Princess Cruises Unveils The Secret Silk on the Royal Princess

by Michael Eddy

Princess Cruises celebrated the premiere of The Secret Silk, the newest offering from it's partnership with Stephen Schwartz, the Oscar-, Grammy- and Tony Award-winning composer of Wicked, Godspell, and Pippin. Joining Schwartz aboard Royal Princess for the premiere was the Tony Award nominated director/creator John Tartaglia.

Overseeing the creative development of four entertainment shows for Princess Cruises, Schwartz brings together an illustrious team of Broadway talent to support the productions through direction and design. The Secret Silk is created and directed by Tartaglia and the creative team includes, scenic design by Tony Award nominee Anna Louizos, costumes by Tony Award winner Clint Ramos, lighting design by Kelly Easterling, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, choreography by Shannon Lewis, and music direction from Brad Ellis.

The Secret Silk is a story of an Asian folkloric tale with a contemporary spin, featuring inspired performances through the use of music, dance, puppetry, and special effects. Adapted from the ancient fable The Grateful Crane, the story features Lan, a beautiful, selfless young woman who possesses a magical gift, secretly creating brilliant silk fabrics. Audiences will be introduced to original life-size puppetry from Jim Henson's Creature Shop, and an original song, "Sing to the Sky," both created exclusively for the production.

In addition to the Royal Princess, The Secret Silk will be rolled out on Island Princess for the 2018 summer Alaska season, and Diamond Princess in winter 2018, sailing year-round Japan.