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RIO coming to Broadway?

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disneybroadwayfan22
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joined:2/10/13
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 11:33am
Ay Caramba! A live theatrical version of Twentieth Century Fox's RIO is currently in the works, and according to today's Wall Street Journal, may be Broadway-bound!

Broadway producer Michael Cohl, who took over as lead producer of the recently shuttered "Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark", has inked a licensing deal with Twentieth Century Fox to bring two of the studio's hit films, RIO and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED, to the stage. "I just picked up the phone one day and we started talking, and after a long courtship, longer than my girlfriend and I, it worked out," says Cohl.

According to the report, the 'Alvin' production will be a "family-oriented live show", set to tour theaters across America beginning this winter. The live theatrical version of 'Rio' will appropriately premiere in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just in time for the beginning of the 2016 Olympics taking place in that city. Describing the show as "Fox's "Lion King", Cohl revealed that he intends to bring the show to Broadway following that run.



The news today are getting weirder and weirder
Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

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Jonwo
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/06
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 11:39am
I could see Rio as a live arena show similar to Ice Age but not on Broadway. Michael Cohl being involved as producer is never a good sign.




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ucjrdude902
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/07
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 11:39am
I could see it being done well.
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Brian07663NJ
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joined:6/21/06
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 11:45am



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disneybroadwayfan22
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joined:2/10/13
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 12:08pm
I loved Rio (but hated the second one), so I'll give this a chance. But, this could bomb badly.
Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

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Mr Roxy
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joined:5/17/03
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 12:12pm
Now you see why I am blaise about the state of Broadway.
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brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 12:51pm
Oh Goddess, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
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mjohnson2
Broadway Star
joined:11/2/13
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 01:43pm
Well, I could see the production being pretty spectacular, but I think this would be more fitting as a 40 minute show at a theme park a la the FINDING NEMO musical.
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Glitter
Understudy
joined:4/27/07
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 02:43pm
"Ay Caramba! A live theatrical version of Twentieth Century Fox's RIO is currently in the works, and according to today's Wall Street Journal, may be Broadway-bound! "

Well, that's embarassing. 'Ay, Caramba' is spanish! You would think after the past few years where Brazil and Rio have been in the news, media outlets would know by now that they speak Portuguese
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theatregoer3
Chorus Member
joined:3/8/13
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 04:04pm
Why are people still giving Michael Cohl a chance? These will fail as long as he's involved. He's just awful. When will people learn?
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Scarywarhol
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joined:10/1/04
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 04:38pm
One marvels at instincts this consistently terrible.
Alessio2
Understudy
joined:11/15/13
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 06:16pm
"Well, that's embarassing. 'Ay, Caramba' is spanish! You would think after the past few years where Brazil and Rio have been in the news, media outlets would know by now that they speak Portuguese"

I'm Brazilian and I was thinking the same thing.
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disneybroadwayfan22
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joined:2/10/13
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 06:54pm
I just realized: If the tour immediately comes to Broadway right after, wouldn't RIO LIVE! be the pre-Broadway run/tour?
Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

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Starship
Broadway Star
joined:7/29/12
RIO coming to Broadway?
Posted: 7/25/14 at 09:47pm
I honestly thought this was a joke. lol.

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