Hairspray

Royal Caribbean will add Broadway show "Hairspray" to Symphony of the Seas

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25Sep2017

Royal Caribbean announced today that the Broadway musical "Hairspray" will be the featured Broadway show on its newest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas.

Original Hairspray cast from Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean made the announcement via Twitter.

Hairspray originally played on Oasis of the Seas before being replaced by Cats in the fall of 2014.

Symphony of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean's fourth Oasis Class cruise ship.  It is under construction at the STX shipyard in France. The ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2018.

Did Royal Caribbean go too far at Tony Awards?

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13Jun2012

Royal Caribbean has made quite an impact on the Broadway community after Sunday's Tony Awards, when Oasis of the Seas' production of Hairspray was performed live during the annual award ceremony.

Some are saying the spot, which Royal Caribbean paid the Broadway League for the time, was an example of product placement gone too far.  Royal Caribbean and the Tony Award organizers are defending the act as a good fit.

The bit began with actor Harvey Fierstein walking on stage wearing a tuxedo jacket, a blue plastic inflatable inner-tube hugging his stomach, pink swim trunks, and hoisting a cocktail glass sporting a tiny umbrella.   Fierstein promoted Royal Caribbean's Broadway productions on select ships in the fleet and then we were shown a live show from the Beacon Theatre aboard Oasis of the Seas, where the sailing troupe of performers entertained audiences with two numbers from "Hairspray."

Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League doesn't think there was anything wrong with the sponsorship, "We thought it worked. They are a sponsor, they paid us to do it, and we felt that it was a good fit for the Tony Awards.  One of our goals is to spread the message about Broadway and make theater more accessible to people."

She added that this wasn't the first time the producers have tried to liven up the program, once simulcasting a musical number from Times Square. The cruise-line promotion, in the works for nearly a year, was simply a bid to reach new theater patrons, she said.

Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Lyan Sierra-Caro was also happy with how the production went, "We were very excited to bring our world-class entertainment to the millions of viewers watching last night's Tony Awards.  We also are thrilled to have partnered with the Broadway League to showcase the Broadway shows we offer onboard our ships."

On the flip side, many writers, social media commentators and others thought the spot was too much of a commercial.  Others in the theater community were more upset about the fact nonunion actors were used.

What do you think?  Was the Royal Caribbean spot tasteful?  Or was it a case of advertising going too far?

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas to perform Hairspray at Tony Awards

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04Jun2012

Royal Caribbean's performance of Hairspray will be performed live at the Tony Awards this year.  The cast aboard Oasis of the Seas will take place in the ship's Opal Theater and broadcast live to the show.

Royal Caribbean has been named an official partner of the 66th Annual Tony Awards, which will be part of the live broadcast airing on CBS from the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Sunday, June 10, 2012.

Royal Caribbean CEO Adam Goldstein commented on the news, "We couldn't be more excited to partner with the Tony Awards to give the audience a taste of our genuine Broadway productions, which include Saturday Night Fever, as well as the Tony award-winning musicals Hairspray and Chicago: The Musical. These amazing performances, along with a host of other entertainment options including our unparalleled DreamWorks Experience, our dive and aqua shows plus ice skating performances, afford our guests an unparalleled vacation that is second to none."

Royal Caribbean holding open auditions for Hairspray cast aboard Oasis of the Seas

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16Aug2011

If you're an aspiring actor and have a love for cruising, perhaps your dream job opportunity is finally here.  Royal Caribbean is holding auditions in Chicago, IL August 16-18 for its Hairspray show on Oasis of the Seas.  Auditions take place at Lou Conte Dance Studio.

The auditions, being held by Royal Caribbean Productions, are looking for Professional Singers, Dancers and Improvisational Comedic Actors to perform in its Hairspray show as well as another show on Oasis of the Seas, "Come Fly With Me".

Singers - Come prepared with your best 16 - 32 bars of 2 contrasting up-tempos: 1st style Musical Theater (a la Hairspray) and 2nd, a Contemporary Pop/R&B piece. Sheet music is required in the proper key. Singers will also be taught a movement combination.

