Playbill has announced the creation of Playbill Travel which is an expansion of the brand’s popular series of “Broadway on the High Seas” cruises to resort-based programming. For the inaugural Playbill Travel event, Playbill is taking over the luxury, AAA Five-Diamond St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico for a program combining the best of live Broadway entertainment with a stay at tropical location.
Priced starting at $7,790 per room, based on single or double occupancy, the eight-day/seven-night “Broadway by the Sea” program is scheduled from December 8-15, 2014. Headlining the trip will be nine-time Tony winner Tommy Tune (Seesaw, My One and Only, Nine, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies), Tony winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy), “Smash” star Megan Hilty, Tony winner Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls), Tony winner Paulo Szot (South Pacific), Tony winner Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line), and, returning by popular demand for her fourth Playbill adventure, two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole (42nd Street, Grey Gardens). More talent is to be announced. Playbill’s own Seth Rudetsky will once again serve as Master of Ceremonies, performer and music director. “Broadway on the High Seas” founding partner Judy Perl and Judy Perl Worldwide Travel will once again serve as the exclusive Playbill Travel Program provider, coordinating all aspects of the new travel initiative from resort scheduling to guest travel arrangements.
“The genesis of ‘Broadway on the High Seas’ was to bring together theater lovers who love travel,” says Playbill President & CEO Philip S. Birsh. “When we started our cruises in 2011, we had no idea that they would be met with such a remarkable reception from the public and Broadway community alike. We’re excited that Playbill Travel will allow us to keep traveling the world with interesting people, great destinations and extraordinary talent.”