(11:20 a.m. EDT) -- "The Secret Silk" is the latest production show to be rolled out to Princess Cruises ships, developed through the line's partnership with Stephen Schwartz -- the Oscar-, Grammy- and Tony Award-winning composer behind "Wicked," "Godspell" and "Pippin."
Now playing on Royal Princess and coming soon to Island Princess and Diamond Princess, the show is one of three Stephen Schwartz productions; the others are "Magic to Do" and "Born to Dance" and are found on other ships. The shows are part of a move by Princess to overhaul its fleetwide entertainment offerings with Broadway-caliber shows that appeal to all ages.
"We are really big on multigenerational get-togethers and celebrations, and so we want people of all ages to be able to enjoy our entertainment," said Gordon Ho, senior vice president of marketing for Princess Cruises.
Cruise Critic got a first look at the "The Secret Silk" -- adapted from the Japanese fable, "The Grateful Crane" -- during its official reveal onboard Royal Princess on February 28, while the ship was docked in Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades. The visuals are unlike any show we've seen on a Princess ship, thanks to the high-quality special effects and puppets from Jim Henson's creature shop, and a unique collaboration between Schwartz and Tony Award-nominated director and creator John Tartaglia.
We loved our sneak peek of "The Secret Silk" aboard #RoyalPrincess!— Cruise Critic (@CruiseCritic) February 28, 2018
This is Stephen Schwartz’s latest show (he's the Producer for "Godspell" and "Wicked") and he has a few other shows running on @PrincessCruises ships. https://t.co/RxnyS8MLZf pic.twitter.com/KTQh0B8tEM
Additionally, Asian-inspired renditions of iconic songs like Sarah McLachlan's "In the Arms of an Angel," The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" and Christina Aguilera's "Fighter" bring a sense of familiarity to the original production.
"I think it's the director-creator vision that gives each of the Stephen Schwartz shows a little bit of nuance and difference between them," added Ho.
Island Princess will be the next ship to receive "The Secret Silk" in May 2018, in time to kick off its Alaska season, followed by Diamond Princess in fall 2018.
Schwartz's "Magic to Do" can be found on Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess and Crown Princess, while "Born to Dance" headlines Grand Princess, Regal Princess, Golden Princess and Star Princess.
Watch teaser trailers for each show on Princess Cruises' website.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor