Aladdin may have just celebrated its opening night on Broadway, and while that’s shining, shimmering and splendid, there are simply too many Disney movies on our shelves that we’re waiting to see make the leap to the stage. In addition to the street urchin and the genie, we’ve gotten bookworms and deformed princes, feline kings of the jungle, vine-swinging forest dwellers and underwater kingdoms. And let’s not forget about The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Jungle Book and Frozen, each already reportedly in the works for Broadway adaptations. We asked readers what other Disney animated films they’d like to see come to life on the Great White Way. It was a close one, but here’s what you had to say!
1. Tangled — 22%
Theater audiences are no strangers to fairy tales being retold on stage (Into the Woods, anyone?), but Tangled’s inventive take on the story of Rapunzel is just too fun to be confined to the screen. The 2010 film utilized a unique blend of CGI and traditional animation, but high heights and illuminating hair would mean groundbreaking theatrical effects as well. A smoldering Zachary Levi wouldn't hurt, either. Hey, Donna Murphy: you in?
2. Hercules — 20%
With a hunky leading man, a spunky beltress with a killer pop ballad, and some FIERCE muses, Hercules has all of the makings of a Broadway hit. Seriously, just picture your favorite Broadway diva singing “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” while backed up by a female chorus (and we wouldn’t complain if the original muses, including Lillias White, LaChanze and Roz Ryan, reprised their roles). Alan Menken’s tunes from the 1997 film are immortal in our eyes, and there’s no doubt this “Zero to Hero” tale would create a spectacle of epic proportions.
3. Mulan — 10%
If Broadway.com had their way, Eponine might not be the only girl disguising herself and going off to fight. The 1998 film, which featured the voices of musical theater greats Lea Salonga and Harvey Fierstein, has the exciting setting, vibrant cast of characters and the nail-biting action sequences that would lead to all sorts of creative theatrical tricks. The choreography alone could make Mulan a hot ticket on Broadway. “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” is just screaming for a dance break.