AMERICA'S FIRST CITIES
New York to Miami on Crystal Symphony
DATES : November 2 - 16, 2013 (14 Days) CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $5,100 Per Person
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New York to Miami
November 2 to November 16, 2013
14 days (6 sea days) aboard Crystal Symphony
*Theme: Film & Theatre Festival
Donny Ray Evins, Vocalist
Mark Merchant, Ventriloquist
Philip Wojciechowsky, Variety Pianist
Joe Fos, Crystal Cove
Diva starring Karen Grainger
(Please note: not all shows are performed on all cruises).
Ken Rees (Bristol, England)
Ken Rees brings to the role of destination lecturer over 25 years experience as a world-travelling foreign correspondent. During his career, he has reported extensively from Italy, Greece, and the Middle East. His many news credits include the Lebanese civil war, the first Gulf War, the loss of the space shuttle Challenger, and the sectarian troubles of Northern Ireland. Ken has held almost every job in a television newsroom from scriptwriter, news editor, and reporter to Director of News and Current Affairs. During a 15-year career with Britain’s flagship network program, ITN’s News at Ten, he served as a Senior Foreign Correspondent and spent six years covering the United States from Washington, D.C. In 1986 the Royal Television Society named Ken as Television Reporter of the Year, their highest honor. He now works as a broadcast consultant, trains journalists for TV companies, and writes on travel and world affairs.
Robert Schrire (Cape Town, South Africa)
Robert Schrire was, until recently, chair and professor in the politics department at the University of Cape Town and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy. He also teaches at Princeton University. His presentations look at how our world is being impacted by changes in politics, religion, technology, economics, and population. Robert is best known as the original host of the television program Talking Politics and he had a regular column in The Sunday Times for several years. Much in demand as a public commentator, his views have been published in Time, Newsweek, The Economist, and The Washington Post. The BBC's chief analyst during South Africa's first democratic elections, he has worked closely with many prominent TV personalities including Ted Koppel and David Dimbleby. A consultant to UNESCO and the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, Robert presents a highly-acclaimed series to CEOs of major corporations, entitled "Our Changing World: Thinking about the Future” and has led study tours for groups as diverse as the National Trust and Harvard and Stanford Universities. A graduate of the University of Cape Town, Robert pursued post-graduate studies at Columbia University and the School of International Service – American University in Washington, D.C., and holds a doctorate from the University of California.
*Theme Presentations: Film & Theatre Festival
Anchors aweigh from the bright lights of Broadway to idyllic locales ready for their close-up. In partnership with Center Theatre Group, Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and his lovely wife, Tony® and Emmy® nominated actress Kate Burton, join the fun-filled days and nights of our Film & Theatre salute. Set sail into a brilliant sea of captivating special events, memorable performances, hosted cinema screenings, enriching theme lectures, theme trivia sessions and special surprises waiting in the wings!
Kate Burton (Los Angeles, CA)
Kate Burton is best known for her Tony®-nominated performance as lead in Hedda Gabler and her twice Emmy® nominated performance as Ellis Grey in the popular ABC television series Grey's Anatomy. On Broadway she has been seen in the production of Spring Awakening, The Constant Wife (with Lynn Redgrave) and The Elephant Man (with Billy Crudup). At Center Theatre Group-Los Angeles, Kate has appeared in The House of Blue Leaves, Arcadia, Jake's Women and Wild Honey (both also on Broadway). On television she has recurring roles on Veep, Grimm and the popular series The Good Wife. On film she has appeared in 127 Hours (with James Franco), Unfaithful, Swimfan, Sherry Baby, Max Payne, Remember Me, Ice Storm, Big Trouble in Little China and will be featured in the upcoming films Mariachi Gringo, Puncture, (with Chris Evans) and Liberal Arts (directed by and starring Josh Radnor). Kate is the daughter of Sybil Christopher (Artistic Director of The Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, MI) and actor Richard Burton. Kate appeared with her father in Ellis Island and Alice in Wonderland.
