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.