Princess Cruises and DMI Soundtracks today announced the 14-track musical companion to the line’s celebrated show, “Magic To Do,” from the Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-winning composer of “Wicked,” “Pippin,” and “Godspell” Stephen Schwartz, is available today for digital pre-order on iTunes, with the release date on CD, digital download and through streaming services on September 9. The album is the first of its kind by a cruise line, and gives listeners the opportunity to bring home the wondrous world of song from “Magic to Do.”
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“Magic to Do,” Schwartz’s first of four productions being developed for the cruise line, celebrates his lifelong fascination with magic and combines thrilling illusions with some of his most famous songs, such as “Magic to Do” from “Pippin” and “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked.” The show also includes a brand new song written exclusively for Princess entitled “A Little Magic,” and features two songs written during the development of the “Houdini musical,” titled “Beyond Belief” and “It’ll Be Me.” Brought to life by a vibrant cast, imaginative costumes and make-up, stunning scenic designs and baffling illusions “Magic to Do” originally debuted in the Princess Theater aboard Crown Princess in October 2015, and is now also available aboard Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess.
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“Collaborating with Stephen and his creative team has been an incredible honor for our entertainment team,” said Adrian Fischer, vice president, entertainment experience for Princess Cruises. “Magic to Do” can only be seen on a Princess cruise and we’re thrilled to be the first cruise line to offer an original cast recording album to such a fantastic production show.”
The “Magic to Do” original cast recording features 14 of Schwartz’s most famous songs. The track list includes:
- Magic to Do
- Before Your Very Eyes
- Corner of the Sky
- No Time at All
- Day by Day
- Just Because it’s Magic
- Defying Gravity
- Beyond Belief (premiere recording)
- It’ll Be Me (premiere recording)
- Colors of the Wind (music by Alan Menken)
- A Little Magic (premiere recording)
- When You Believe
During his 40-year entertainment career, Schwartz has won four Grammys, three Academy Awards for “Best Song” and “Best Score” for “Pocahontas” and “Best Song” for “The Prince of Egypt” and received the Isabelle Stevenson special Tony Award. He is the only songwriter in Broadway history ever to have three shows run more than 1,900 performances.
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This partnership with such a major creative talent from Broadway and Hollywood includes a multi-year collaboration to oversee the creative development of a total of four new musicals to debut across the fleet over the next several years. This adds to the cruise line’s Come Back New Promise, designed to elevate the onboard guest experience resulting in more transformative moments, lifetime memories and meaningful stories to share from a cruise vacation.
Princess Cruises recently announced the second musical production show created in collaboration with Schwartz and his team of professions creators, entitled “Born to Dance” – a tribute to Broadway choreography featuring inspired performances that celebrate some of Broadway’s most famous hits. The show will debut in fall 2016.