Out of the five entertainment options on Norwegian Escape, there are three that can’t be found on any other ship. Here’s a look at what the shows are about, what the venues are like, how much they cost and a few other details you’ll want to know before your cruise.
Venue: After Midnight is performed in the Escape Theater. Get there early if you want seats close to the stage, as the seats are first come first served. The venue has an open feel to it, and the chairs are quite comfortable. Unlike typical Broadway shows, you are actually allowed to have drinks in the theater. There’s a full bar, and servers are available.
Performance: Once the curtains open, you will be transported back to the 1920s and 1930s when Harlem’s famous Cotton Club was the hip spot. The club featured many of the best black entertainers of the era, and the performers do a spectacular job of representing them. The 2014 Tony® Award-winning musical combines big-band songs of Duke Ellington, powerful entertainers and an onstage jazz band. From the period costumes and the powerful vocals to the animated expressions and dancing skills, I was in awe of this production.
Days and Times: After Midnight is only available three days a week. On Sundays and Thursdays, you can choose from the 7:00 p.m. show or the 9:30 p.m. show; on Fridays, there’s one showing at 8:30 p.m.
Cost: The show is complimentary, but you do need to make reservations for it.
Tips: Consider going to After Midnight at the 7:00 pm showing with dinner following. I went to the 9:30 p.m. showing after a full dinner and found it difficult to stay awake during the last 15 minutes or so. It’s a fantastic show, but it’s a bit slow.
Million Dollar Quartet (moving to Norwegian Getaway May 15)
Venue: Million Dollar Quartet is also performed in the Escape Theater.
Performance: This 90-minute musical was inspired by the last jam session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins at Sun Record Studio on December 4, 1956. A night that seems to have happened by pure chance left a remarkable moment (and album) in history.
The performers on Norwegian Escape nailed the performance! I felt like I was sitting in the recording studio with the artists and didn’t want to leave when it was over. There was emotion, soul and rhythm coming from each performer. They looked like the artists, walked like them and most definitely sang like them. This was the first time in my life that I looked around at the audience and noticed that every single person had a smile on their face. Hands down, this was the best musical production that I have ever watched.
Days and Times: Million Dollar Quartet is only performed on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Surprisingly, no cost at all, but reservations are required.
Tips: Many of the guests thought the show was over when everyone bowed, but the cruisers that stayed for an extra minute or two got a special treat.
For The Record: The Brat Pack
This show was originally a dinner show in the Supper Club but it turned out to be an extremely popular show that Norwegian Cruise Line moved it to the Escape Theater.
Venue: For The Record: The Brat Pack is also performed in the Escape Theater.
Performance: The cast is wildly imaginative, filled with energy and brings the small venue to life. The performances are a musical mash-up based off of John Hughes’ coming-of-age movies such as The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science and other classic movies of the ’80s. The cast had me and almost all others laughing and participating in the show. The costumes were on point, and the musical instruments made it feel more personal. The show is rated PG-16, so I don’t recommend bringing kids due to the scenes with the cast in their underwear (literally tighty whities) and the adult language used.
Days and times: You can watch the show twice a day on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, at either 5:15 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. On Thursdays and Fridays, the show is offered once at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Once this show officially moves to the Escape Theater on April 16, there will no longer be a charge. While it's still in the Supper Club the price ranges from $24.95 to $29.95.