VACAYA Announces All-Star Entertainment for Ptown Cruise

Tuesday May 21, 2019

Lights, Camera, Godmother! VACAYA has announced Kristin Chenoweth as godmother of their inaugural cruise in August 2019 and for the LGBTQ venture overall. Along with the announcement of its godmother, VACAYA announced a slate of headline diva entertainers who will perform onboard its August Provincetown Cruise.

It's a longstanding nautical tradition for cruise ships to have a godmother, selected to bring good luck and protection to the vessel. VACAYA will take that one step further by elevating Ms. Chenoweth to godmother of the entire company and declaring her "Queen of the High Cs." Chenoweth will perform during VACAYA's Launch Party onboard Celebrity Summit and will toast the official introduction of the company to the LGBTQ community.

More than 2,000 LGBTQ passengers and their straight ally friends will be aboard Celebrity Summit as the ship departs New York City, hits the high seas, and sails to Provincetown to kick off the 2019 Carnival celebration.

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth's career spans film, television, voiceover, and stage. Chenoweth is beloved by the LGBT+ community and was chosen, VACAYA CEO Randle Roper said, for "her shared philanthropic spirit and for being such a staunch ally to LGBT+ people."

Through her foundation, the Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Education Fund, Kristin cultivates and celebrates young artistic expression by enriching children's lives through the power of education, entertainment, and experience. VACAYA will partner with Chenoweth and KCAEF to set up an annual scholarship as part of the company's ReachOUT initiatives.

Chenoweth has also been honored by GLAAD for her efforts to increase the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

VACAYA Pulls Out All the Stops with 4 Can't-Miss Headliners

VACAYA will raise the bar with four additional divas as part of the entertainment lineup for their August 2019 Ptown Cruise. These powerhouse divas include Katharine McPhee, Leslie Jordan, Alex Newell, and Lesli Margherita.

They join already announced talent Brandon Stansell, Brody Ray, Jessica Kirson, Matteo Lane, Emma Willmann, Shelly Watson, Tori Scott, Susie Mosher, Brandon James Gwinn, Paul J. Williams, Michael Stephens, The Golden Gays NYC, and Burlesque Nautique. Steve Cunningham, Corey Craig, Whitney Day, and Lady Bunny will be the featured DJs for VACAYA's parties. Michael Orland will serve as Musical Director and Jaymes Vaughan as Cruise Director.

Katherine McPhee burst onto the scene in season four of "American Idol" and has appeared in the hit TV series "Smash," as well as the Broadway and London companies of the musical "Waitress."

Leslie Jordan won an Emmy Award for his appearances on "Will & Grace" and has returned to reprise his role in the series reboot.

Alex Newell gained national attention for his breakout role on "Glee" and recently co-starred in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of "Once on This Island."

Leslie Margherita won an Olivier Award for her role in "Zorba" and played both the West End and Broadway in the hit musical "Matilda." She also appears in the final season of "Transparent."

VACAYA's 2019 Celebrity Summit Cruise to Ptown is its first official cruise and makes history as the only all-LGBTQ cruise to ever sail to the Ptown Carnival celebration. The vessel is the largest ship to ever overnight in Provincetown, MA.

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