Two weeks ago, I shared the first portion of our New Amsterdam Theater tour, a port adventure offered by the Disney Cruise Line when it was sailing out of New York City this past summer.
When we booked the tour, we really had no idea what the details were. I figured we’d walk around, find out about the construction of the building… that’s pretty much where my imagination stopped, which is why my mind was blown by the second part of our tour.
THE PROP ROOM.
(Authorized personnel! That’s us!)
A prop room filled with different show posters (a passion of mine!), models of the shows on stage, and even costumes to try on.
It was pretty awesome.
Up first, some Beauty and the Beast:
The Beast’s boot at top left was available to try on. Sadly, no one did.
Next up, a personal favorite of mine: Aida, the Elton John and Tim Rice musical that featured one of my favorite Broadway performers, Adam Pascal as the leading man, Radames.
They had many of the hats the models wore during “My Strongest Suit” number where Princess Amneris has her gals modeling the latest fashions, as she tries to convince the audience she is more than her appearance. I got to try on the GLORIOUS duck hat + whoa, was it heavy.
The amount of detail put into these were pretty awesome too, especially since most audiences wouldn’t be able to see them from far away.
Very little representation for Tarzan (sadly, I never got a chance to see this one…) but I am entirely intrigued by this leafy backdrop…
The Little Mermaid brought many interactive opportunities and James was always one of the first to volunteer. (Er… maybe the only one.)
One thing that surprised me was how subtly red Ariel’s wig was…
Here’s James trying on Sebastian’s loud and festive costumes:
And last but not least… The Lion King.
Again, intricately designed headpieces. So beautiful and really heavy… imagine dancing and singing and wearing something like this in front of crowds of people every night. These actors must have superior neck muscles!
Here’s a fun little character that was cut from the show + now hangs out in the Prop room. A gopher! James tried him out.
Another gem was this poster from The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical, which played only in Germany. (Oh gee, I’ve been saying forever how awesome this would be on a Broadway stage.)
Outside of the Prop Room was a collection of Newsies costume renderings:
And unfortunately, that concludes this part of our tour. Our tour guide was, again, very knowledgeable and very anxious for us to participate and feel comfortable enough to touch and try on things, as well as ask her any questions we may have had. I never once felt rushed, which is great because when do you ever get opportunities like these? (I could have stayed there all night.)
I’d actually really love to see this New Amsterdam Theater experience offered more frequently. I would definitely sign up to do it again.
Hope you all enjoyed this inside look at Disney on Broadway!