Princess Cruises is set to debut a new show from The Jim Henson Company onboard the new Sky Princess in 2019 and the Enchanted Princess in 2020. Called Jim Henson’s Inspired Silliness, the new all-ages puppet show will be helmed by Director John Tartaglia.
New and exclusive to Princess Cruises, Jim Henson’s Inspired Silliness recreates and reimagines several of Jim Henson’s early works in a 30-minute performance that incorporates comedy, music and the Henson style of puppetry. The show will also have a cast of new puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, including several newly designed characters, as well as a lighthearted video introduction by Jim Henson’s son, Brian Henson.
John Tartaglia’s directing credits include The Wizard of Oz, Shrek the Musical and Tarzan (Muny). He also served as resident director of Avenue Q while the show was off-Broadway. In addition to puppets by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the show will also include sets by Anna Louizos, a three-time Tony Award nominee who has designed sets for such Broadway musicals as School of Rock, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, In the Heights and more.
The Sky Princess officially joined the Princess Cruises fleet this week. The new ship, which debuts the line’s new Sky Suites and is the latest to offer its MedallionClass tech-enhanced vacation experience, will spend its debut season in Europe before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale to operate a season of Caribbean cruises starting December 1. The Enchanted Princess is a sibling vessel to the Sky Princess, and it is scheduled to make its debut in June 2020.