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Top 10 Disney Movies That Should be Adapted for Broadway

VO: Lisa Yang
Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean We’d love for these Disney movies to be adapted into Broadway productions! Disney movies like Mulan. Rapunzel, The Princess and the Frog, Hocus Pocus, Pocahontas, Bedknocks and Broomstooks, The Nightmare Before Christmas we’d definitely pay to see. Facebook: Twitter: Spotify: Instagram:

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Top 10 Disney Movies That Should be Adapted for Broadway

These are the films that need to make the jump from the silver screen to the stage! Welcome to MsMojo, and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Disney Movies That Should be Adapted for Broadway.

For this list, we’ll be looking at Disney films that we believe would make for excellent Broadway productions. We won’t be including any Disney films with planned Broadway productions, such as “Frozen” and "Hercules."

#10: “The Great Mouse Detective” (1986)

Since it came out before late-‘80s and early ‘90s classics, “The Great Mouse Detective is often overlooked. Well we need Basil on the case, because it’s downright criminal that this film didn’t get more love! This film only has a handful of musical numbers, but the “Sherlock Holmes” and mystery themes offer plenty of opportunity to inject some tunes, and we already know that “The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind” would be an absolute showstopper. Admittedly, it’d be hard to find someone to fill Vincent Price’s shoes as Professor Ratigan, and a cast decked out as rodents would be hard to sell – but if “Cats” can be hugely successful, why not mice?

#9: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

Most things Disney seem to be associated with bright, fantastical locations and characters. If Broadway brought Tim Burton’s Town of Halloween to life, however, it would no doubt be a beautifully gothic, eerie, and exciting experience. The design and performances of Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie, and Sally would no doubt be breath-taking to behold, especially when it comes to their signature songs. Whether you’re a huge fan of the Pumpkin King or just want something a little different for Christmas, this could truly be a haunting breath of fresh air for theatregoers.

#8: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)

Granted, it’s unlikely that the battle sequences and set pieces could be fully translated to the stage given the size and scope of the film. Plus, it’s always a gamble as to whether any of the newly crafted songs would gel with the rest of the narrative, but one thing is assured: nail the part of Captain Jack Sparrow and the rest will all fall into place. Given the franchise’s steady decline in quality, perhaps a stage-bound reimagining is just what the swashbuckling juggernaut needs. Oh, and please give Pintel and Ragetti their own song. They deserve at least that much!

#7: “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” (1971)

No one could ever replace Angela Lansbury as our favorite witchcraft practitioner, but after four decades we think it’s time that the famous bed took flight again to introduce a whole new generation to its wonder. With the backdrop of a war-torn London during the Blitz mixed together with the magical land of Naboombu, the chance to create an intricate and stunning piece is ripe for the taking, so long as they can get the flying mechanics sorted out! Here’s hoping that The Age of Not Believing isn’t here just yet.

#6: “Pocahontas” (1995)

There was certainly some backlash regarding the portrayal of Native Americans when this Disney Princess made her landmark debut, but many are in agreement that this flick nailed it in the music department! So what better way to pay homage and slightly tweak the story than by having Broadway put its own spin on “Pocahontas”? Here are a few ideas to pull it off: add another layer of development to Pocahontas’ people, maybe cut back on the antics of her beloved raccoon pal, but for the love of everything go all out when it comes to “Colors of the Wind!”

#5: “Hocus Pocus” (1993)

The massive cult status this film has earned is more than enough reason to give it a chance in the spotlight, with its ‘90s cheesiness making it a perennial Halloween favorite. But ultimately, there are really only three things a Broadway production of “Hocus Pocus” needs to get right, and their names are Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson. The chemistry and comedy this trio of witches made the film what it is. So as long as they manage to snag the majority of the production’s running time and get a whole plethora of songs to themselves, this one writes itself!

#4: “Mulan” (1998)

She’s one of the greatest animated female characters of all time; of course she deserves a shot at Broadway! The tale of one woman’s struggle to protect her family and find her true path in life as she joins the war effort against the Huns would indeed be a monster of a production to make, given all the combat and explosions. However, as long as they give us a captivating Mulan whose rendition of “Reflection” cuts out our heartstrings, it should be smooth sailing. Of course, it’s safe to say that if pulled off successfully, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” would be the highlight of the whole show.

#3: “Tangled” (2010)
Talk about coming out swinging. As part of the modern lineup of Disney Princesses, the story of Rapunzel was given a modern interpretation with plenty of humor, poignancy, and a love story that stayed true to her character as a dreamer just dying for a chance at a new life outside of her tower. With so many hit songs like “I See the Light” and “Mother Knows Best,” “Tangled” has the potential to be a powerhouse on Broadway should they successfully fill the parts of Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Mother Gothel, and of course, Maximus and Pascal. A shortened stage musical has already premiered on the Disney Cruise Line; perhaps “Tangled” will make it to Broadway someday too.

#2: “The Princess and the Frog” (2009)

Bringing the look of New Orleans, topics like responsibility and racism, not to mention some killer jazz numbers to the forefront of the Disney scene, “The Princess and the Frog” is an ideal candidate to translate to the Broadway stage. Sure, a stage show would not have the luxury of beautifully animated transformation scenes, but the things that could be done with songs like “Almost There” and “When We’re Human” would be nothing short of marvelous. And let’s not forget the spectacular villain Dr. Facilier, whose performance of “Friends on the Other Side” could be a showstopper.

Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions.:
- “Fantasia” (1940)
- “The Princess Diaries" (2001)

- “The Emperor’s New Groove” (2000)

#1: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)

Disney’s take on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” actually inspired a stage adaptation in Germany. An English version eventually made it to America, but never made the leap to Broadway. Regardless, we feel it’s time Broadway got its hands on this Victor Hugo-inspired Disney classic. Given the film’s scale and scope in terms of setting and musical numbers, it would certainly be an ambitious undertaking. However, we have no doubt that live performances of “God Help the Outcasts” and “Hellfire” would not only be a feast for the ears, but for the eyes as well – especially if they can get themselves a conniving, creepy, and oddly enthralling Frollo on par with Tony Jay.

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