Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story is a Disney Cruise Line live show that plays in the Walt Disney Theatre aboard the Disney Magic ship. It bears a resemblance to Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, but was actually made before it.
After the events of the original film, Cinderella and Prince Charming are happily married, while Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella are left despondent at Cinderella's happy ending. Enter the Wicked Fairy Godfather Franco DiFortunato, who promises to reverse their bad fortune by sending them back in time.
The Tremaines break both glass slippers, shrink Cinderella to the size of a mouse, and head for the royal palace. Can Cinderella and Prince Charming be twice charmed by each other in spite of the situation?
In 2016, the show received an update which made some changes to the story, mostly borrowed from A Twist In Time, including the song "At the Ball", albeit in a different setting and with altered lyrics. However, it still plays out mostly the same.
This musical contains examples of:
- Adaptational Karma: The Tremaines get this, being forced to be Franco's slaves while in the original film they received no punishment.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the film Anstasia's dress is pink and purple while Drizella's is green and blue; here Anastasia's dress is green, yellow and orange and Drizella's is purple, blue and pink.
- Amazing Technicolor World: The Fairy Godmother's magic turns the black and white ball into a colorful one.
- Batman Gambit: One is implied, with the Fairy Godmother, when we learn she is also the King's Fairy Godmother. With her helping to pair Cinderella and the Prince together, she also grants the King's wish to have grandchildren! The 2016 update claims she's the footman's Fairy Godmother as well.
- Be Yourself: Cinderella learns that it wasn't her dress or her shoes that made the Prince fall in love, it was her.
- Big "NO!": Cinderella does one when Lady Tremaine breaks her slipper, and the Grand Duke does one when she breaks the other one.
- The Cameo: In the 2016 update of the show, rather than a random citizen in the forest, the Prince mistakes Snow White for Cinderella. This also causes a Brick Joke in the finale.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Lady Tremaine finds being called wicked quite flattering, and Franco takes joy in being a wicked fairy godfather.
- Crowd Song: "All Because of a Shoe" and "Chasing A Dream" are sung by almost the entire cast.
- Dark Reprise: "In A Moment" gets one. The first version is cheerful and hopeful as Cinderella and the Prince sing about meeting each other, while the second is sung by the villains as they shatter Cinderella's dreams in a moment.
- Deal with the Devil: What the deal with Franco boils down to. He'll send the Tremaines back in time, but if they fail to separate Cinderella and the Prince, they'll be cursed forever.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The themed black-and-white ball near the end has the scenery and almost everyone present in shades of black, white, and grey, making the colorful transformation afterwards more impactful.
- Dramatic Pause: Lady Tremaine does this in the reprise of "In A Moment."Lady Tremaine: There's still a chance she might be recognized from last night's ball, so show her how her life is insignificant and... small...
- Evil Counterpart: Franco is one to the Fairy Godmother.
- Evil Is Hammy: Franco DiFortunato chews the scenery as he revels in his evil deeds, as do Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters.
- Evil Laugh: Franco is introduced with an offscreen evil laugh (that sounds like Jafar's) before he even shows his face.
- The Fair Folk: Franco wagers the Tremaines' livelihood on their deal.
- Fair-Play Villain: Franco tells the Tremaines in plain terms that they'll be cursed if they lose the deal, and honors that end when Lady Tremaine tries to have him attack Cinderella after she and the prince find one another.
- Friendly Enemy: After the Tremaines fail to separate Cinderella and the Prince, Franco speaks rather friendly with Cinderella, congratulating her on her success before sending her stepfamily away to serve as his slaves for the rest of eternity.
- The Gambler: Franco is this, often using such motifs in his wordplay and songs.
- The Girl Who Fits This Slipper: Cinderella's status as this is threatened when both slippers are broken, and in the revised version, Anastasia fits the slipper instead. The updated version also has a song, "Perfect Fit," of maidens trying and failing to woo the prince by trying on the slipper.
- Glamour: Franco's most powerful magic is used to make Anastasia and Drizella graceful and beautiful.
- Here We Go Again!: At the ending, Franco goes off to help an evil queen being chased by seven dwarfs up a mountain.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: Franco shrinks Cinderella to the size of a mouse.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: The updated version has Franco ask if he should cast a spell to slice off Anastasia's heel to make the slipper fit, referencing the original fairy tale. Lady Tremaine turns the idea down...but only because blood makes her queasy, not out of love for her daughter.
- Karma Houdini: Franco gets away, though the Tremaines don't.
- Kick the Dog: Anastasia and Drizella torment Cinderella as Franco prepares to shrink her.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the 2016 update, Lady Tremaine suggests Franco affect the Prince's memory so he will think it was Anastasia he danced with.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Having failed to separate Cinderella and Prince Charming, the Tremaines are forced to do Franco's chores for eternity.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Lady Tremaine's evil plot is to ruin Cinderella's happiness by going back in time to stop her from presenting the other slipper.
- Mistaken for Gay: Prince Charming says that he loves the maiden at the ball, but due to his wording the Grand Duke thinks he's referring to him.
- Mundane Made Awesome: "All Because of a Shoe" takes this to new extremes.Lady Tremaine: Who could've imagined my entire life would be ruined?
Cast: All because of a shoe!
- Mythology Gag: The updated show has Franco reference the original fairy tale when he asks if he should cast a spell to slice off Anastasia's heel to make the slipper fit.
- Original Generation: Franco DiFortunato, the Wicked Fairy Godfather, is a character created for the show.
- Parental Favoritism: In the updated version, Lady Tremaine bluntly tells Drizella she loves Anastasia more when Drizella asks why her sister gets the slipper and the prince.
- People Puppets: Franco uses his cane to control the Tremaines' bodies during parts of his songs.
- Rodents of Unusual Size: While restoring Cinderella to her usual size, the Fairy Godmother accidentally enlarges Jaq and Gus as well. In the updated version this allows them to talk to the prince and tell him about Cinderella.
- Ship Tease: Between Lady Tremaine and Franco.Franco: You're so wicked!
Lady Tremaine: And you are a shameless flatterer.
Franco: I know!
- Shout-Out: The updated version mentions the Duchess of Duloc and two sisters from Arendelle as Prince Charming's potential suitors.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: The Prince gives one to Lady Tremaine, when she tries to have Cinderella removed from the Ball Room. It's understandable why this line usually gets applause.Prince: Lady Tremaine, when I'll want your advice, I'll ask for it!
- Sibling Rivalry: Anastasia and Drizella compete over who will win the Prince.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: The dark reprise of "In A Moment" sounds the same as the first one, and ends on a triumphant note.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The updated version has the King completely shrug off Franco's appearance and the stepfamily's comeuppance with a "Well, that happened."
- Villain Song: Franco gets "It's Never Too Late" where he and the Tremaines scheme to ruin Cinderella's happy end.It's never too late to plan a wicked plan! (To plan a wicked plan!)
Smash both of her shoes and make off with her man! (Oh, we'll make off with her man!)
- Wardrobe Wound: As part of his curse, Franco rips the beautiful ballgowns off Anastasia and Drizella, leaving them in servants' dresses. They scream and act horrified.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: When announcing the second royal ball, the Footman says it's by orders of the King of...their kingdom.
- World of Ham: Everyone except Cinderella is a major ham, especially Franco and the Grand Duke.