NORWEGIAN EPIC’S ENTERTAINMENT GETS BIGGER FOR INAUGURAL SEASON IN EUROPE
Written by: Cruise News
May 12, 2011.
Norwegian Cruise Line continues to change the face of cruise ship entertainment with Norwegian Epic, its largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship ever, by adding new entertainment to appeal to an international audience for her inaugural season in Europe. The award-winning Norwegian Epic will also continue to offer the popular Blue Man Group; Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner; Legends in Concert; Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos Show; Slam Allen Blues Band*; and Nickelodeon™ on every sailing.
“Norwegian Epic has taken cruise ship entertainment to a new level with world-class performances and multiple entertainment options,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “We had such a popular response during Epic’s inaugural season that we wanted to customize the entertainment to fit the broader, international audiences for her first season in Europe.”
Headliner’s Comedy and Musical Acts
Four unique performances will replace The Second City Comedy Troupe in Headliner’s Comedy Club. Three of the four 45-minute shows will be offered each week.
Lost Locos Ole! is a fast paced Latin music comedy features three Latin Machos who duel with their ingenious slapstick, manic comedy and flamenco guitars. The show promises pop musical parodies, musical performances ranging from Flamenco to rock, dancing from salsa to swing, all ending in a Grande Fiesta. The comedy has won accolades and been described as funny, unpredictable and spectacular.
Stephen Sorrentino, a talented musical comedian and impressionist, comes straight from Las Vegas to perform Voices in My Head, an act that has earned him the title of “Male Impressionist of the Year” by the International Guild of Celebrity Impersonators and Tribute Acts. His performance, appropriate for guests of all ages, showcases Stephen’s ability to impersonate over 180 different voices and play numerous musical instruments.
The Maestranza Spanish Ballet mixes the influences of Arabic and flamenco dance with Spanish techniques to create a sophisticated performance. The Flamenco guitarist, along with traditional Spanish castanets, provides the rhythm for the three Flamenco dancers. The performers in their colorful costumes lead the audience on a journey of passion.
The Extraordinary Voyage is a musical comedy marionette show that tells the story of a jealous husband and his beautiful wife through Mexican songs and Spanish flamenco. The “Cabaret on Stings” is performed by only two people and ends with a grand finale of 19 marionettes performing in a gypsy-like choir.
A brand new addition to Norwegian Epic’s line-up of entertainment, the Beatles Tribute, an internationally acclaimed concert, provides guests with an authentic live performance using all original instruments. The 45-minute show will take place in the ship’s outdoor venue, Spice H20, giving guests the chance to experience an evening summer concert three nights per cruise. The tribute band will perform popular hits such as “Let it Be,” “Yesterday,” and “A Hard Day’s Night,” as they journey through the ten years of the world phenomena that was the Beatles.
Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The blissful party atmosphere created at their live events has become the trademark of a Blue Man Group experience and is now performed for the first time ever at sea only on Norwegian Epic. The group performs eight 75-minute shows during a seven-day cruise in the ship’s Epic Theater.
Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner
Famed producer/director Neil Goldberg created Cirque Dreams & Dinner solely for the Spiegel Tent, the only “big top” at sea. This one-of -a-kind, interactive entertainment and dining experience is performed in the air, while juggling dinner courses with music, mayhem and acrobatic imagination. During this two-hour show, guests marvel in amazement and become part of a celebration of spectacle and fantasy. The entire experience, available eleven shows of each sailing, is unlike anything at sea.
Legends in Concert
Internationally acclaimed Legends In Concert is known as the pioneer of live celebrity impersonator shows and possesses the greatest collection of celebrity tribute artists ever assembled. For the European season, tribute artists include Shakira, Whitney Houston and Elton John. The three celebrity tribute performers take the stage in the ship’s Epic Theater for six 45-minute live shows over three days during a seven-day cruise. In addition, an “unplugged” show is performed on three additional nights in the Manhattan Room, the ship’s New York-inspired supper club, providing an unprecedented dining and entertainment experience on Norwegian Epic.
Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos Show
Performing four times per cruise in Headliners, Norwegian Epic’s comedy club, Howl at the Moon is a total entertainment experience where the talented piano players not only entertain the guests; the guests become part of the show. The fun is centered around two baby grand pianos and a full out rock show with Howl’s entertainers playing the best music from 70’s rock to hip-hop for four hours per show. Howl at the Moon, with multiple locations across the United States, encourages people to live out their inner rock star, so guests should be ready to clap, sing, dance and howl.
Slam Allen Blues Band
Slam Allen Blues Band continues to jam out on Norwegian Epic as the official Fat Cats house blues band. Slam Allen first appeared on Norwegian Epic during the ship’s inaugural launch in June, 2010 and has since become a staple. With Slam at the helm, the band develops an incredible rapport with guests and other entertainers on board in four hour-long jam sessions six nights per cruise. Slam Allen will be on a brief hiatus from July 17 through August 28, 2011. During this time, Roadside Louie and the Dusters, a Memphis-based blues band personally selected by Slam, will play in Fat Cats.
Nickelodeon Family Entertainment
Each cruise features live Nickelodeon-themed interactive shows, including: SlimeTime LIVE!; Breakfast with Nickelodeon; Nick Live Poolside entertainment; Nick-themed dance parties and opportunities for kids to visit with their favorite Nick characters.
So that guests are ensured of seeing the incredible entertainment on board, Norwegian has created advanced, online ticketing for many of these performances including Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams & Dinner, Legends in Concert, Headliner’s Comedy and Musical Acts (one advance booking per cruise), Nickelodeon Slime Time Live!, and Breakfast with Nickelodeon. Booked guests can go to the Norwegian website, www.ncl.com, log in to the “My NCL” section and visit a special entertainment page where they can select and reserve their desired performance. Guests may make a reservation for each show once per sailing. Online reservations for entertainment open 45 days prior to a sailing date.
Norwegian Epic will sail from Barcelona, Spain from May 22 through October 23, 2011. Guests will have the opportunity to visit Florence (Livorno), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples, Italy; and Palma, Majorca, Spain, as well as enjoy two relaxing days at sea.