(1:45 p.m. EDT) — With its new luxury ship Explorer debuting in July, Regent Seven Seas is bringing four new shows to its theater, including a version of Burn the Floor, popular on sister company Norwegian Cruise Line.
Regent Seven Seas President Jason Montague announced details of the entertainment today at a news conference at Seatrade Global, a cruise industry event in Fort Lauderdale.
Richard Ambrose, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ vice president of entertainment, said the vessel that the company is calling "the most luxurious ship at sea" deserves the best entertainment at sea.
The four shows for the Constellation Theater include:
— An homage to the American jazz and popular music crooner, this show explores her career with songs such as , and . This original show is directed by William Whitener, who has performed, choreographed and directed on Broadway. The show will include new arrangements of the icon’s famous hits. This show will be exclusive to Seven Seas Explorer.
— Regent Seven Seas’ version of the show popular on Norwegian Breakaway, Getaway and Escape will take the audience back to February 9, 1964 when Beatlemania and the British Invasion hit North America during the Ed Sullivan Show. Dances will include The Jive, Swing, Fosse, Contemporary, The Madison and The Twist. This will be created by Peter Roby, Burn the Floor creative producer. “Trust me, it will blow your socks off,” Ambrose said.
— Paradis will be a burlesque blend of Parisian-style songs, dances and costumes. It is directed by veteran Broadway and Off-Broadway choreographer Patricia Wilcox. Ambrose described the show as inspired. The show will be heavy on the theatrics, with more than 300 costumes. “It’s a singing, dancing extravaganza,” Ambrose said.
— This Tony Award-winning show features music written for the movies, such as Rainbow, Thanks and . Six “zany” characters will lead you through music from the 1920s to the 1960s, Ambrose said. also will be exclusive to Seven Seas Explorer.
The shows for Explorer are being developed by Julliard-trained Jeremy Fenn-Smith and will be performed by a cast of 12 singers and dancers, accompanied by a live seven-piece orchestra.
In addition to the shows for Explorer, the line announced that it would make a “multimillion dollar investment” to upgrade entertainment across the fleet, including a refurbishment of the theaters onboard. That’s in addition to the $125 million the line already has said it will invest in updating the fleet.
The refurbishments will begin with Seven Seas Navigator in May, followed by Voyager in October and Mariner in early spring 2017. Each ship will add a wide range of entertainment, from Broadway shows to comedic productions, the line said. While and will be Explorer exclusives, other new shows will be developed for the other ships in the fleet.
“This will be the most exciting 12-month period,” in Regent’s history, Montague said.