Michael Ritchie (Los Angeles, CA)
Michael Ritchie is the artistic director of Center Theatre Group, a non-profit organization and one of the largest and most active theatre companies in the nation, presenting award-winning theatre at the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center, CA and the Kirk Douglas Theatre located in Culver City, CA. Born in Worcester, MA, and graduate of the local Assumption College, Michael joined CTG in January, 2005. Currently in his seventh season, he has led over 100 productions to the three stages since his arrival. In his first five seasons at CTG, he premiered the musicals The Drowsy Chaperone and Curtains (both of which moved to Broadway and received a total of 21 Tony® Award nominations), the Jason Robert Brown musical 13 and Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical (both of which also moved to Broadway). He has produced 25 world premieres including the musicals Minsky's and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (which moved to Broadway), Leap of Faith and Sleeping Beauty Wakes, and the plays Clybourne Park (which was a recent 2012 Tony® nominee on Broadway), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and also moved to Broadway), Water & Power and Yellow Face and he presented a broad range of plays and musicals at the Ahmanson ranging from Dead End to The Black Rider to blockbusters such as Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, August: Osage County, Next to Normal and Edward Scissorhands. In addition, Michael inaugurated CTG's New Play Production Program, designed to foster the development and production of new work. Michael began his professional career in the theatre in 1980 as a production stage manager in New York. Over the next 15 years, he stage-managed more than 50 shows on and off-Broadway including productions at Lincoln Center Theater, Circle-in-the-Square, Circle Rep, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, City Center and the National Actors’ Theatre. During that period, he worked with playwrights David Mamet, Tina Howe, Shel Silverstein, Donald Margulies, Elaine May, Jon Robin Baitz and directors Roger Michel, Nikos Psacharopoulos, Gregory Mosher, John Malkovich, Andre Serban, Michael Cristofer, Ellis Rabb, Michael Langham, George C. Scott and Jerome Robbins. Among the notable productions he stage managed were Our Town with Spalding Gray and Eric Stoltz, Timon of Athens with Brian Bedford, Heartbreak House with Rosemary Harris and Rex Harrison, Candida with Joanne Woodward, You Never Can Tell with Uta Hagen and Philip Bosco, Arms and the Man with Kevin Kline and Raul Julia, A Streetcar Named Desire, (two productions: one with Blythe Danner, Aidan Quinn and Frances McDormand, and the second with Jessica Lange, Alec Baldwin and James Gandolfini) and Present Laughter with George C. Scott, Nathan Lane and Kate Burton. In 1996, Michael was appointed producer of the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Under his leadership, the mission of the theatre evolved toward a diverse repertory of new plays, American premieres, major revivals and rediscoveries of American classics, and the development and presentation of new works by Eric Bogosian, Alfred Uhry, Cheryl West, Donald Margulies, Albert Innaurato and Eduardo Machado. New plays that began their lives in Williamstown and moved on to off-Broadway runs include Corners by David Rabe, Far East by A.R. Gurney, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told by Paul Rudnick, Chaucer in Rome by John Guare, The Glimmer Brothers ("Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine") by Warren Leight and The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan. American premieres include The Late Middle Classes by Simon Gray, Misha's Party by Richard Nelson, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness, Under the Blue Sky by David Eldridge and The Ride Down Mt. Morgan by Arthur Miller. Rediscovered American classics included Dead End, Johnny on the Spot, Street Scene and, 50 years after it was first presented on Broadway, The Man Who Had All the Luck by Arthur Miller, a production that moved to Broadway and was chosen by Time magazine as one of the year's 10 Best Productions in 2002. The Festival also sent several other productions to Broadway in the past five years, including Hedda Gabler, One Mo' Time, The Price and The Rainmaker. Other major revivals included The Royal Family with Blythe Danner, Victor Garber and Andrea Martin, The Film Society with Cherry Jones and Carole Shelley, Camino Real with Ethan Hawke, A Raisin in the Sun with Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Viola Davis, The Hot l Baltimore with Sam Rockwell, As You Like It with Gwyneth Paltrow, and Tonight at 8.30, a six-act extravaganza presented over two evenings, directed by Michael Greif and Ann Reinking. As a result of these efforts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival is recipient of the 2002 Regional Theatre Tony® Award.
