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15 Mar

Princess Cruises Announces New Magic Musical

Category: Blog   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

Princess Cruises is pleased to announce a first-of-its-kind cruise industry partnership with three-time Oscar-winner and composer of Wicked, Pippin and Godspell, Stephen Schwartz. The new relationship with such a major creative talent from Broadway and Hollywood includes a multi-year agreement to oversee the creative development of four new musicals to debut across the fleet over the next several years.

During his 40-year 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 has been nominated for six Tony Awards. He is the only songwriter in Broadway history to ever have three shows run more than 1,900 performances.

His first musical for Princess Cruises will celebrate Schwartz’s lifelong fascination with magic. Called, Magic to Do, the show will combine thrilling magic with some of Schwartz’s most famous songs and a brand new song written exclusively for Princess. The show will debut aboard Crown Princess in the fall.  

“Stephen is hands down one of the most talented and accomplished Broadway composers of all time, and we couldn’t be more honored to partner with him to create memorable entertainment experiences for our guests,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises President. “Princess is known for introducing product innovations and we’re thrilled to embark on this extraordinary new live-show entertainment, unlike anything any cruise line has ever before offered.”  

"I'm excited about the possibility of using the enormous resources available with Princess to create new and innovative theatrical entertainment," said Schwartz. "Their onboard theatres are Broadway-caliber venues with state-of-the-art technical capability, and coupled with their access to first-rate performers, I see it as an extraordinary and almost irresistible opportunity. I have already received overwhelming and enthusiastic interest from talented colleagues – writers, directors, and designers to whom I have spoken – and I hope together we will create new kinds of cruise ship shows to entertain and inspire Princess guests unlike any other productions at sea."

Schwartz will oversee the creative development for all four shows, bringing together a cadre of Broadway talent to support the productions through direction and design. Learn more about Stephen's award winning team

In addition, Jim Steinmeyer, the mastermind behind many of the great magic illusions over the last 25 years, will create the magic experience in Magic to Do. Steinmeyer has worked with some of the greatest magicians of all time including Doug Henning, Siegfried & Roy and David Copperfield.

Here is the casting call:

Singers, Dancers, Magicians Open Call

Princess Cruises

Category: Performer


Princess Cruises seeks experienced singers, technically‐trained dancers, and a seasoned magician. Please bring a copy of current resume and headshot to audition. NO CRUISE STAFF DUTIES. Onboard accommodation and food provided. Cruising Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii. Auditions to be scheduled in Toronto, Vancouver, and Los Angeles in the near future.

Creative Team:
Gabriel Barre - Director
Mark Hartman - Musical Director
Jennifer Paulson-Lee - Choreographer

Contract Begins: June 2015 - travel to Los Angeles, CA
Board Ship: August 2015 - West Coast
Contract Length: 6 months

-Substantial professional experience required
-Must move well
-Male 1: plays 25-30; Low C to High A
-Male 2: plays 35-45; Low A to High G
-Female 1: plays 25-30; Middle C to (Soprano) High A
-Female 2: plays 35-45; Low G to High D (belt)

-Must have strong technical training, including tap, and outgoing personalities
-Experience with magic, circus acts, juggling, mime and puppetry desirable

-Play 25-45
-Capable of sleight of hand techniques
-Some experience with large illusions desirable
-Singing not required
-Email for appointment time

If you are unable to attend open calls, to submit for an appointment email

If you have any questions, please email


Job Start Date:



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Audition Information


Monday, March 16 - 10am: Male and Female Singers Open Call

Monday, March 16 - 2:30pm: Female Dancers Open Call

Tuesday, March 17 - 10am: Male Dancer Open Call

Tuesday, March 17 - 2pm: Male and Female Singers Open Call

Tuesday, March 17 - 4pm: Callbacks for Singers and Dancers



Ripley Grier Studios
520 8th Ave.
Rm. 16E
New York, NY 10018


What to Prepare:

Singers should prepare 16 bars of one uptempo and one ballad of pop or Broadway material. Accompanist will be provided for singers. Playback from mp3 line (iPod) also available. Singer callbacks will require applicants to learn basic choreography.

Dancers will be taught a ballet/jazz combination. Bring appropriate dancewear, including tap shoes. Dancers should prepare 16 bars of uptempo or ballad for callbacks.

Magicians prepare two routines of 'parlour' magic. All magicians email for appointment times.



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