LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2007 – Crystal Cruises is paying tribute to character actors: the villains, sidekicks, familiar faces and unforgettable characters who have made their mark on film and theatre history. Aboard the luxury line’s August 31 Film & Theatre Festival voyage on Crystal Symphony, the tribute features noted actor Bruce McGill, along with theatre lecturers, producer Steven Rivellino and author and historian Robert Kimball. A departure from the typical crossing, the 14-day trans-Atlantic cruise boasts port calls in Dublin, Ireland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Nuuk, Greenland; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Bruce McGill’s film resume includes pivotal roles in Cinderella Man, Collateral and The Insider, among dozens of others. In addition to McGill’s work, the ship will screen films of other great scene-stealers, complemented by pre- and post-movie commentary by an expert moderator. Film and theatre enthusiasts will also be treated to stimulating panel discussions, insightful lectures, daily movie trivia contests and a social “name that movie tune” cocktail party.
“Many of our guests have a sophisticated eye for the impact a gifted actor can bring to the stage and screen,” says Bret Bullock, Crystal’s vice president, entertainment. “Crystal Cruises’ tribute to character acting is sure to spark lively debates regarding favorite actors, special films and winning theatre productions.”
Known for character roles in more that 100 films and television programs, Bruce McGill has been featured in My Cousin Vinny, Courage Under Fire, The Insider and Ali, and numerous TV appearances including a regular guest starring role on the hit series MacGyver. More recently, he appeared in Collateral, Cinderella Man, and in the just-released The Lookout and Slow Burn (both in theatres now). McGill will share his personal story of nearly 30 years in the industry, as well as discuss the motion picture industry from silent films to the digital age and biographical sketches of famous stars.
As vice president and general manager of Radio City Music Hall, producer Steven Rivellino has produced The Grammy Awards, MTV Music Video Awards, and the world-famous Christmas Spectacular, as well as concerts starring Frank Sinatra and Madonna. Currently preparing Rizoma to open on Broadway next season, Rivellino will share insights on “The Business of Broadway Trends,” “Tonys and Tickets” and “Radio City Music Hall, the Showplace of the Nation.”
Renowned theatre historian, author, and Grammy Award nominee Robert Kimball is artistic adviser to both the Gershwin Trusts and the Cole Porter Trusts, and a consultant on musical theatre to the Library of Congress. He will regale Crystal guests with talks on Berlin cabaret, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins in Hollywood, and the music of Frank Loesser.
Fares begin at $4,745 per person, double occupancy, depending on stateroom selected. Embarking in London and concluding in New York, this voyage offers the perfect chance for a pre- and/or post-hotel stay for guests wishing to catch a Broadway show or theatre production in London’s famed West End.
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Aboard the ultra-luxurious ships of Crystal Cruises, refined elegance meets casual simplicity. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, extensive choices and quality, providing worldwide vacations that bridge the best of land and sea.
Crystal Cruises enjoys an unparalleled reputation for excellence, anchored in 11 consecutive years of “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” awards by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler magazines – the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have achieved such distinction.
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