Variety reports that Wright has replaced David Ives as the musical's book writer, and after an internal reading last week, Disney Theatricals has approved Wright's new script. The Little Mermaid, the industry paper reports, should arrive on Broadway in about two year's time. As previously reported, Francesca Zambello will direct the production, which features several new tunes by composer Alan Menken.
Variety also announced that two other Disney musicals are on their way to Broadway: Tarzan, which should arrive in spring 2006, and Mary Poppins the following season. Poppins is currently playing London's Prince Edward Theatre.
Doug Wright won the 2004 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for I Am My Own Wife. For his play Quills, he won an Obie Award and a Kesselring Award. The screen adaptation of Quills was named Best Picture by the National Board of Review and was nominated for three Academy Awards. Wright's other plays include The Stonewater Rapture, Interrogating the Nude, watbanaland, Buzzsaw Berkeley and Unwrap Your Candy.