By Peter Covino
Once upon a time there was a fairy tale called Rapunzel.
And then it became the very successful Disney animated film, Tangled
Now, some six years later after the film, Tangled is back, and as a full-fledged musical.
Tangled the Musical, is pretty much all you would expect from a Broadway stage production, with one major exception — you can only find it on the Disney Cruise Ship Magic.
While it runs considerably shorter than the typical Broadway production, this Tangled looks and feels very much like something you would see in New York City.
Disney Cruise Line officials hosted a special showing of Tangled, onboard the Disney Magic recently, in between the ships busy excursions to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral.
Even if somehow you have never seen the popular Disney film, you should feel right at home in this new version of the story, which remains faithful to the film.
Fans will particularly like that there are three new songs added to the show, by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater.
Since this is a musical after all, it is nice that Disney was able to reunite Menken and Slater, the pair behind the original soundtrack for Tangled, to adapt the score and story for the stage.
In addition to new melodies, audiences enjoy live performances of favorite songs from the movie, including “When Will My Life Begin,” “Mother Knows Best,” “I’ve Got a Dream” and the Grammy Award-winning ballad, “I See the Light.”
All of the favorite character are back, of course, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, the villainous Mother Gothel and the crowd-pleasing Maximus the guard horse, who appears in giant hand puppet form.
Maximus is a scene-stealer and gets the loudest applause from the audience at show’s end (except for maybe Rapunzel, herself).
Master puppet designer Michael Curry (who you might know from his creations in Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King” on Broadway) is the man behind the mane, for Maximus. It is a great creative effort that must be seen to be appreciated.
The show features top-notch talent both on stage and behind-the scenes including director Gordon Greenberg and choreographer Connor Gallagher.
Along with some stunning set designs and the Maximus puppet, the show’s other big eye-opener is the floating lanterns, which hover above the stage and audience. The lanterns were an important part of the film version as well. Scenic designer scenic Bradley Kaye (Disney’s “Aladdin—A Musical Spectacular”) is responsible for the lanterns as well as the show’s tavern and the kingdom town set.
It also should be noted that the costumes for the show were created by Tony Award-winning designer Paloma Young.
“Tangled: The Musical” is the newest addition to the line-up of Disney Cruise Line-exclusive live entertainment performed every voyage aboard the Disney Magic. It joins “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story” and “Disney Dreams… An Enchanted Classic,” which features a new segment from the blockbuster animated hit “Frozen.”
“Tangled: The Musical” premiered aboard the Disney Magic during the Nov. 11 four-night Bahamian sailing. The ship will continue to sail four-night Bahamas and five-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami through the new year.
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