Third Show in Industry-First Partnership puts a Contemporary Spin on
Ancient Asian Tale with Live Puppetry by Jim Henson's Creature Shop
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (January 11, 2018) – Princess
today revealed the third production show created in collaboration with Oscar-,
Tony- and Grammy award-winning composer of "Wicked," "Pippin," and "Godspell,"
Stephen Schwartz, and his team of professional creators. "The Secret
is a remarkable tale of adventure, romance, and enchantment that features
familiar music and brings together some of Broadway's best to transport
audiences onboard. The new show, created and directed by Tony Award-nominated
John Tartaglia, debuts exclusively on Royal Princess starting in mid-February
2018 as the ship sails the Caribbean.
"Presenting this timeless, ancient fable as
the third production in our partnership, through the accomplishments of John's
creativity and Stephen's guidance and vision, will no doubt deliver an
outstanding entertainment experience for our guests," said Denise Saviss,
Princess Cruise vice president entertainment experience.
Secret Silk" is the story of an Asian folkloric tale with a contemporary
spin, featuring inspired performances through the use of music, dance, puppetry
and visuals. Adapted from the ancient fable "The Grateful Crane," the story
features Lan, a beautiful, selfless young woman who possesses a magical gift,
secretly creating brilliant silk fabrics. Audiences will be introduced to
original life-sized puppet creations by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, and an
original song, "Sing to the Sky," both made exclusively for the line's
production. A sneak peek at the newest show in the line's repertoire can be
"I am thrilled to have John Tartaglia join me
on this production journey with Princess," said Stephen Schwartz. "His puppetry
mastery is sure to dazzle guests on the high seas."
"The Secret Silk" premieres aboard Royal
Princess, followed by Island Princess in May 2018 for the Alaska season, and
Diamond Princess in fall 2018. Production team for "The Secret Silk" includes:
(Creator and Director) an American puppeteer, actor, singer, dancer, voice
artist, and comedian, whose theatre performance credits include a Tony
Award nominated Broadway debut in "Avenue Q," "Beauty and the Beast," and
"Shrek The Musical." His acclaimed off-Broadway, national and international
touring show "ImaginOcean" premiered in November as a new Jim Henson
Company series on PBS entitled, "Splash and Bubbles." John is also the host of
SiriusXM On Broadway's "Sunday Funday."
(Choreographer) is a veteran of 10 Broadway shows including starring in the
original cast of "Fosse," winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Choreography includes "Shrek the Halls," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat," and "A Dog Story."
(Scenic Designer) is a three-time Tony Award nominee with more than 18 Broadway
shows to her credit. Currently her sets and costumes can be seen in "School of
Rock" on Broadway, London, and the U.S. tour.
(Costume Designer) is a set and costume designer for theater and live events.
He has designed over 200 shows on Broadway, both in the U.S. and
internationally. He is the recipient of the Tony Award, Obie Award for
Sustained Excellence, three Lortel Awards, the TDF Irene Sharaff Award, two ATW
Henry Hewes Awards, and a Helen Hayes Award.
(Musical Director) is a former Los Angeles
session musician who now orchestrates for major U.S. symphonies, and is best
known as the curiously silent piano player on "Glee."
(Original Song - Lyrics) is a composer and
lyricist whose musicals have been seen around the world in more than 200
productions, including off-Broadway and in London's West End.
(Original Song - Music) is a composer and
composition teacher based in New York. His works include "Cupid and Psyche"
with lyricist Sean Heartley, "Cinderella After the Ball" and "The Nutcracker
Sings" with lyricist Eddie Sugarman.
partnership adds to the cruise line's Come Back New Promise, a
multi-million dollar investment to enhance the onboard guest experience,
ultimately resulting in more transformative moments, lifetime memories and
meaningful stories to share from a cruise vacation. The line's partnership with
Schwartz brings four exclusive production shows to Princess Cruises' guests
including "Magic To Do," "Born To Dance," "The Secret Silk" and a fourth to be
debuted in 2019.
information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel
agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's
website at princess.com.
About Jim Henson Creature Shop:
Over the past 50 years, Jim Henson's Creature
Shop™, a division of The Jim Henson Company, has been one of the premier
practical visual effects companies in the entertainment industry; creating
memorable puppet and creature characters for film and television. Following in
the footsteps of Jim Henson, the Creature Shop continues to be on the forefront
of technological innovation in both practical visual effects, and now
animation. They have developed a breakthrough in animation with their patented
Emmy-Award winning Henson Digital Puppetry Studio. The groundbreaking system
produces immediate real-time animation of 3D generated digital characters. The
Creature Shop also functions as a creative service company to the rest of the
entertainment industry, working on projects in the areas of film, advertising,
and themed-entertainment; and creatively collaborating with artists in the
About Princess Cruises:
One of the
best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour
company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships renowned for their
innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. As
an award-winning destination leader offering international cruise vacations,
Princess carries two million guests each year to more than 360 destinations
around the globe on more than 150 itineraries ranging in length from three to
111 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL;
media information is available at princess.com/news.
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