FREAKY FRIDAY, THE JUNGLE BOOK, Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, DUMBO & FATHER OF THE BRIDE in the Works for Disney Theatrical
On the list for Broadway - Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, which they report Burton will oversee along with multiple BEAUTY & THE BEAST vets including set designer Stan Meyer, director Robert Jess Roth, choreographer Matt West, Linda Woolverton bookwriter, Richard D. Zanuck co-executive producing and Basil Twist in talks to create the puppets.
FATHER OF THE BRIDE is in development as well with Bartlett Sher on board to direct.
For regional productions and licensing deals, they're working on FREAKY FRIDAY with music by Ryan Scott Oliver, book by Bridget Carpenter and Christopher Ashley directing with its first performance at La Jolla Playhouse in 2012. JUNGLE BOOK will be written and directed by Metamorphoses' Mary Zimmerman.
They're also reportedly working on new versions of THE LITTLE MERMAID with a new creative team including book writer Doug Wright, designer Bob Crowley and director Glenn Casale, and a new THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME being worked on by Stephen Schwartz.
These new announcements join the previously in development NEWSIES and ALADDIN.
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