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The princesses are back! Snow White and her gang of princesses will be returning to theaters very soon. They have been performing sold out shows, and now the hit musical comedy, Disenchanted, is coming back to make the crowd roll on the floor with laughter. We have been told that princess stories are for kids, but this musical is a completely different and refreshing take on the Disney princesses, catered for adults. So get your hands on your Disenchanted tickets soon and enjoy its tongue in cheek humor.
Princesses are not only about pretty tiaras and glass shoes according to Dennis T. Giacino, who has written the book, composed the music and penned the lyrics of the musical. Directed by Fiely A. Matias, the show is a comedy about storybook princesses standing up to stereotypes. Against popular belief, fairytales are not as perfect as they seem. The musical features Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and other princesses in a completely new light. They revolt against the injustices and misperceptions that people have about them.
Disenchanted is an interesting take on storybook princesses who are struggling with the traditional images associated with them. It shows their anger and feeling of dejection in a comical way. Giacino has showed how mainstream media manipulates these characters into stereotypes in a way sure to captivate you.
The actors portraying the princesses have very different body shapes to conventional Disney princesses. They are not skinny young girls with perfect hair and features. Rather, they are middle aged women, who are curvy, representing the general population. As the story unfolds, the audience realized that the issues they are facing are more real world related.
The sassy musical, with its bright and gaudy costumes and lavish sets, is a wonderful show. The princesses speak in a boisterous way, which is completely unexpected by the crowd due to the stereotype surrounding them. They add life to the plain cartoon characters that we are used to, making them more relatable and natural. The princesses complain about why they must rely on happy endings depending on handsome princes who come on horsebacks. They insist that they should instead be making their own destinies.
Denis T. Giacino explores important and serious topics in Disenchanted in a light hearted way. He explores the princesses' sexuality, touching upon lesbianism as well. They talk about why staying slim should be so important for them. The princesses do not want to look weak and be presented as damsels in distress.
Giacino subtly adds thought provoking lines in the lyrics of his music. All the songs serve as a great food for thought for the audience. The catchy tracks to have brought the crowd into roaring applause include; "Face the Music" and "When You're White.
Disenchanted has received great reviews both critically and commercially. It has enjoyed sold out shows throughout the United States. The Huffington Post reviewed that it was "funny and a touch wicked" with "great production." The New York Times claimed it to be "surprisingly moving." NBC New York Live wrote that "an audience is falling for Disenchanted -A funny one."
Disenchanted is not a serious production that focuses on women's rights and race equality. It is rather a humorous take on these serious topics that proves a point without preaching. It is an exciting, rowdy, amusing and "in-your-face" comedy. The play is everything that you would not expect from a typical fairy tale about princesses. So do not miss out on watching the musical and buy your Disenchanted tickets now.