GrooveLily Members Bring Toy Story Musical to the Seas

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GrooveLily's Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda have penned the latest Disney screen-to-stage adaptation, Toy Story, which is set to premiere aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship in April.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Milburn and Vigoda have created a score that also incorporates music from the Pixar film, including Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me." The GrooveLily members have also penned the musicals Striking 12 and Sleeping Beauty Wakes, and composed music for A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

On board to adapt the film for the stage is book writer Mindi Dickstein. Dickstein previously provided lyrics for the Broadway musical adaptation of Little Women.

Toy Story follows another Disney-Pixar collaboration for the stage, Finding Nemo, which has proved a huge success at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando. The streamlined productions – shorter and smaller-scaled than the films – have been popular among theme-park visitors.

Anne Hamburger, executive vice president of Disney Creative Entertainment, is hopeful Toy Story will find similar success, as she states the musical may expand beyond cruise-line entertainment.

Michael Curry – who collaborated with Julie Taymor to create the Tony-winning puppetry and mask designs for The Lion King – has produced inflatable costumes that bring to life the Toy Story characters of Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex, Hamm and Bo Peep. Curry is frequently represented on Broadway, designing puppets for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Young Frankenstein and Spamalot. The production has been overseen by Oscar winner John Lasseter, the director and creator of the 1995 "Toy Story" film. A cast of sixteen will inhabit the world of Toy Story under the direction of Stefan Novinski. Toy Story makes its debut in April within the Disney Wonder's 1,000-seat theatre.

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