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Animated ‘Witch’s Night Out’ to Become Stage Musical

Jim Dooley, a composer and songwriter who works regularly in TV, has acquired the musical theater rights to “Witch’s Night Out,” a 1978 animated special that starred the voices of Gilda Radner and Catherine O’Hara.

Dooley’s Queens and Kings Inc. aims to develop the property into an Off Broadway-scale family musical with a Halloween theme. He’ll work with director Rye Mullis, the director of three editions of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, to develop the show.

The Canadian animated special “Witch’s Night Out” centers on two kids who enlist the help of a witch, played by Radner, to achieve some truly monstrous Halloween costumes, and follows the chaos that ensues when the witch accidentally loses her magic wand. Produced by Jonathan Rogers with partner Jean Rankin and originally airing on NBC, the special ran annually on the Disney Channel and Fox between 1983 and 1993, and last year was released as part of Mill Creek Entertainment’s Halloween DVD collection.

Dooley currently composes the score for TNT drama “The Last Ship,” and has worked in the past on shows including “Pushing Daisies.” He also wrote the music for the Oscar-nominated short “Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare.”

No timeline for the stage version of “Witch’s Night Out” has yet been set.

 

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