Disney Theatrical Prods. launched its Broadway operations in 1994 with a stage version of the Oscar-winning 1991 animated pic. The outing was the org’s first long-running Rialto hit, clocking a 13-year run.
The Lion King
The company took a risk on an artsy, little-known Off Broadway director named Julie Taymor and came away with a smash that opened in 1997 (three years after the movie’s release) and went on to become one of Broadway’s iconic current hits, with outposts and touring productions all over the world.
The first DTP show that didn’t come directly from a Disney animated title (although the story had been kicked around as a possible toon before it moved to the stage), “Aida” didn’t hit the landmark status of “The Lion King” but proved plenty successful, opening in 2000 and running 4½ years.
One of a couple of high-profile DTP disappointments in Gotham, the technically complex stage version of Disney’s 1999 movie lasted barely more than a year on Broadway. It’s since found life in a retooled version seen internationally.
DTP paired with veteran producer Cameron Mackintosh (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables”) on this show, which bowed in the U.K. in 2004 and played a three-year West End run. The Broadway incarnation opened in 2006 and carved out a run of more than six years.
The Little Mermaid
The adaptation of the 1989 film that rejuvenated Disney’s animation activities never found its sea legs, opening in 2008 but sinking after about 18 months. Like “Tarzan,” it’s also been retooled for international stages.
High School Musical
The stage version of the 2006 Disney Channel hit kicked off in a 2007 national tour and has played around the world.
DTP originally developed this musical adaptation of Disney’s cult 1992 movie for the licensing clients who were clamoring for it, but an initial regional staging proved so warmly received by audiences and critics alike that the show shifted to Broadway in 2012 and is still running there.
Peter and the Starcatcher
A play with music based on the 2004 novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (and published by Disney’s Hyperion Books), the Peter Pan prequel took a storytelling-theater approach to the whimsical tale and nabbed five Tonys in 2012. The show, led by a team of commercial producers with DTP on board, played less than a year on Broadway and never recouped there, but it went on to transfer to an Off Broadway run that will shutter in January.
The Jungle Book
As with “Lion King,” DTP went with another artsy director with a signature style (in this case, Mary Zimmerman) for a musical version of Disney’s 1967 classic toon, which bowed in Chicago over the summer and played a fall run in Boston. Both runs were record-breaking hits for the regional theaters; no future plans for the title are yet set.
Aladdin Toronto Adam Jacobs
The musical version of Disney’s 1992 animated pic bowed in Seattle in 2011 and is currently playing a Toronto tryout prior to a spring 2014 opening on Broadway.
Shakespeare in Love
The 1998 Oscar winner has been in play as a possible legit company for years. DTP partners with transatlantic expert Sonia Friedman Prods. for a lavish play adaptation bowing on the West End next year.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
This adaptation of the 1996 feature bowed in a 1999 German production “Der Glockner von Notre Dame,” but is now in the midst of further development for a potential future staging.
Father of the Bride
Disney owns the rights to the contempo-update elements of the 1991 remake, but instead is going ahead with an adaptation of the novel and the 1950 MGM pic sans any of those modern flourishes.
This brewing tuner is an adaptation of the well-known Disney title — both a 1976 title and a 2003 remake.
The Princess Bride
Still in stages so early there’s no creative team yet attached, the 20th Century Fox property was brought to DTP via current Disney Studios head Alan Horn, who co-founded Castle Rock with a group that included “Princess Bride” helmer Rob Reiner.
Untitled Muppet Project
No one’s sure yet what it will look like, but it’s at least certain that DTP is exploring the Disney-owned Muppets for a potential stage vehicle.
Untitled “Make Believe” Project
Not yet officially confirmed, this adaptation of a 2010 doc about teen magicians is in its initial stages of development.