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Disney execs had a feeling Frozen was going to be a hit, but it’s blown away their wildest expectations. Two months into its run, the winter-themed musical has grossed over $315 million domestic with another $400 million-plus worldwide, and counting. Those numbers are better than the first release of The Lion King (not counting inflation or 3D) and with an Oscar nomination and possible win coming soon, the sky is the limit for the film.

That also means Disney is looking at ways to expand the brand. A theme park ride is possible, a sequel is all but inevitable, and now Disney CEO Bob Iger admitted they’ve begun to discuss following shows such as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King with a Frozen Broadway musical. Read More »

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While most people in Hollywood keep their creative process secret, Kevin Smith is an open book. He loves to let his fans in on every thought and idea, which usually means we get to imagine various different projects in various different forms. Every creative type changes their mind about things; usually, however, they do it in private. Not Smith.

In Smith’s world, he continues to keep us in the loop. His retirement, Hit Somebody, Clerks the Musical, and Clerks III  have all taken various different forms over the years and yet none have seen the light of day. It’s just how Smith prefers to work, with his heart on his sleeve.

The latest change relates to Helena Handbag, a script Smith started writing based on a Smodcast story. It’s about “mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus” and while Smith originally thought he could make it as a low budget feature, now he’s developing it as a stage musical. Read More »

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Jerry Seinfeld‘s thoughts on Man of Steel might have been the most popular quote from the comedian’s recent Reddit AMA, but the biggest news was the announcement of a mystery reunion with Larry David. David co-created Seinfeld with the comedian and took some of the show’s sensibility — David’s half of it, at least — to HBO with Curb Your Enthusiasm. The pair remain friends, and they collaborated on a massive Seinfeld/Curb crossover a few years back. Seinfeld revealed in the AMA the pair are working on a “big, huge, gigantic” project. The identity of that project has now been revealed. Read More »

There’s a ‘Groundhog Day’ Musical in the Works

Groundhog Day

Phil Connors is about to find himself reliving February 2 all over again (and again), this time on the stage. Songwriter Tim Minchin and director Matthew Warchus are reportedly working on a stage musical version of the 1993 Harold Ramis classic Groundhog Day, with a workshop set for this spring.

And if that report is giving you a bit of déjà vu, that may be because we last reported on the show in 2009, though it seems a lot has changed since then. Get the latest details on the play after the jump.

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Bullets Over Broadway (movie)

In an entirely appropriate twist, Woody Allen‘s Bullets Over Broadway is now itself headed to Broadway. At the helm of the new show is Susan Stroman, who just so happens to have previous experience directing Broadway plays about Broadway plays — she previously directed and choreographed The Producers and picked up a couple of Tonys for her trouble.

Leading the musical production as naive playwright David Shayne is Zach Braff, of Scrubs and Garden State fame. How does he measure up to John Cusack, who played the role in Allen’s 1994 movie? See for yourself with a first-look image after the jump.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter has already flown from the page to the screen, and now he’s headed to the stage. One in London’s West End, to be more precise.

Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are reportedly developing a new play about boy wizard’s early years, which will take place before he discovered his magical side and enrolled at Hogwarts. Author J.K. Rowling is expected to co-produce. Hit the jump for more details on the show.

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Cats

Of the five longest-running musicals in Broadway history, one (The Lion King) was based on a film, and three others (The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Les Misérables) have had movies made of them. Now it may be Cats‘ time to shine on the silver screen.

Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed in a recent interview that Universal is working on a cinematic adaptation of the feline musical, and that we have the success of last year’s Les Mis to thank for it. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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The Princess Bride

Buttercup and Wesley’s epic romance took them from an idyllic farm to a castle, a torture chamber, the high seas, and the Fire Swamp. Now it’s also bringing them to the theater.

Disney Theatrical Productions is working on a stage adaptation of The Princess Bride, with Alan Horn shepherding for the studio. William Goldman, who wrote the 1973 novel on which Rob Reiner‘s 1987 film was based, will collaborate. Hit the jump for more details.

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