Great article, Paul, and exactly the reason we skip the "Vegas-style" production shows.
Your article highlighted all the things we don't like about those shows. We saw five or ten minutes of one and left. It was extremely unoriginal and uninteresting.
I am 26 and love a good Broadway show. But that's the point - it's an original show. It isn't "highlights of other shows' best songs."
Personally, I would love to see a cruiseline hire a really talented production team - like Elton John and Tim Rice, for example, or Stephen Sondheim, or Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg - and have them write an original show especially for the cruise line.
Perhaps it could be a comedy about people who fall in love on a cruise!
Instead of spending millions on fancy special effects they should spend the money to hire top-notch writers to create an original show, and top-notch performers to bring it to life. Honestly, I think people would book a cruise on that line just
to see such a show.
Land Cruise, Britain and Belgium