Karen Morrow (Los Angeles, CA)
Karen Morrow, Broadway and stage personality, first stepped onto the New York stage in I Had a Ball co-starring Buddy Hackett and Richard Kiley. Her last performance on Broadway was playing the dual role of The Princess Puffer/Miss Angela Prysock in the original Tony® Award-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Her stage work outside of New York includes the role of Parthy in the Tony®-Award winning production of Show Boat, as well as leading roles in Die Fledermaus, Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Madam, Hello, Dolly!, Oliver!, Follies, Sweeney Todd, A New Brain and White Christmas: The Musical. She has appeared in concerts with major orchestras in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Honolulu and The White House. She can be heard on the concept album Miss Spectacular, a studio recording of an unproduced work by Jerry Herman with whom she has worked and recorded extensively. Other albums include White Christmas: The Musical. Karen was also a regular on Garrison Keillor's popular broadcast A Prairie Home Companion. She starred in the series Singin' with her friend and peer Nancy Dussault. Together they won an Emmy® Award for the PBS program Cabaret Tonight. In addition to her theatre and concert performances, Karen is a nationally sought-after Master Class Teacher in the art of musical theatre performance. She has conducted classes at Carnegie-Mellon; Northwestern; University of Southern California; University of California-Irvine; Pepperdine; Arizona State University; Viterbo; Baylor; the Kennedy Center and the Los Angeles Music Center. Formerly an adjunct-professor with the Bolger Music Theatre Program at the University of California-Los Angeles. Karen is currently on the faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy-Los Angeles and the United States Performing Arts Camp. She also conducts a bi-monthly singers' workshop in audition and performance skills.
Jim Brochu (New York, NY)
Jim Brochu has been a Crystal favorite for the last seventeen years as both an entertainer and lecturer. He is the only actor in America to win the New York Drama Desk Award, The Washington D.C. Helen Hayes Award, the Los Angeles Ovation Award and the South Florida Carbonell Award, all for Best Actor in a Play. A native of Brooklyn, Jim produced his first show, a charity revue featuring the Bay Ridge neighborhood kids, at the age of thirteen and four years later was working on Broadway – selling orange drink at the back of the St. James Theatre during intermissions of Hello, Dolly! He appeared on Broadway as Andrew McLaren in Brigadoon opposite Christine Ebersole and as Mr. Brownlow in Oliver! opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell. Recently he starred in the New York revivals of The Man Who Came To Dinner as Sheridan Whiteside and The Roar of the Greasepaint; The Smell of the Crowd as Sir. Regionally he starred as Willy Clark opposite Theodore Bikel in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys and as Harry Binion opposite Eddie Albert in Room Service. Over the past few years, Jim has been leading a double life – both as himself and as the great Zero Mostel in his multi-award winning play, Zero Hour which ran for fourteen months in New York and played 238 performances. He has recently returned to night clubs and cabarets with his new show Character Man, a tribute to all the great supporting players of Broadway and the songs they introduced. He has sung in New York at Birdland, Town Hall, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Don’t Tell Mama and 54 Below. While working as a stage actor, he appeared in two legendary television commercials – first as a dancing raisin for Post Raisin Bran and then as the “Lemon from Outer Space” with Madge the Manicurist for Palmolive. He is the author of two books, ten plays and three musicals including the off-Broadway and London hit, The Last Session, written with partner Steve Schalchlin which he also directed. Jim’s caricature hangs on the wall of the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant in New York, a singular tribute to a forty year show business career as an actor, author and playwright.
Jeremy Arnold (Los Angeles, CA)
Jeremy Arnold is a writer, film historian and filmmaker with particular expertise in the movies of Hollywood’s golden era of 1930-1960. He is the author most recently of Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary, about the production and legacy of David Lean’s spectacular epic. Published in 2012 as an official companion to the first Blu-ray release of Lawrence of Arabia, the book has been translated into four languages. Mr. Arnold is also a contributor to Jeanine Basinger’s landmark book The World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre. His essays, reviews and interviews with top directors and Hollywood professionals have appeared in Variety, Premiere, Moviemaker and the Directors Guild of America magazines. In addition, he has written almost 400 programming essays and reviews for the Turner Classic Movies/TCM website, and has created on-air introductions for TCM host Robert Osborne. Mr. Arnold has also recorded expert audio commentaries for the DVD releases of classic films from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment: the romance Ladies of Leisure (1930), directed by Frank Capra and starring Barbara Stanwyck, and the western Ride Lonesome (1959), directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott.
William Squire (Los Angeles, CA)
William Squire is a busy lecturer, agent, make-up artist, style coach, model and author. He recently provided “the look” at the 2012 Emmy® Awards in Los Angeles, CA, and launched his “Billy’s Blues” cosmetic line. William has worked in both the entertainment and fashion industries for over twenty years, gaining knowledge and expertise in almost every aspect of show business and the business of show. A gifted dancer and actor, William began his career performing with professional dance companies and theatrical productions. His style talent emerged to the forefront when he started a modeling career in print and runway work. William strode the runway for world-famous designers: Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Armani and Calvin Klein. He has also appeared in frequent fashion publications including Glamour, Gentleman's Quarterly and Men's Vogue. Through modeling, William became interested in make-up artistry and, after extensive training, went behind the camera to become a professional make-up artist for stage, television, runway and print advertising. His numerous client list includes film and theatre glamour ladies Susan Sarandon, Faye Dunaway, Raquel Welsh and Andrea McArdle. Called by the theatrical stage, his imaginary make-up work has been represented in the Broadway musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express and Cats. William's passion for the entertainment industry led him to the administrative side of the business. He has been an agency director, talent booker and style coordinator for four of the hottest agencies in Los Angeles, CA. While working at the agencies, William began to share his vast knowledge of the entertainment industry and fashion world as an instructor, speaker and coach, as well as a style and runway consultant to many top television and fashion shows. His dynamic speaking and coaching have inspired people all over the world and helped mold many successful careers. William's in-depth experience as both talent and agent make him uniquely qualified to understand what it takes to create and maintain a successful, rewarding career in entertainment and fashion. William poured his years of knowledge into The Model's Workbook: A Hollywood Agent's Twenty Step Guide to Launching Your Modeling Career, the book he co-wrote with fellow model and long-time friend Laura Boulay. William has recently created Your Signature Style/ Y.S.S., an exciting edu-tainment event that teaches how to dress correctly, how to pose “picture perfectly,” how to walk with poise, how to gain confidence and how to apply make-up. William currently divides his time between Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Honolulu and Maui. He travels as a premier make-up artist for Chanel cosmetics and lectures around the world on Hollywood Glamour, it’s history and modern applications.
Matt Walker (Los Angeles, CA)
Matt Walker serves as adjunct faculty at the prestigious School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California lecturing to Master of Fine Arts students on a variety of topics including writing, acting and the works of William Shakespeare. Matt has additionally taught as adjunct professor of Clowning and Commedia at the University of California-San Diego. He is a multi award-winning director who works regularly with producer-writer Garry Marshall. Matt served as on-set writer for the popular New Line Cinema films Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, and recently sold his first screenplay Mothers with co-writer Tom Hines as a hopefully-to-begin-production-soon feature film. For television, Matt has directed numerous shows including Dinner & A Movie (Turner Broadcasting System/TBS), Dude Room (The Discovery Channel) and Saturday Night Solution (Court TV). He served as associate director on the stage comedy Happy Days-The Musical, and additionally worked as its resident director on the First National Tour. Other stage direction includes the world premiere productions of Million Dollar Quartet at the Seaside Music Theater/Daytona, FL, and The Village Theater/Seattle, WA. (Although un-credited, Matt additionally collaborated on the book Million Dollar Quartet which received a 2010 Tony® Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical). He received commissions to direct three productions at The Getty Villa in Malibu, CA, as well as productions at the University of Southern California and California Repertory. His direction and adaptation of Oedipus The King, Mama! received the Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Production of a Musical – Larger Theater. Since 1995 Matt has been artistic director of his own commedia dell’arte group, The Troubadour Theatre Company (aka, “The Troubies”). Matt and Company have received several prestigious awards including a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Sustained Excellence in Theater, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle “Joel Hirschorn Award” for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater, and five Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards including three for Best Director. Alice In One Hit Wonderland, As U2 Like It and A Wither’s Tale are among the award-winning adaptations presented by The Troubies. As performer, Matt has trained with notable performers such as Bill Irwin and Charles Nelson Reilly, and notable organizations such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Second City Improvisation, and The San Francisco Mime Troupe. Matt is a proud graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Clown College and did time as a clown in The Greatest Show On Earth under the center ring. As performer and member of the Screen Actors Guild, Matt has appeared in numerous film and television projects including Valentine’s Day, The Princess Diaries 2, Born Yesterday, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cold Case and Judging Amy. He has stepped on stage in numerous dramatic roles, The Tempest, Macbeth, Waiting for Godot and wilder comedic roles, Lend Me A Tenor, Noises Off, and The 39 Steps. His special skills include singing, dancing, acrobatics, juggling, balancing, ball walking, stilt walking, hat manipulation, unicycle riding, clown make-up, dialects and playing the harmonica.
