In 2013, I had the great opportunity of writing and directing a murder mystery show for Princess Cruises' brand new ship, the Royal Princess, which had a new state-of-the-art venue called Princess Live! that was perfect for such a production. It was a full circle moment because my first paid professional job, in the late 80's and early 90's, was as a singer/dancer/Assistant Cruise Director for Princess Cruises and my very first ship was the original Royal, which has since been put out to pasture.
The show I created is called The Dangerous Hour and it's set at the fictional late night talk show of the same name hosted by the popular but prickly, Danny Dangerous. The show opens during the last segment of Danny's 1000th episode. Danny thanks his guests--actress Cassie Carradine, singer Fernando Salas and animal expert Zookeeper Zooey--and he's saying goodnight to the folks at home, he chokes and dies on live television. Then, with the guidance of Danny's super-producer Andie Abel and warm-up guy Stu Stallworth, we magically rewind to the beginning of the episode and the audience is tasked with figuring out we who killed Danny Dangerous, how they did it and why the did it. The quintet above are all suspects as superfan audience member Maddie Long...and they all have a good reason to bump off Danny because, let's face it, when the cameras shut off, he's a total dick.
The Dangerous Hour premiered on the Royal Princess in the summer of 2013 and thanks to a talented cast of cruise staffers who really got into their characters, was an big hit with passengers. It's been running ever since.
In May of 2014, I got to go to Italy to mount the show on the Royal's sister ship, the Regal Princess, this time with a new murderer to keep returning passengers on their toes. Another great experience with a terrific cast. Both troupes really love performing the show and it shows.
A new murder mystery show is in the works for 2015, entitled The Love Ahoy Mystery Hour, which is set on the reunion cruise of a fictional Love Boat-type TV show called Love Ahoy! I had a ball writing the script and I look forward to getting it on its feet.
Below is a GALLERY of pics from both productions of The Dangerous Hour along with some random ship board shots. The first image is of the Regal Princess cast along with me and Sally Harrigan from Princess.