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    So who wants to become a cruise ship star? Here's your chance!


    Attention all performers. As Broadway increases its presence on the high seas, Norwegian Cruise Line has put out a casting call for its shipboard production of the Tony Award-nominated musical Legally Blonde, onboard the soon-to-debut 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway.

    The contract is from November to June, with decent pay. But to land a part you'll face stiff competition.

    For the cruise line's production of the raucous hit Broadway show Rock of Ages on sister ship Norwegian Breakaway, which debuted earlier this year, the producers and casting agency received more than 5,000 resumes. More than 600 performers were auditioned in a New York studio for the 15 roles.

    Not everyone is suited to being a cruise ship performer.

    "You live on the ship 24/7, and when you go home you're at work," said Richard Kilman, director of entertainment programming and development at Norwegian.

    Still, the performance part of the cruise job is very similar to what singers and dancers experience on land.

    "It's the same staff running back of the house from the production crew to wardrobe. It's a full-on production like a touring production or on Broadway," Kilman said.

    Specifically for a cruise ship audience, Legally Blonde, like Rock of Ages, is being trimmed to about 90 minutes, but by the same writers involved with the original show. This eliminates the need for an intermission.

    Royal Caribbean, which originated the concept of real Broadway shows at sea, similarly trimmed its shipboard productions of Hairspray, Chicago and Saturday Night Fever (on the Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Independence of the Seas, respectively).

    The Legally Blonde storyline centers on Elle Woods, a California Valley Girl who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School (Reese Witherspoon played the lead role in the movie on which the musical is based).

    The cast of Legally Blonde, and all of Norwegian's fleet-wide entertainment productions, will rehearse in Tampa, where the Miami-based cruise line recently leased 46,000-square-feet of space in an industrial park. It's being turned into six large permanent studios.

    Some 200 singers, dancers and production crew will train there at any one time, Norwegian officials said. About 30 are involved in each show.

    Performers chosen for Legally Blonde on Norwegian Getaway will get a chance to see a bit of the world, training shipboard in Germany, where the ship is under construction, and visiting The Netherlands and UK before a transatlantic crossing.

    The ship will cruise weekly from Miami to the Caribbean.

    By Fran Golden, Special to USA TODAY

    For more cruise news & articles go to http://www.cruisecrazies.com/index.html

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    Think they might ever cast a show called 'Legally Middle Aged'??

    We would so go to see that show! Especially if you were in it Mach! :laugh:

    How wonderfully nice of you!

    However, I think the entertainment value would be a bit on the limited side... :wink2: Now, give me a chance to build you my Rum Punch and I can GUARANTEE a good time!!!

    (THAT'S what I call entertainment!!! :laugh: )

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    I can sing, I can dance, but I'm a red-head (okay today I'm a red-head who knows what I will be tomorrow) but... I'm too old.. *sigh* story of my life.. My best friend's son is on the Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Sea's as part of the Cast and Entertainment Crew.. He is a very talented young man and I am so proud of him... So, if you are booked on the Vision of the Seas.. and happen to see Wade Lowman ... that's 'my' boy!!!! okay so he's not mine but... LOL... He's the best!!!

    It would be a wonderful opportunity for some young person trying to get started in show business... to have this opportunity... and to travel all over the world and get paid for it... Wade had been to Russia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Scotland, England, and several other places... He will soon be moving back to Miami and be on the Miami to the Bahamas run... He loves it!

    Singing and dancing my way off...

    Later all...

    Karen

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    Well...can't sing... or dance anymore, but did act on stage on my first cruise...called up on stage by the cruise director to be the heroine...LOL Got a few laughs, too...LOL That's only because when the cruise director said I looked hesitant to be up on stage I just said, "that's because I have to go to the bathroom." Had lots of laughs on that one...LOL Seriously, it does sound like a great chance for some.

    Mach...I would go see that show!

    Karen...I would love to hear you sing!

    Jan...have heard your daughter sing on video...that would be a great start for her. She is very talented.

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