Susan Stein (Palm Springs, CA)
For over three decades, Susan Stein has been involved in the forefront of fashion on both coasts of the United States. A genuine passion for fashion ignites Susan’s desire to educate and motivate. Now a resident of Southern California, she is affectionately known as "the West Coast’s Elsa Klensch." Amongst her varied projects and extensive resume in the West Coast fashion industry, Susan is a professor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising/FIDM in Los Angeles, CA. She speaks on the history of costume, including the signature stamp made on fashion by Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. Susan additionally lectures on promotions, merchandise trend analysis and consumer behavior. As Fashion and Public Relations Director for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and Connecticut, she has created major fashion events to motivate and inspire. Her work with Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, independent retailers, and prestigious personal clients has created consumer awareness to find their own comfort and signature style. Susan serves currently as Fashion Editor of Palm Spring Life magazine and has served as the Regional Director of Fashion Group International® of Palm Springs and the Desert Communities of Southern California. She additionally is the Creative Producer and Director of the annual “Fashion Week on El Paseo” in Palm Desert, CA. This consumer-driven event supports Susan’s theory that people enjoy fashion and thirst to learn about contemporary trends. Through her personal consulting business entitled FASHIONCONNECTION!, she presents motivationally entertaining productions centering on fashion, style, and trends. Her consultancy work with retailers and designers includes marketing, Public Relation strategies, fashion shows and merchandising. Susan also styles for a variety of editorial work and provides styling services for businesses, websites and personal clients.
Greg Schreiner (Los Angeles, CA)
Greg Schreiner is the pianist, narrator and producer of Hollywood Revisited - A Musical Revue. He is the owner of over 300 movie costumes worn by the great stars of Hollywood. His incredible collection includes pieces worn by screen icons such as Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Andrews, Lana Turner, Barbara Stanwyck and Ginger Rogers. Greg was recently featured in the documentary With Her, and has additionally appeared with his costume collection on numerous television shows including Hollywood Fashion Machine on American Movie Classics/AMC, The Incurable Collector on Arts & Education/A&E, as well as on the popular Entertainment Tonight, The Montel Williams Show and with the Turner Classic Movies channel. A small portion of his costumes are on display at the new Hollywood Museum in Hollywood, CA, where Greg is curator of Special Collections. Greg holds a Master of Arts degree from Western Illinois University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently on the music faculty at Santa Monica College and Cerritos College. Greg has several recordings in release including a CD of Hollywood Revisited and he is composer/performer for the educational television series, Masters of the Silent Screen. In 2003, Greg was selected for inclusion in Who's Who In America. His one-of-a-kind show Hollywood Revisited has traveled to Europe and Asia, toured the greater United States and sails to great applaud exclusively aboard Crystal Cruises. For the past 28 years he has been the president of “Marilyn Remembered,” a club devoted to preserving the memory of Marilyn Monroe.
Joshua Finkel (Los Angeles, CA)
Among his many professional credits, Joshua has appeared on Broadway as Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman opposite Chita Rivera and Vanessa Williams. He also starred as Thenardier in Les Miserables opposite Kay Cole and Gina Ferrall. Joshua holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and is a director, actor and acting coach. He created and directs the Creative Combustion Acting Studio, and teaches the performer’s workshop at the Academy for New Musical Theatre/AMNT. Joshua additionally governs the musical theater emphasis at California Lutheran University and teaches master classes worldwide. He serves as judge and Master Class teacher for the distinguished Music Center Spotlight Awards in Los Angeles, CA. Joshua directs and headlines Hollywood Revisited: A Musical Revue.
