Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to take a sneak peek at something very, very magical.
“Do NOT cry!” I told myself sternly. “It’s just a song,” I muttered as the incredibly talented actors bounded about the stage, re-imagining one of my beloved childhood favourites in front of my very eyes.
With Dori Saltzman, senior editor of Cruise Critic on my right and Gene Sloan, travel expert for USA Today on my left, I marveled at my sheer fortune. I was seated in Disney Cruise Line’s production facility in Toronto, enjoying a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of Beauty and the Beast, DCL’s new musical debuting on the Disney Dream in November.
I was verklempt.
The musical begins with Maurice, a music box maker who has created a very special music box to tell the tale of Belle and the beast. Try to picture it: the stage on the Disney Dream will be transformed into an oversized replica of the music box, coming alive with lights and sounds as the story begins. Although the actors performed without lighting, special effects or costumes – further enhancing the intimate, “behind the scenes” quality of the preview – we were nevertheless treated to such iconic songs as Belle, Gaston and Be Our Guest. The casting is perfectly imperfect; Belle is both beautiful and bookish, Gaston’s arrogance is only matched in size by his biceps. In short, it’s a dream ensemble.
In addition to the goosebump-inducing preview (see video below for more), we were also afforded time for a Q&A session with the musical’s writer, creative director, costume designer and others instrumental in bringing the production to life.
“What’s so special about Beauty and the Beast on the Disney Dream is that we are taking inspiration from this live action film, that’s very fresh and very different, and we’re translating it into a world that’s completely transformational – live in front of your eyes,” says Wendy Anderson, Executive Creative Director.
The Beauty and the Beast characters are outfitted by Costume Designer Sarah Cubbage, who draws inspiration from Disney’s live-action and animated films. Up close, the painstaking costume detail is evident with every stitch; the costumes pay homage to another time in a more magical world.
Like all Disney Cruise Line productions, the musical will be of Broadway calibre with a cast of 18 talented actors and dancers. Having seen Frozen on the Disney Wonder earlier this year, I can only imagine how incredible it will be to see this show live. Beauty and the Beast debuts on the Disney Dream’s November 6th sailing.
Of course, as only the dishes would have it, we ended with a feast.
I’m also happy to share a very special promotion: with the Disney Cruise Line Canadian Resident Offer, Canadians save 25% off prevailing rates for Verandah, Oceanview, and Inside Staterooms on select 7- or 8-night cruises departing New York City on October 14 and November 18, 2017. Both sailings include festive decor, themed activities and a bonus treat – Marvel Day at Sea, an exciting, day-long extravaganza packed with Marvel Super Heroes (and villains) and one-of-a-kind entertainment.
See more of our magical preview courtesy of USA Today: