What Should Disney's Next Stage Project Be? Readers Respond

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30 Jun 2013

With Newsies and The Lion King reigning on Broadway, and Aladdin set to fly in next year, Playbill.com asked our readers what other Disney projects they would like to see on stage.

In recent weeks it was reported that Disney was also looking into a stage production featuring The Muppets, while plans also include Alice in Wonderland and adaptations of "The Father of the Bride," "Shakespeare in Love," "Freaky Friday" and more.

Playbill.com polled our readers to see what projects are on their Disney stage wish list.

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Jordan Jacobs: Bed Knobs and Broomsticks would be an incredible stage experience! But it would be hard to replace Angela Lansbury...
Nik Cassin: I hope Bedknobs and Broomsticks as its a timeless Disney classic that would be a delight to see on the stage
Jordan Mann: BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS. It already has a wonderful collection of songs by the Sherman Bros. including - The Age of Not Believing, Portobello Road and more. Plus it brings together animated and live action sequences that would be a blast to see on stage.

The Sherman Brothers, who also scored "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," penned music to this 1971 film based on the beloved book series by Mary Norton. Five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury starred in the film that includes such songs as "Substitutiary Locomotion," "The Beautiful Briny" and the Academy Award-nominated song "The Age of Not Believing."

 

 

Princess Elizabet: Brave is the newest Disney princess and her story is very easy to translate to the stage...
SwotSisters: Brave. Merida is the perfect example of a modern princess, and strong female role model. Also lovely Celtic music and aesthetics!
KarmaIsComing: Would love to see Brave. There hasn't been a descent "Scottish" musical since Brigadoon.

The Academy Award-winning 2012 Disney animated feature, about a young Scottish woman who defies custom and discovers a new relationship with her mother, has a story by Brenda Chapman. The film features several original songs by Alex Mandel and Mark Andrews, including "Touch the Sky" and "Into the Open Air."

 

 

fl0w3rss: Hercules! It's got such catchy songs and there could be a lot of be done with it choreography/scene wise! Think it would be amazin
rachelspenc: Hercules!!! (Starring #AaronTveit)
Michael Scott Wells: Hercules should be next. Everyone likes a good hero story. Also, the music is amazing! Cheyenne Jackson as Hercules. Sutton Foster as Meg. Nathan Lane as Phil. Norm Lewis as Zeus.

The 1997 Disney animated feature based on the Greek myth has a score by Alan Menken and David Zippel. A host of Broadway performers sing in the film, among them LaChanze, Lillias White, Roger Bart, Roz Ryan, Susan Egan and Danny DeVito. Stand-out songs include the Academy Award-nominated song "Go the Distance," and "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)."

 

 

Tim Stuff: Hocus Pocus the musical!!!
C_D_Fowler: Hocus Pocus would be awesome!
BroadwayBabyy97: Hocus Pocus the musical!! Everyone loves that story. And we could cast Patti LuPone as Winifred and other broadway divas.

Perhaps Broadway could lure Bette Midler back to reprise her performance as Winifred Sanderson in a stage musical adaptation of the spooky 1993 film. Kenny Ortega directed the film that also featured Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. Maybe a witchy reunion for all three?

 

 

Laura Hammerman Hawthorne: Most definitely MULAN!!!!! Strong female leader/role model, and visually will be beautiful to watch.
RougeNYC: Mulan!! She's a princess and warrior! The music is beautiful and so is the visuals.

Tony Award winner Lea Salonga voiced the heroine of this 1998 Disney animated film that features songs by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel. The stand-out from the film was "Reflection."

 

racheleris: Finding Nemo! The puppetry would be amazing!
Kate O'Boyle Anderson: FINDING NEMO!
Mitchell Randall: Finding Nemo!!

The 2003 animated undersea adventure has been adapted as a live production, by Tony Award winner Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez. It premiered at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, FL, in 2006. Maybe it will swim north to Broadway?

 

 

JDramaNickels: Nightmare Before Christmas, it could be a neon puppetry extravaganza!
Kelly Irelan: The Nightmare Before Christmas! It could be staged so beautifully. It's edgy in comparison to the Disney stories they've produced so far. I feel it has the potential to be both haunting and enchanting. The music is lovely. For me, it's a no-brainer. Nightmare is the obvious choice.

Tim Burton's delightfully dark 1993 stop-motion film musical features music by Danny Elfman. Songs include "This Is Halloween," "What's This?," "Oogie Boogie's Song" and "Sally's Song." It could be a great vehicle for Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert.

 

chancekear: love to see Paperman turned into a play or musical. Flush it out, learn more about characters, mad men but sweet.

The 3-D, black and white animated film was released in 2012. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The short, seven-minute romantic film centers on an office worker who, in an attempt to get the attention of a woman he admires, sails paper airplanes out his window.

 

 

Justin Gallagher: Pete's Dragon It would be amazing!!
Leslie Reese: An oldie but goodie would be Pete's Dragon. It was my favorite movie when I was little. I think the technical things they could do with Elliot are numerous and would look magical on stage. The musical numbers are great, classical styled numbers that are varied and fun.
Eric Michaud: STEPHANIE J BLOCK as Nora in Disney's Pete's Dragon featuring PJ Benjamin as Lampy, and a massive puppet/animated productions (think the SUNDAY revival) as Elliot

The 1977 live-action film boasts the Academy Award-nominated song "Candle on the Water" – and a giant cartoon dragon. Jim Dale, Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons and Shelley Winters starred in the film.

 

 

John Fortunato: Pocahontas would make an absolutely beautiful stage show.
Marc Escuro: POCAHONTAS!!! I've been saying that since the 1990's too!!!!
Billy Dixon: Pocahantas. The music is beautiful. Everyone loves a interracial romance & men in loincloths never hurt anybody.

The 1995 animated film of "Pocahontas" features music by Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken. Judy Kuhn voiced the star. Songs include "Colors of the Wind," "If I Never Knew You" and "Just Around the River Bend."

 

 

Alan Harris: What about going back to what started it all for Disney film musicals, "Snow White and the 7 Dwarves." It's a great tale with incredible songs, and can be pure magic on the stage.
KatieFarrelll: I would love to see Snow White on Broadway!!!!

First released by Disney in 1937, the beloved classic based on the Brothers Grimm tale, features such songs as "Heigh-Ho", "Some Day My Prince Will Come" and "Whistle While You Work."

 

carlybutlerrr: I would love to see Tangled live! It's amazing in itself and perfect for a stage production!
K_Creppy: TANGLED, starring @KRYSTAR0DRIGUEZ, @brubendall and (I know I'm not alone on this) @OfficialBPeters! Perfection.

The 2010 animated feature that puts a new twist on the Rapunzel featured Tony Award winner Donna Murphy, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi among the cast. Alan Menken and Glenn Slater penned songs for the film that includes "Mother Knows Best," "When Will My Life Begin?" and "I See the Light."

 

 

The acclaimed 3-D Pixar film was released in 2009. The poignant tale captured audiences and critics alike. Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer were both featured.

 

ilovetheater94: enchanted! Great Alan Menken score and real potential for creative genius with the animation v. Live action sequences.
Sarah Bufano: Enchanted!!! Since NYC is already half of the setting!!

The 2007 live-action film starred Amy Adams as a "cartoon" princess who finds herself in real-life New York City. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz again collaborated on the Academy Award-nominated songs in the production that harken back to earlier Disney classics. Songs include "True Love's Kiss," "Happy Working Song" and "That's How You Know."