Performing Signed, Sealed, Delivered are (from left): Kashena Sampson,
Paul Bradley, Wendee Bresee, Jovani McCleary, Anastasia Lange & Kristofer Sundquist.
Our totally revamped entertainment programme, created exclusively for Silversea by Choozi Entertainment, is debuting this week aboard Silver Cloud. Additional shows will open this month on Silver Whisper (8 Nov.), Silver Wind (11 Nov.) and Silver Shadow (27 Nov.). The programme will also be rolled out to Silver Spirit in March 2012.
In a move away from traditional production shows, the new concert-style concept features an outstanding cast of classically trained vocalists and musicians performing a lively celebration of music from Motown to opera to pop and rock. The star-studded cast and production team are headed by visionary director and choreographer Christopher Childers and his sister, Suzanne Childers.
The new shows feature a unique blend of music that follows the decades and offers Silversea guests distinct choices in their entertainment options. Here's a snapshot of the shows and their venues:
Signed, Sealed, Delivered -- A musical journey through Motown's prolific songbook. Capturing the essence of this musical genre, the cast recreates the iconic choreography with a contemporary feel, taking the audience back to a time when America captured the world's imagination with this fabulous music.
High C's -- Classical music and well-known arias take the stage to enchant and delight. From Puccini to Verdi to the most popular songwriters of today, Hi C's takes the classics and gives them a fresh twist, in the same manner as Il Divo, Josh Groban, and Sarah Brightman.
Fabbalicious -- The music of ABBA comes alive as the cast faithfully recreates the original sound and iconic look of the legendary '70s Swedish pop group. Designed to get the audience on their feet, singing and dancing along with the cast, this show celebrates what is arguably the most infectious and fun music of our time.
Decades -- From Madonna to Lady Gaga, and almost everyone in between, this fun-filled deck party is a tongue-in-cheek look at pop music through the decades … from glam rock, to electronica, to dance pop. Famous stars come to life as costumes are pulled from a trunk and the performers become one music legend after the next.
In addition to headlining shows, performers on each ship will showcase the songbook of different composers or musicals in intimate, club-like settings, such as the Panorama Lounge. The musical selections currently planned are Lennon and McCartney, on Silver Cloud; Boublil and Schönberg, the creators of Miss Saigon and Les Misérables, on Silver Whisper; Billy Joel's songbook from the Tony Award-winning show Movin' Out, on Silver Wind; and today's newest musicals … from the West End to Broadway, on Silver Shadow.
Christopher Childers, who toured with Madonna, Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil, has assembled an impressive team to create these shows. Michael Brennan, whose Broadway credits include Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!, and The Lion King, is serving as musical director. His current role as musical director for Le Rêve at Wynn Las Vegas has allowed him to work closely with Childers, who is the artistic coordinator for Le Rêve. Scott Phillips, noted lighting designer from the mega hit Human Nature is another integral part of the creative team and Suzanne Childers has designed and fashioned the costuming inspired by haute couture.
Here's a selection of photos from the shows this week:
From left, Kristofer Sunquist, Kashena Sampson & Jovani McCleary,
performing Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
Singing opera in The Show Lounge are (from left): Kashena
Sampson, Kristofer Sundquist, Wendee Bresee & Jovani McLeary.
High C's singers are (from left): Wendee Bresee, Jovani McCleary,
Anastasia Lange & Kashena Sampson.
Wendee Bresee wears baroque-style masquerade mask as she welcomes
Venetian Society members to a special cocktail party, with Silver Cloud
Captain Luigi Rutigliano in the background.
Wendee Bresee & Kristofer Sunquist perform opera in La Terrazza
and The Restaurant.
Baritoner Jovani McLeary engages with the audience.