The new musical comedy DISENCHANTED! just made its New York premiere at Theatre at St. Clement’s (423 West 46th St. at 9th Avenue). With book, music and lyrics byDennis T. Giacino, DISENCHANTED! is directed by Fiely A. Matias and features musical staging by Matt West (Lestat). BroadwayWorld brings you photos from opening night below!
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the new musical comedy that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades toss off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to New York City – and fairy tales will never be the same! The idea for DISENCHANTED! was conceived by Giacino, a former history teacher. When teaching his class about the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, he couldn’t help but wonder: What would the ‘real’ Pocahontas – a circa 1616, rough-and-tumble 10-year-old Powhatan girl – think of the fringed deer-pelt miniskirt and long, flowing hair donned by her 20-year-old counterpart in her 1995 comeback? A musician at heart, Giacino penned a musical number skewering the ‘princess pop culture’ that transformed Pocahontas from a revered Native American heroine into a pin-up vixen of the silver screen. Soon, Giacino found himself discovering a number of other ‘princesses’ who had been similarly wronged, andDISENCHANTED! was born! The “princess posse” is comprised of original cast member Michelle Knight (Jersey Boys) as Snow White; Becky Gulsvig (Legally Blonde) as Cinderella; Jen Bechter (Elf 1st Nat’l Tour) as Sleeping Beauty; original cast member Lulu Picart (David Friedman‘s Listen To My Heart) as Hua Mulan/Pocahontas/Princess Badroulbadour; Alison Burns(RENT Nat’l Tour) as Belle/The Little Mermaid/Rapunzel; and Soara-Joye Ross (LES MISERABLES 2006 Broadway revival) as The Princess Who Kissed the Frog. Erin Leigh Peck (Grease) and Karen Burthwright (Jesus Christ Superstar 2012 Broadway revival) are the understudies.