‘Tangled: The Musical,’ which will immerse audiences in Rapunzel’s fairytale world through lavish production numbers and spellbinding music, will debut aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic beginning in November 2015, it was announced today. 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. Stitch Kingdom first reported on the new musical back in September 2014.
“The show will stay true to the storyline from the hit 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. It will also include three new original songs from composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, the prolific pair behind the original soundtrack for Tangled, who teamed up again to adapt the score and story for the stage. Complementing the score from the film, three new songs weave a delightful combination of narrative, humor and theatrics into the performance. In addition to the new songs, audiences will enjoy 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.’
Elaborate costumes, groundbreaking puppetry and stunning set designs transform the 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre into a fanciful Bavarian kingdom, immersing audiences in Rapunzel’s world and making them feel a part of her story. Disney assembled an all-star creative team to develop this extravagant production, with director Gordon Greenberg and choreographer Connor Gallagher joining Menken, Slater and a bevy of top-notch theatrical talent.
Master puppet designer Michael Curry, whose extraordinary 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 exaggerated demeanor becomes even more hilarious with the addition of the whinnying puppet performer within. This cleverly constructed character is sure to be the “mane” attraction of every scene he steals.
Dazzling costumes created by Tony Award-winning designer Paloma Young will bring the flair and vibrancy of the animated world to life onstage in “Tangled: The Musical.” The townspeople’s bright hues and Rapunzel’s feminine florals are perfectly balanced by the bristly browns of the rugged thugs and royal regalia of the kingdom officials, creating a sensational fusion of colors, patterns and textures.
Remarkable set designs by scenic designer Bradley Kaye will transport audiences to storybook locales that include Rapunzel’s tower home, the outlandish Snuggly Duckling tavern, a brightly adorned kingdom town and the resplendent lakeside setting of the iconic floating lanterns scene from the film.
The new show will premiere during the November 11, 2015 four-night Bahamian cruise.