Princess Cruises and Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell) today announced the creative team for the third show in its exclusive partnership, The Silk Crane.
Created and directed by John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, ImaginOcean), The Silk Crane is a remarkable tale of adventure, romance, and enchantment that features familiar music and brings together some of Broadway’s best creatives to transport audiences on board. Told entirely through music, dance, puppetry, and visuals, acclaimed puppeteer, actor, comedian, and director John Tartaglia brings a contemporary spin to a classic Ancient folktale exclusively for Princess Cruises.
The Silk Crane will debut in late 2017 onboard Diamond Princess and follows Magic to Do and Born to Dance, the first two shows in the collaboration. Auditions for The Silk Crane will be in Honolulu on April 4 and 5, Los Angeles on April 26 and 27, and in New York May 1 through 4.
The Silk Crane will feature original puppet creations by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, with choreography by Shannon Lewis (Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, A Dog Story), scenic design by Tony Award-nominee Anna Louizos (Broadway’s School of Rock, In the Heights), costume design by Tony Award-winner Clint Ramos (Eclipsed, Here Lies Love), lighting design by Kelly Easterling (Uprising of Love with Sting, Forever Cunard), and media design by Aaron Rhyne (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Broadway’s Anastasia).
With lyrics by Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days, Old Jews Telling Jokes), compositions by Jihwan Kim (Cupid, Cinderella After the Ball), music direction and vocal arrangements by Brad Ellis (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, “Glee”), and music production and orchestrations by Andrew Christie (Rush, “Survivor”), Jayson Raitt (“Dancing with the Stars,” Rock of Ages) serves as consulting producer.
“John’s creativity and Stephen’s guidance and vision are a winning team, and we are very much looking forward to bringing this timeless, ancient fable to our passengers,” said Denise Saviss, vice president, entertainment, Princess Cruises.