Installing Swing!, Blazing Boots, and Get Down Tonight on the Norwegian Gem

img_9657We just returned home to New York City after directing for Norwegian Cruise Line this fall. Over the course of six weeks we taught in Tampa, Florida at Norwegian Creative Studios alongside the original directors for Swing! the musical, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and Get Down Tonight, John Skufca, and installed these shows on our own for the first time aboard the Norwegian Gem. We had the pleasure of working with aerial coach Salina Bartunek of AntiGravity in rehearsals and Samantha became certified by AntiGravity to install the bungee element in Swing! on the ship on her own—-a true honor as Samantha was one of the aerialists and flight captain as a dancer on the first Swing! NCL contract. We had a blast putting these shows up and working in all the elements. Each performance received a standing ovation! And as a the cherry on top, we found out we are now the face of Swing! for NCL on both the music books and the marquee on the ship!

img_9681We also had the great opportunity to learn Norwegian’s newest show Blazing Boots. The all-star Boots creative team included choreographers Chase Benz and Liinda Garisto, director Raj Kapoor, producers Kevin Duda, Tanya Morgan, and Christopher Allen, and the best lighting, sound, video, scenic, costume, and cosmetology experts there are! Everyone in the team put their full hearts into making this show into the sassiest, sexiest, country-meets-hip-hop show it could be! It was a blast to learn and assist in installing on the ship and we look forward to carrying the torch!

We are thankful for working with such a wonderful cast of dancers, singers, and musicians and rockstar creative teams at Norwegian Cruise Line for Swing!, Get Down Tonight, and Blazing Boots these past two months. Working with these folks is an experience we will never forget, and we are thankful for such genuine friendships. Here’s to a rockin’ contract without smooth sailing!

Book your cruise on the Norwegian Gem and see this stellar cast for yourself!