Jill Burke (Los Angeles, CA)
Jill Burke is a Southern California native and former Miss Anaheim-California. Her first professional work began performing for the Walt Disney Company, portraying such characters as Princess Jasmine, Ariel, and Pocahontas. She is no stranger to life on the high seas. She traveled the globe as principal vocalist for Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Lines/NCL, notably opening NCL's production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Music of the Night. She recently served as Executive Producer and co-star of the short film Huckleberry Dreams, starring Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning actor Robert Morse. Jill can still be heard screaming the "Priceline Negotiator!" jingle, running nationwide throughout the United States. She recently worked with Stephen Schwartz in a workshop production of his new musical, Snapshots. Other theater credits include Lovelace: A Rock Opera (winner of LA Weekly Award for Best Ensemble), A New Brain (Musical Theater Guild), The Third from the Left (New York City Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe festivals), Songs for a New World (Los Angeles Ovation Award nominee as featured performer); and Jacques Brel: A Life in Song (Ticket Holder Award for Best Cabaret Performance). Jill has had the privilege of singing with Tony® Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, musician Richard Carpenter, and “her uncle” vocalist Johnny Mathis. Jill is a proud company member of The Musical Theatre Guild in Los Angeles, a member of the a cappella band “Vybration,” a featured vocalist for the master percussionist C.G. Ryche. Jill frequently belts-out the United States National Anthem for sports teams such as the Anaheim Angels, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Lakers.
Drama Desk Award winner Jim Brochu puts his stamp on an original musical valentine to the Great White Way. This tribute to Broadway’s greatest character actors features the songs they first introduced to musical theatre. Sprinkled with juicy backstage lore, Character Man delivers iconic songs of ground-breaking composers including Meredith Willson, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim.
The multi award-winning Troubadour Theatre Company puts their signature commedia dell’arte spin on one of William Shakespeare's most popular works. Re-imagining the 16th century play A Midnight Summer Night's Dream and infusing the 70s disco soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever, dreamy fairy woodlands sparkle like a New York discotheque in the riotous Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream. “The Troubies” deliver The Bard’s story of star-crossed lovers with the steam and scheme of a 'disco inferno.' A Puckish moon of Grammy® Platinum light baths, all the mirth and mischief of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, (well, give or take a few lines!) in glorious 'night fever.'
Susan Griffiths is notably the paramount Marilyn Monroe tribute artist in the world, using her own voice and natural looks to mesmerize audiences around the world. In the role declared “to have found me,” Susan first introduced her performance talents in the illustrious Las Vegas show Legends in Concert. She has since received numerous professional accolades including the Cloney Award for “Most Outstanding Impersonation of a Female Film Legend” and a Reel Award for “Best Performance Actress.” She gained international recognition as the definitive Marilyn Monroe artist when she was cast as lead in the movie Marilyn and Me, and made Interview magazine's list of "The World's Most Interesting People." Witness the uncanny magic that Susan creates as she takes center stage as the world’s most enduring female Hollywood icon.
This unique stage show has won critical praise from international movie buffs, film historians and costume aficionados. More than a just visual treat, curator and entertainer Greg Schreiner sits at the piano of his own song-and-dance costume revue to create a made-to-order overload of merriment. Authentic costumes designed for and worn by Hollywood legends are brought to life in a starry tribute to movie stars and celluloid memories. The 2013 Crystal Cruises edition of the show features surprises aplenty, including new costumes from Greg’s ever-growing collection. The live stage performance stars Broadway and stage personality Karen Morrow, vocalist Joshua Finkel, songstress Jill Burke and the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers.
Emmy® Award-winning performer Karen Morrow is joined by accompanist Greg Schreiner for a special cabaret event. Featuring songs from her career and stories of a life on the professional stage, Karen sings and swings into the hearts of all “theatre-philes” with her gifts of voice and humor.
Theme Entertainment feature: Happy Days and A Night with Garry Marshall – Exclusive Vintage Room Experience
Break bread with Hollywood’s celebrated writer/actor/director/producer, Garry Marshall, as he shares an insider’s view of Tinsel Town. His lovely wife, Barbara, hosts this multi-sensory dinner filled with surprises aplenty. Both friends of the Troubadour Theatre Company, a “Troubie” siting is almost guaranteed. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations and further information may be acquired via the Concierge aboard ship.
Hollywood legend “Marilyn Monroe” hosts the ultimate dinner party overflowing with superb dining, superior wines and unforgettable tales of Tinsel Town. Fan Club President Greg Schreiner joins the intimate evening guaranteed to keep the tabloids abuzz. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations and further information may be acquired via the Concierge aboard ship.
The Hollywood Theatre offers a "private screening room" line-up of feature films to illuminate the silver screen. Live introductions by film historian Jeremy Arnold offer movie insight and candid tales of show business behind the cameras.
