A touring musical version of “101 Dalmatians” will hit the road in the fall — but it’s not from Disney Theatrical Prods.
“The 101 Dalmatians Musical,” bowing in October in Minneapolis, is based on the original 1957 book by Dodie Smith. Jerry Zaks (“Guys and Dolls,” “Six Degrees of Separation”) helms the new tuner, from book writer and co-lyricist BTMcNicholl and composer and co-lyricist Dennis DeYoung of the rock band Styx.
Tour is produced by Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Prods., Troika Entertainment and Luis Alvarez, who produced a separate “101 Dalmatians” tuner in Madrid in 2001.
Although the “Dalmatians” property is closely associated with Disney because of the Mouse’s 1961 animated pic and 1996 live-action feature, Disney’s legit arm is not involved in the new musical.
No human cast members have been announced for the production, although 15 actual Dalmatians, many of them rescued from animal shelters, will also star.
Plot centers on two spotted dogs who set out to rescue their pups after they are stolen by Cruella de Vil.
Production preems Oct. 13 in Minneapolis and then hits the road for a tour that includes a three-week stop at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater in Gotham.