Special Tribute to Marilyn Monroe Featured in Multiple Venues
From Monroe to Gleason to Burton, Crystal Cruises is planning a red carpet line up for its November 2 Film & Theater voyage, presented in partnership with the award-winning Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles. A marquis rich with Old Hollywood immersion features more than a dozen performers and industry speakers with material created just for Crystal, including a special spotlight on one of the industry’s most glamorous, and legendary, figures: Marilyn Monroe.
While Crystal Symphony sails along America’s colonial coast from New York to Miami, playbill highlights include:
Legends Brought to Life on Stage
- Internationally acclaimed Marilyn Monroe tribute artist Susan Griffiths will bring her uncanny talent to sea for the first time ever with a new live cabaret show created exclusively for Crystal, Marilyn – Memories, Music and Magic.
- Crystal fan favorite Jim Brochu returns with Character Man, his newest tribute to some of Broadway’s greatest character actors, like Jackie Gleason and Zero Mostel.
- LA’s Troubador Theatre Company, or “Troubies,” will perform multiple commedia dell’arte productions onboard, including a satirical Shakespeare-meets-cinema-disco musical theater performance of Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream.
Presentations from guests such as actress Kate Burton — daughter of Richard and the current U.S. vice-president on hit TV show Scandal — and Center Theatre Group’s artistic director Michael Ritchie will provide insider tales from the show business front. A dedicated in-stateroom television channel will broadcast classic motion pictures, theater documentaries and theme presenter insights throughout the voyage. Interactive trivia games will also provide opportunities for guests to show off their entertainment knowledge.
Dinner with Marilyn
A multi-course dinner in the ship’s uber-intimate Vintage Room, featuring extraordinary wine pairings, will be hosted by “Marilyn Monroe” (Griffiths) and Marilyn fan club president, Greg Schreiner, sharing tales of Tinseltown and the star’s life.
Red Carpet Beauty Tips
Premier red carpet make-up artist William Squire will present celebrity beauty secrets for guests’ everyday lives and onboard photo opportunities, including ways Marilyn hid flaws and enhanced her beauty to create her signature style — and how her look still influences style today.
Original costumes from some of Hollywood’s greatest films will be showcased in a special musical theater production created just for Crystal, featuring Broadway veteran Karen Morrow and other special guests.
The Silver Screen
The ship’s recently-redesigned Hollywood Theatre will feature movie marathons of classic and recent films, including some of Marilyn’s greatest hits – with Turner Classic Movies film historian Jeremy Arnold providing fascinating behind-the-scenes commentary.
“It’s a privilege to collaborate with the Center Theater Group on such a unique program of entertainment and enrichment for film and theater-philes,” says Christopher Escamilla, manager of entertainment operations. “Whether you love the songs, cinema, style, stars, or just Marilyn, everyone is bound to have an amazing time feeling like a star with the Six-Star Crystal treatment throughout.”
The convenient East Coast and Caribbean itinerary visits New York, Baltimore, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville (maiden call), Turks & Caicos, Curaçao, Aruba and Miami. All-inclusive luxury cruise “Book now” fares begin at US$4,450/person for 14 days when booked by April 30.
Crystal Cruises’ award-winning entertainment offerings include a range of venues and performances, from cabaret nightclub to piano bar saloon; acclaimed productions to headline entertainers; and sophisticated enrichment activities to in-room Blu-ray-viewing, for all world travelers.