Broadway-Bound Version of RIO in the Works? ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS Live Show Also Set to Tour
Ay Caramba! Live theatrical versions of Twentieth Century Fox's RIO and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED are currently in the works, and according to today's Wall Street Journal, RIO 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 the two hit films to the stage.
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. Cohl describes the show as, "Fox's "Lion King", and according to the WSJ report, the producer intends to bring the show to Broadway following that run.
The official press release follows:
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, in partnership with Iconic Entertainment Holdings LLC, today announce plans to create new live entertainment spectaculars based on the hit animated films Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and Rio, from two of the studio's most successful animated film franchises.
The Alvin and the Chipmunks live show is projected to open in early spring 2015 and a Rio live show will follow in winter 2016 touring in cities around the world. The creation of two new live entertainment shows is part of a growing focus for Fox to bring beloved stories and fan-favorite characters to life in new formats and through additional platforms.
The new shows will supplement Fox Consumer Products' larger global location based entertainment strategy and join Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure, a completely original live entertainment spectacular. Currently in the second year of a five year global tour, Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure combines exceptional ice skating, aerial arts, puppetry and film and takes audiences on an awe-inspiring journey with a new story based on the top-grossing international animated film franchise of all time.
Alvin and the Chipmunks will be centered on the Chipmunks and Chipettes, America's favorite animated music groups and based on the characters from the hit Fox movie Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. The show will bring the music and excitement of a live rock concert to life with a family-friendly twist. For the Rio live show, the exotic scenery and vibrant energy of Rio de Janeiro will serve as the backdrop for a high-flying musical spectacular featuring Blu, Jewel and the entire Rio gang. American production designer Michael Curry (The Lion King on Broadway and Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure) and his team will lend their creative talents to the character design.
"The introduction of these live shows based on our beloved film franchises will introduce new stories and characters to generations of audiences," said Jeffrey Godsick, president of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. "Families from around the globe will experience world-class productions and will become part of these unique spectaculars as Alvin and the Chipmunks and Rio come to life before their eyes."
"Partnering with a world class producer like Iconic Entertainment marks a big step forward in Fox Consumer Products' global location based entertainment strategy to break the fourth wall and engage with our audiences in continually new, immersive and exciting ways," said Greg Lombardo, vice president of global live and location based entertainment at Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. "We're incredibly excited to be working with Michael Cohl and his talented production team on these terrific new live shows."
"Utilizing cutting edge technology, Iconic Entertainment will showcase FOX's beloved characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks and Rio for broad audiences around the world" said Michael Cohl president of Iconic Entertainment Holdings LLC. "Our aim is to create live events with the production values of a blockbuster movie, and the emotional connection of the theatre and the concert experience."