'Hairspray' Headline Royal Caribbean's New Symphony of the Seas Cruise Ship

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I'm a bit surprised....
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Guess RCI is recycling the shows. I saw Hairspray on the Allure in April 2011. Great production and show back then.
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Originally posted by truffles2
I'm a bit surprised....
Shocked more like it...a total lack of "newness" for a new ship.
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I too saw it on Oasis and enjoyed it quite a bit. Will be happy to eventually see it on Symphony. BUT, as noted, it’s a new ship. Was looking forward to a new show. I admit I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to this, but thought some of the hints were leading to Phantom.

I guess there’s just so many shows to go around, particularly as other cruise lines are scooping them up to. If it were a competition, NCL Bliss wins with “Jersey Boys”.
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Oh man, I love Hairspray.

I'm surprised a cruise ship would do Jersey Boys. Cursing and all? Also a great show.
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Originally posted by Dennis#1
Guess RCI is recycling the shows. I saw Hairspray on the Allure in April 2011. Great production and show back then.

Sorry. Wrong ship. It was Oasis. Another senior moment.
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While "Grease" was new to RCCL when it debuted on the Harmony, it had played on cruise ships before (NCL back in the late 80s/early 90s timeframe). There are a limited number of shows that can be cast easily, have containable production costs, broad audience appeal and "work" on cruise ships. While Phantom is a wonderful show, with amazing music, it requires VERY specific talents of it's principals, would be expensive to mount and may have limited appeal to cruise passengers. Just look at CATS on the Oasis - many open seats, and reports of 1/3 to 1/2 of attendees choosing to leave at intermission and not return. CATS is an excellent show, just not well suited to the cruise ship environment, especially at over 2 1/2 hrs running time.

RCCL seem to want to focus on broad appeal, name brand recognition, family friendly, upbeat entertainment. Hairspray ticks all of those boxes. Could RCCL have chosen another show? Sure .... would it have the same appeal to potential passengers? Maybe/Maybe not. This is a safe "sure" bet for guest satisfaction.
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Originally posted by AnnaDarel
I'm surprised a cruise ship would do Jersey Boys. Cursing and all? Also a great show.
NCL does not hesitate to offer shows/entertainment that is not suitable for younger audiences, or have themes some might find objectionable. Current shows like Priscilla on EPIC, For The Record on Escape, Rock of Ages on Breakaway and Million Dollar Quartet on Getaway all contain either strong language and/or adult themes.

RCCL prefer a more mainstream product that is suitable for all ages and a broader range of tastes, hence why certain shows may not be shown on RCCL that NCL would produce.
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Originally posted by AtlantaCruiser72
NCL does not hesitate to offer shows/entertainment that is not suitable for younger audiences, or have themes some might find objectionable. Current shows like Priscilla on EPIC, For The Record on Escape, Rock of Ages on Breakaway and Million Dollar Quartet on Getaway all contain either strong language and/or adult themes.

RCCL prefer a more mainstream product that is suitable for all ages and a broader range of tastes, hence why certain shows may not be shown on RCCL that NCL would produce.
Did you ever get to see Chicago on Allure? They had no problem dropping the F bomb a few times.
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Originally posted by steamboats
Nope, Hairspray was on Oasis from 2009 til 2014. Allure had Chicago from 2010 til 2015.

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This is correct...I saw Hairspray on Oasis 2014 and saw Chicago on Allure in 2012
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Originally posted by Aquahound
Did you ever get to see Chicago on Allure? They had no problem dropping the F bomb a few times.
Honestly never ever heard the F-bomb with Chicago on Allure. Have seen the show twice on the ship?
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Originally posted by Thetrail
Honestly never ever heard the F-bomb with Chicago on Allure. Have seen the show twice on the ship?
You've got me questioning my memory now. Maybe it wasn't the F bomb. It might have been a GD. In fact, the more I think of it, the more I'm leaning toward the GD.

I know it was something though.