Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Chicago" Hits the High Seas

"Gorgeous colorful costumes, creative stage set designs, and young talented singers and dancers performing hundreds of miles out at sea!  The flashy production shows the cruise lines offer as part of the nightly entertainment schedule is always a highlight of any cruise vacation. Often a compilation of song and dance numbers made famous in past Broadway shows, Royal Caribbean changed that blueprint when Oasis of the Seas debuted “Hairspray”, one of the few legitimate Broadway productions offered on a cruise ship. Expect no less with the introduction of sister ship Allure of the Seas later this year.

“Chicago: The Musical” will become the second Tony Award-winning musical that Royal Caribbean presents at sea.  While the show will more than likely be trimmed a bit to fit within the average run time of a Royal Caribbean production show, you can expect that all the hottest, high energy musical numbers from this Kander & Ebb blockbuster will remain.  The story, set in roaring twenties Chicago, is about Roxie Hart, an ambitious chorus girl that murders her husband. Roxie goes to jail and joins another famous stage performer and murderess, Velma Kelly. Both Roxie and Velma are headline hunters seeking to capitalize on pre-trial publicity for the sake of acquittal and stage careers.  Even if you have not seen the show before you are likely to recognize the music.  Sexy numbers like “All That Jazz” and “Cell Block Tango” have been used before in past Broadway-esque revues on many cruise lines including Royal Caribbean.

  “Chicago; The Musical” will be performed several times during the week at the state-of-the-art Amber Theater aboard Allure of the Seas. Seats can be reserved approximately 45 days prior to sailing at Royal Caribbean’s web site. Of course, this is just one of the many entertainment venues this amazing ship will offer.  Allure of the Seas begins sailing alternate Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale beginning December 2010."

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