DUMBO ON BROADWAY

Jessica C. (NDI#21) (81 Posts)

Living in Delaware her whole life, Jessica did not know much about Walt Disney World until she went at 13 years old. That initial trip, though, got her hooked on the magic. As the years went on, she did everything she could to learn more about Disney (including watching documentaries and reading books). She did not know many people that shared her passion until she discovered the wonders of the internet and the Disney community found on it. She has gotten involved with as many Disney projects as she can, including writing the weekly news articles for The Disney Driven Life and writing for her own blog, The True Disney Fan. Jessica has also taken on a position with Celebrations Magazine, working the social media aspects of the publication. Through all these platforms, Jessica strives to bring as much Disney magic as possible into her everyday life, and she works to share it with everyone she meets!


Disney has had many Broadway shows over the years, from the greats like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King to the supposed not-so-greats like Tarzan and The Little Mermaid.  The rumor for this week is the announcement of a new musical that may be joining the ranks among the Disney Broadway shows. Now, I have imagined that a lot of Disney movies could be made into Broadway musicals, after the way they figured out how to do The Lion King and Mary Poppins, but I will be honest, Dumbo is not one of the ones that even came to my mind.  The people at Disney, however, have other plans.

That’s right, the 1941 movie Dumbo is rumored to be getting the Broadway stage workup. No word as to who will be the head guy on the project, but it is in the works none the less.  Because of Dumbo’s simplicity, it is said to be very adaptable for stage and the music from the movie is a great baseline score for a musical.

I must say I am very interested in how some of the adaptation will happen.  The pink elephants scene for instance, all of the morphing elephants and will they walk on the ceiling? It is possible, just look at the steppers for Mary Poppins! What I think will be most interesting is seeing how the costumes bring the show to life, especially Dumbo’s costume with the ears and the flying. All of this will make for one interesting show. There is no chance of it being performed in 2010 though, we will have to wait until 2011 for this gem to hit the stage.

Contributed by: Jessica C. (NDI#21). Jessica is our resident “Gossip Girl” and creator of The True Disney Fan Blog.

  • I'm fascinated with how they will make this work given that the major characters range in size from elephant-size to mouse-size.

  • How exciting! That is surely one I would love to see!
    I hope they leave in the song “Baby Mine” it's so beautiful!

  • Lorie, I agree. I'm certain that they will leave the song in bc it will bring the house down in tears.

  • Lorie, I agree. I'm certain that they will leave the song in bc it will bring the house down in tears.