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Twice Charmed – Disney Magic’s enchanting original show

Cinderella and Prince Charming

Thirteen years ago an original new Disney musical debuted on the Disney Magic — “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story” picks up where the original movie ends and immerses audiences in a new rendition of the happily ever after story of Cinderella and her Prince Charming.

The show was ‘refreshed’ in 2016 adding new sets, new songs, and a few new story enhancements. The Broadway-caliber show gets high marks in passenger reviews.

Playing in the Walt Disney Theatre on most Disney Magic itineraries, the 52-minute production was Disney Cruise Line’s largest show when it debuted with a repertory cast of 21 performers. Now it is one of its most technologically advanced.

With the story beginning where the original ended — during the wedding celebration of Cinderella and Prince Charming — good fortune takes a turn when a new character, evil Fairy Godfather Franco DiFortunato, enters the picture on behalf of Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s stepmother. Granting Lady Tremaine’s wish, he sends the family back in time to break Cinderella’s glass slipper, thus destroying her chances of marrying the prince and writing a whole new story for Cinderella.

“Twice Charmed” features a rich musical score with six original compositions and two classic Disney songs including the beloved “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” and “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” With an accomplished cast, lavish costumes, elaborate set designs and special effects that cleverly turn back the pages of time, the combination seamlessly transitions the show from scene to scene.

Two other main stage shows are performed in the Walt Disney Theatre throughout the cruise — “Tangled: The Musical” and “Disney Dreams… An Enchanted Classic.”

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(photos courtesy Disney Cruise Line. Chloe Rice, photographer)