In-stateroom television programming gets its close-up with IN FOCUS – THE FILM & THEATRE CHANNEL. Theme-related movies and documentaries are introduced by theme presenters, offering a “24-7” cavalcade of classic films and theatrical encounters.
Elizabeth Van Meter (New York, NY)
Want to take your home movies to the next level? Post your mini-blockbusters or vacation videos to Facebook or YouTube? In five fun classes, learn how to shoot and edit short movies using an iPad. Improve your video and photo skills. The course is taught by professionals, but aimed at non-professionals.
Course requirements: please bring your own iPad and pre-load the iMovie application prior to boarding. If you do not already own the iMovie app for iOS, you must have iOS6 in order to purchase and download iMovie ($4.99) from the App Store. Once you have downloaded the iMovie app to your iPad, be sure to also download the Help files. Open the iMovie app and tap on the Help icon (it looks like a question mark). When the Help screen comes up, tap on "More Help" to download the rest of the Help files. You cannot download the app on board the ship. Due to the hands-on nature of this unique program, class size is limited to 20 participants. Please sign up online using the Priority Check-in & Planning Center (PCPC). If you sign up on board, make sure to sign up EARLY.
Lead Technology Concierge Jessie Moncatar plus Instructor Jose Chavez (Santa Ana, CA). Our popular Computer University@Sea program: expanded curriculum of complimentary lectures and classes on a variety of computer-related topics, plus e-mail instruction in our computer center, equipped with 25 state-of-the-art workstations, all equipped for e-mail and Internet access (fees apply).
Kevin Wilson’s experience, artistic flair and creativity have established him as one of Europe’s leading portrait photographers. He has the rare distinction of being a Fellow in all three major photography organizations in the UK - The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), the Master Photographers Association (MPA) and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and uniquely he attained his Fellowship in two separate photographic disciplines - portraiture and wedding photography with the BIPP and MPA. He was Chairman of the MPA Qualification Board for many years. Kevin is one of the UK’s highest award winning photographers having won the Kodak UK Portrait Photographer of the Year on numerous occasions and 17 Kodak European Gold Awards of Excellence. He has also been honored as a Finalist in the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Competition for outstanding creative and technical achievement in the field of photography. His clear understanding of composition, the use of available light and attention to pose and form leads to a real sense of poise throughout his images. Kevin will be setting up reservations to have exclusive portrait sessions with guests. Guests may also make pre-reservations by emailing Paragon Pixels in advance of their cruise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crystal Cruises is the only cruise line to offer a Nordic Walking program to help you get more out of your limited exercise time on board. The use of lightweight poles for stability and balance will facilitate your fitness needs even if you have knee or hip issues. Two specially designed adjustable poles work the upper body while walking. Like cross country skiing, the poles are used by the arms to match each step the person takes. Our Fitness Staff will guide you to quickly be deck-walking for fun and fitness. You will be using feather weight aluminum poles provided by the market leader, LEKI®.
Joe Herbert has maintained membership in the PGA for over 35 years, as well as being Life Member and Quarter Century Club member. His experience includes being a Head Golf Professional/Golf Director at exclusive country clubs in Colorado. In addition, during the spring and summer months, he is the Director of Golf Instruction at Arrowhead Golf Club (Golf Digest Top 100 golf courses) in Littleton, CO. During the winter, Joe is the Director of Golf Instruction at the beautiful Classic Golf Club in Palm Springs, CA. Joe hosted the Bob Hope golf tournament from 2006 - 2009. Joe has been honored with the 1997 nomination for PGA Teaching Professional and Junior Golf Leader as well as the 2009/2010 President’s Council Award for Outstanding Golf Instructor of Developing Golf Instruction Programs. He has been featured in 2010 Style magazine during the U.S. Open, and Boomer Golf News for his outstanding teaching abilities. Joe has signed with Southwest Airlines and Swift Air for his golf instructions and DVDs while in the air on WIFI. Recently, due to the large number of requests from his students around the world, Joe released a DVD set, Fundamentals of Golf. Joe considers teaching golf to others to be one of the highlights of his life.
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Beginner and intermediate bridge classes, and afternoon games. William Fitzgerald (Scottsdale, AZ)
Daily dance classes on sea days, and private lessons by appointment.
Joop Bergervoet (Etten, The Netherlands)
Rick Mazzone (Kingston, MA)
Dietmar Weber (Mannheim, Germany)