Disney to Bring Kermit, Miss Piggy & THE MUPPETS to Broadway?
The New York Post's Michael Riedel reports that the Walt Disney Company, which has had the rights to the Muppets since 2004, is "exploring the possibility" of a Muppet musical coming to one of Jujamcyn's five theaters. With the recent successes of kid-friendly musicals "Cinderella," "Aladdin", "The Lion King" and "Mary Poppins," it seems to be only a matter of time before the iconic Henson creations have a show of their own. While the project make take a while to come to fruition, as one source says, "Who doesn't love Muppets?"
The 1984 musical comedy, directed by Frank Oz, was the third of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets. The film was produced by Henson Associates and TriStar Pictures, and was filmed on location in New York City during the summer of 1983. The movie featured music by Ralph Burns and Jeff Moss and even included cameo appearances from Sesame Street's Cookie Monster, Ernie and Bert.
It remains unclear how Disney would go about adapting a movie starring an ecclectic group of puppets, to the stage. Will they emulate the success of Julie Taymor's "Lion King," in which the actors who man the life-size puppets remain somewhat camouflaged in the background, or perhaps use the "Avenue Q" model, in which both puppets and their 'handlers' are clearly visible to the audience.
Either way, the show would surely be "More entertaining than humanly possible!"