Hunchback of Notre Dame

Disney has a long history of bringing their successful film musicals into real life via the theater stage. Movies like Beauty and The Beast, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid have all made it to Broadway. The Lion King, Newsies and Aladdin are still (or soon to be) playing. There are rumors Frozen is in the works too, but before that can go into production a brand new project has been announced. It’s based on the 1996 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and will feature the music and lyrics of multiple Oscar, Grammy and Tony winners Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, responsible for work like Newsies, Wicked, and Little Shop of Horrors.

The show will debut at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA in October before a potential, but as-yet-unconfirmed, Broadway run. Read More »

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Walt Disney Studios has announced the title for their Holiday 2013 movie — Frozen. All of the Hollywood tradepapers are reporting that the movie in question is the Pixar film announced at D23 Expo: Bob Peterson’s “The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs“. This is not the case.  It seems that the confusion came as the Dinosaur project originally had the November 27th, 2013 date, and it appears Walt Disney Animation has now taken that date for their own release. What is the film? The project formerly known as The Snow Queen.

We have independently confirmed this with three sources. I was first tipped off when Pixar animators were tweeting the news, expressing their surprise as even they had not heard about the title. I confirmed with Disney Publicity that it wasn’t a Pixar movie after all, right before BleedingCool tipped me that the project might actually be The Snow Queen. And have since confirmed their report with people in the know.

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Alan Menken has won eight Oscars, mostly for his work on such Disney classics as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. He’s both a composer and songwriter who is synonymous with upbeat, happy music that’s fun for the whole family. Now that Disney owns Marvel, it seems they’ve imported their Oscar-winner to help with one of their upcoming comic book movies, Captain America: The First Avenger. According to Badass Digest, Menken is writing a song, or songs, for the film that will most likely be used when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is sent out on a USO tour. Read more after the break. Read More »

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