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Norwegian Cruise Line shuffles stage shows on Escape, Getaway

'Brat Pack' graduates on Norwegian Escape, but knocks 'Million Dollar Quartet' overboard

Norwegian Cruise Line is shuffling its productions aboard its two big Miami ships Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Getaway.

Currently showing in the dinner theater, "For the Record: The Brat Pack, Live at the Supper Club" is moving to the big stage. To make room, though Norwegian is sending "Million Dollar Quartet" to Norwegian Getaway.

Escape, which debuted in November, will keep its other show playing in the Escape theater, "After Midnight" while the dinner theater will get an as yet to be named new production.

Meanwhile, over on Getaway, which is Norwegian's second newest ship and has sailed out of Miami since 2014, "Million Dollar Quartet" will take the place of "Legally Blonde."

“Norwegian is leading the way in providing engaging, enjoyable and exciting entertainment for guests across our fleet,” said Richard Ambrose, vice-president of entertainment for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. "These updates to our entertainment offerings will ensure we remain at the forefront of the industry, providing the very best contemporary, award-winning entertainment for our guests."

The move of "Brat Pack" to the main stage is due to its popularity, according to a cruise line press release. The show was first performed in Los Angeles by the indie dinner theater production group For The Record, which puts on productions that play up the marriage of movies and music with shows based around the music from Baz Luhrman films, for instance. The "FTR: Dear John Hughes" show is among the group's most popular creations.

The show features the music and movies of John Hughes including "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," "Weird Science," "Some Kind of Wonderful" and even the non-John Hughes film (yet apropos) "Say Anything" are combined into one plot. The players belt out 80s hits like Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me" and Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes."

Jumping ship is "Million Dollar Quartet," which highlights to music of the '50s and '60s and tells a dramatized version of the time Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins spent a night recording together at Sun Records.

"Brat Pack" graduates to the main stage starting April 16. "Million Dollar Quarter" will have its last show on Norwegian Escape before the March 5 sailing and will debut on Norwegian Getaway beginning May 15. From March 5-April 16, the Escape Theater's second main stage show will be a performance of Vocal Over Drive, a contemporary pop acapella group. The same group will then jump ship to Getaway to fill in the hole before "Million Dollar Quartet" debuts from May 1-15 as "Legally Blonde" will play through April 30. Getaway's other stage show "Burn the Floor" will remain.

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