An original stage show based on the animated film “Tangled” will debut onboard the Disney Magic this November, marking the first time the Disney tale has been adapted for the stage.
“Tangled: The Musical” will immerse audiences in Rapunzel’s fairytale world. Three new songs created exclusively for this show by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater will bring the story to life onstage.
In addition to new melodies, audiences will hear live performances of favorite songs from the movie, including “When Will My Life Begin,” “Mother Knows Best,” “I Have a Dream” and the Grammy Award-winning ballad, “I See the Light.”
The show will stay true to the storyline from the feature film—with a few special twists to create a live staged production — featuring favorite characters like Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, the villainous Mother Gothel and Maximus the police horse.
Elaborate costumes, puppetry and set designs transform the 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre into a Bavarian kingdom. Director Gordon Greenberg and choreographer Connor Gallagher join Menken, Slater and a bevy of top-notch theatrical talent.
Master puppet designer Michael Curry, whose creations are featured in Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King” on Broadway, is breeding a brand-new pedigree of puppetry in Maximus, the rambunctious police horse whose demeanor becomes even more hilarious with the addition of the whinnying puppet performer within.
Costumes created by Tony Award-winning designer Paloma Young will bring the flair and vibrancy of the animated world to life onstage. The townspeople’s bright hues and Rapunzel’s feminine florals are balanced by the bristly browns of the rugged thugs and royal regalia of the kingdom officials, creating a fusion of colors, patterns and textures.
Set designs by scenic designer Bradley Kaye (Disney’s “Aladdin—A Musical Spectacular”) will transport audiences to storybook locales that include Rapunzel’s tower home, the Snuggly Duckling tavern, a brightly adorned kingdom town and the resplendent lakeside setting of the iconic floating lanterns scene from the film.
“Tangled: The Musical” joins the line-up of Disney Cruise Line-exclusive live entertainment performed every voyage aboard the Disney Magic, joining “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story” and “Disney Dreams… An Enchanted Classic,” which will feature a new segment from the animated hit “Frozen” beginning in summer 2015.
“Tangled: The Musical” will premiere during the Nov. 11 four-night Bahamian sailing aboard the Disney Magic. The Disney Magic will sail four-night Bahamas and five-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami beginning Sept. 30 through the new year.