so far on the ships, you'll be pleased with the Fantasy:)
The parks made a play years ago that showed the potential with Nemo. I assume Frozen at DL is as good, but man, nothing at WDW is as good in terms of live theater.
I ask the question about efficiency partly in jest. Knowing the train wreck that IT is kind of shows how the "big dumb company" syndrome is a real issue.
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