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Pinocchio is the next Disney musical!

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Posted: 7/2/15 at 7:31pm

The Blue Fairy has answered the world's wishes for a new Disney musical! 


The Daily Mail writes that Disney Theatricals is working with ONCE's John Tiffany and Enda Walsh on a stage adaptation of the 1940 animated classic PINOCCHIO. 


The little wooden puppet's journey to becoming a real boy is aiming for a debut at the National Theatre next Christmas, following a workshop later this year.


The plot will also draw from the Disney film's original source, THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collidi. Disney reportedly already held a private workshop to allow Tiffany a chance to experiment.


Much of Leigh Harline and Ned Washington's original score -- including the tunes "When You Wish upon a Star", "Little Wooden Head", "Give A Little Whistle", "Hi Diddle Dee Dee" and "I've Got No Strings" -- will propel the story onstage, alongside unused musical material from the film, as well as a new song or two, or possibly other songs from the Disney catalog.


Bob Crowley will choreograph, with movement director Steven Hoggett also on the creative team.


 


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3147816/BAZ-BAMIGBOYE-National-Theatre-brings-Pinocchio-life-stage.html#ixzz3emAsufqw

Updated On: 7/3/15 at 07:31 PM
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Posted: 7/2/15 at 7:44pm

I assume Bob Crowley will be designing and not choreographing? He's not a choreographer. 

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Posted: 7/2/15 at 8:02pm

^And anyone who saw Tarzan knows he has no talent for directing ether.

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Posted: 7/2/15 at 9:54pm

Wow never would have expected. I'm wary of the comment "other songs from the disney catalogue" but eager to hear material cut from the original film.


I wonder if they would dare reuse things from Stephen Schwartz's GEPETTO Television score?

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Posted: 7/2/15 at 10:05pm
Pinocchio has maybe the most trunk songs of any Disney musical, and I have to say, not many of them are any good. Then again, the original score itself is pretty hit and miss- it's got a few of the greatest Disney songs- "When You Wish Upon a Star" is THE big Disney song (plus a perfect two-octave vocal exercise for the male voice), but "I've Got No Strings" and "Hi Diddle-Dee-Dee" are pretty C-list. Beyond that, nothing registers at all.
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Posted: 7/2/15 at 10:31pm

My favorite Disney movie, and also it will be the first pre-Rennaisance movie they will be adapting for the stage. I seriously hope they don't add any Schwartz music. 

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Posted: 7/2/15 at 10:34pm

If they use other catalogue songs, they could have Pinnochio sing Part of Your World to Gepetto. Pinnochio is the next Disney musical!

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Posted: 7/2/15 at 11:42pm

Wasn't Julie Taymor originally set to direct this several years ago when it was first announced Disney was turning this into a musical?  I think she would create some really cool visual for the show seeing how she is know for using puppets and mask . 

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 12:04am

^It appears you can find articles dating to '99/'00 when Taymor was involved.  It looks like there might have even been a workshop.

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 12:09am

"it will be the first pre-Rennaisance movie they will be adapting for the stage."


You're forgetting Mary Poppins! 

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 12:22am

This musical seems like, rather than using "trunk" songs, they could have a contemporary composing team write the new songs (like Drewe & Stiles did for Mary Poppins). Above that, it seems kind of like it could be a disaster. It could pay off though. Think of the giant whale!

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 3:57am

THE JUNGLE BOOK was also a pre-renaissance adaptation. Even though people on here act like that wan't a thing because it didn't immediately transfer to Broadway.

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 4:10am

Oh I forgot about that one. Another fantastic movie.

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 4:14am

I totally agree, one of my favorites. Not much of a Pinocchio fan though, sad to say.

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 4:20am

I thought Dumbo was the next Disney musical?

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 6:00am

Any particular reason why you don't like it, or is it just not your thing? I personally think that all of the movies that Disney himself worked on are miles better than anything after he died.

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 7:06am

If you read the report correctly, it is not a 'Disney' project as such. It will be based on the films 'source material'. This is a NT production. Knowing the NT, it will be a magical experience. 

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 8:18am

"If you read the report correctly, it is not a 'Disney' project as such. It will be based on the films 'source material'. This is a NT production. Knowing the NT, it will be a magical experience. "


 It's like Hunchback: a mix of both the movie & the book wit the Disney songs. It just won't be titled DISNEY'S...


"I thought Dumbo was the next Disney musical?"


That was announced years ago (3-5?). I'm assuming (and hoping) that it's dead.

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 8:31am

Leave this one for the moppets and their parents. Another one to avoid. Think of the merchandising on this one.

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 9:21am
It has huge potential and for Disney to entrust one of their properties to the National Theatre can only be a good thing and if it's a hit then it's a win win for both companies.

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 9:52am

My biggest question is what are they going to do with Jiminy Cricket without looking stupid or cheap? They can't cut him out, he's one of the most beloved Disney characters  

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 10:05am

"My biggest question is what are they going to do with Jiminy Cricket without looking stupid or cheap? They can't cut him out, he's one of the most beloved Disney characters  "


 This the National theatre your talking about.


I recall disbelief, when they said they were doing 'Warhorse' with puppets.


Trust them, they don't do cheap.


 

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 10:06am
I don't think Jiminy Cricket would be cut as he's important to the story. The transformation scene where Lampwick becomes a donkey would be something I think could be cool if a little scary if done right
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Posted: 7/3/15 at 10:24am

"I thought Dumbo was the next Disney musical?"


Disney always has multiple shows in various stages of development. Father of the Bride is also in the works per Schumacher himself a week ago. Freaky Friday also had a workshop recently. Shakespeare in Love is also a Disney show. And, of course, you can't forget Frozen.

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 2:17pm

"Any particular reason why you don't like it, or is it just not your thing? I personally think that all of the movies that Disney himself worked on are miles better than anything after he died."


I honestly couldn't give you a solid reason. Just never took a shining to it.


I can't say I agree re: before and after his death. I have a soft spot for a number of the admittedly clunky '70s Disney movies and of course the Renaissance ones are a league in themselves. I think most if not all of the Disney features excel but only to an extent, dropping the ball terribly somewhere else. 

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Posted: 7/3/15 at 2:59pm
True, this is not being developed by Disney Theatrical.

Coming down the pike for them Father of the Bride, Freaky Friday, Princess Bride and, of course, Frozen - with some pretty crazy ideas being batted about for Frozen - but who knows - it seems the earliest that come come in 2017 or 2018.

Muppets musical was put on hold due to the new television series.

Hunchback and Jungle Book have future plans for development/future life.

Hunchback most likely Europe.

Jungle Book on hold until the new movie comes out.

Shakespeare in Love is off to licensing although I think they will be keeping an eye on it at Stratford.

I haven't heard any word on anything Dumbo in a very long time. I believe there was also talk for Enchanted, but haven't heard about that in a long time.

Tangled is going to the stage on the cruise ship.

Far fetched rumors about Toy Story or Finding Nemo making the leap fro the cruise ship or theme park to the legit stage.

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