Meet the Cast and Go Behind the Scenes as Disney Brings Tangled to Life on Stage! (Video)

News   Meet the Cast and Go Behind the Scenes as Disney Brings Tangled to Life on Stage! (Video)
Disney has released a series of videos documenting the transformation of its animated feature "Tangled" into a new 60-minute stage musical for its Disney Magic cruise ship. The production features three additional songs and may take on further life beyond the sea.

Composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater adapted the film for the stage adaptation that premiered Nov. 11 on Disney Magic. Director Gordon Greenberg is helming Tangled.

Tangled will celebrate its opening night Nov. 14. While the production is currently only slated to play the Disney Magic cruise line, sources tell that the creative team is eager to see the show expanded into a full-length stage musical.

Disney created a completely immersive experience for the production, which transforms the 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre into a "fanciful Bavarian kingdom, immersing audiences in Rapunzel’s world and making them feel a part of her story."


The cast includes Elisha Ainsley as Rapunzel, Jimmy Larkin (Guard/Drunk Thug/Lantern Seller), David Wright Jr. (Guard, Gunther Thug, Townsperson), Nick Pankuch (Flynn Rider), Cate Cozzens (Queen, Fan, Killer Thug), Elliott Litherland (King/Captain/Thor Thug), Kyle Blair (Sage/Guard/Hook Hand Thug/Baker), Alison Davi (Lady/Fan/Guard/Wild Girl), Maris Fernandes (Lady/Fan/Guard/Fruit Seller), Courtney Leigh Halford (Nurse/Fan/Atilla Thug/Town Mom), Jeffrey Todd Stevens (Stabbington/Big Nose Thug/Flag Seller), Jacob Chancellor (Stabbington, Vladimir Thug/Metals Seller), Charis Vaughn (Fan, Bruiser Thug, Balloon Seller), Sydney Patrick (Girl/Fan), Katie Whetsell (Mother Gothel), Emma Burkholder (Rapunzel Double/Townsperson/Puppeteer), David Colston Corris (Maximus/Guard), Eric Deiboldt (Boy/Ulf Thug/Guard) and Jack Hazelton (Flynn Double/Fang/Townsperson/Puppeteer), along with swings Karl Urban and Raye Lederman.

The musical has arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Williams, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, sound design by Cricket S. Mysers, puppet design by Michael Curry, costume design by Paloma Young, scenic design by Bradley Kaye and choreography by Connor Gallagher.

Here's how it's billed: "The story follows the thrilling adventure of Rapunzel as she escapes the confines of her tower and the clutches of Mother Gothel, who wishes to shield the secret of Rapunzel's magical golden tresses and royal roots. Rapunzel strikes up an unlikely friendship with the suave, crown-stealing bandit Flynn Rider, and together they face ruffians, thugs and a budding romance on a hair-raising journey filled with classic Disney playfulness and whimsy that will delight audiences of all ages."

Songs in the musical include "When Will My Life Begin?," "Mother Knows Best," "I've Got a Dream" and "I See the Light." Newly added are "Flower of Gold," "Wanted Man" and "When She Returns."

Here's a look at Tangled's journey to the stage.

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