Disney’s musical of ‘Newsies’ to land on Broadway

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These are exciting days for Disney’s theatrical arm. Besides “Newsies,” its “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a madcap look at Peter Pan’s background based on the novel of the same name by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson _ and Disney’s first straight play _ will open on Broadway this spring.

A new version of “The Little Mermaid” is being reworked by playwright Doug Wright and is set to open in Holland, and a stage adaptation of “Aladin” is on its way to Europe once it clears another round of development.

Director Bart Sher is also planning a stage version of “Father of the Bride” based on the novel and 1950 Spencer Tracy movie, and Disney plans a big stage musical version of “Dumbo” by “Billy Elliot” director Stephen Daldry.

The eclectic mix of projects hasn’t been done by design, says Schumacher, but by necessity. “You have to follow the work,” he said. “”What’s normal? I don’t know normal.”





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