Dancers - (not required to sing) - We are casting versatile dancers who are athletic with strong technique in ballet and jazz. Tap dancing and dancers who have aerial skills a plus, however not required.

Improvisational Comedic Actors - We are casting Improvisational Comedic Actors with at least 2 years performance experience. Play age range 30 - 40 yrs old (see below). Teaching experience a plus. Come prepared to improvise and read sides from the musical Hairspray.

They will also be casting for all 21 ships.

AUGUST 16TH
9:00AM - Singer Open Call Sign-in
9:30AM - Singer Open Call Auditions

AUGUST 17TH
9:00AM - Singer Callbacks
3:00PM - Improvisational Comedian/Actor Audition (please plan to stay for
the afternoon)

AUGUST 18TH
9:00AM - Dancer Sign-in
9:30AM - Dancer Audition

Casting Improvisational Comedian/Actors to fill the following roles:

VELMA VON TUSSLE
Female, Caucasian, plays 40s, may look younger. A former beauty
queen. Upscale, attractive, and prejudiced snob who always wants
her daughter in the spotlight.

PRUDY PINGLETON
Female, Caucasian, Actress plays various zany roles including Prudy
Pingleton, uptight and small-minded mother. Also plays a sadistic
high school gym teacher. Must be a sharp, funny, inventive character.

WILBUR TURNBLAD
Male, Caucasian, plays 40s - 50s. A working class inventor. Sweet, goofy,
childlike personality. Funny, good character singer (vocal ability
preferable and not necessary.) Also plays various zany roles including a
condescending high school principal; a flamboyant fashion boutique owner; a
cop. Must be an inventive character actor. We will be casting Singers to
fill the following roles:

EDNA TURNBLAD (STARRING ROLE/COMEDIAN/BASS-BARITONE)
Male to play female, Caucasian, large physique, plays 40s-50s. Sincere and
honest, not camp drag. Strong acting and comic ability a must. 60's
Baltimore housewife, "larger-than-life" character actor with singing
ability to convincingly play mother of Tracy.

TRACY TURNBLAD (STARRING ROLE/SINGER/ MEZZO)
Female, Caucasian, 5'3' or shorter, to play high school age. Must be
heavyset. Outgoing, unstoppable, goodhearted with vibrant, lovable,
spirited personality. Loves to dance. Strong pop belt singer and great
mover.

LINK LARKIN (SINGER/HIGH BARITONE)
Male, Caucasian, to play high school age. Handsome, sexy, clean-cut,
goodhearted, down-to-earth. The heartthrob of the local TV teen dance show.
Strong pop singer and great mover.

MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE (SINGER)
Female, African-American, plays 40s - 50s. Seaweed and Little Inez's
mother. Queen of Baltimore Soul, a radio DJ. Powerful and inspiring, with
infectious, brassy personality. Strong, soulful, gospel/pop singer.

CORNY COLLINS (SINGER/TENOR)
Male, Caucasian, plays 30s. Host of the local TV teen dance show.
Handsome, charming, engaging, smooth. Strong pop singer, movement a plus.

SEAWEED J. STUBBS (SINGER/TENOR)
Male, African-American, to play high school age; Penny's boyfriend. Cool,
sexy, street smart, goodhearted. Strong, soulful, tenor pop singer and
great mover.

PENNY PINGLETON (SINGER/HIGH BELT)
Female, Caucasian, to play high school age. Ditzy, neurotic, devoted best
friend of Tracy. Very funny with good physique. Pop singer with strong
belt, good mover.

LITTLE INEZ (SINGER/HIGH BELT)
Female, African-American, plays young, Seaweed's lovable little sister.
Spunky, tough, streetwise, outgoing, older than her years. Soulful voice,
strong belt, great mover.

AMBER VON TUSSLE
(This role will be cast out of the dancers. It is a speaking role with
non-singing requirements)

Photo of the Day: Cast of Hairspray

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28Sep2010

Photo by Padraic Connelly