Disney Announces World Premiere For Freaky Friday Musical
Disney is preparing a new kind of magic for the stage in 2016! This new magic is a new take for Disney too as they develop a stage work not from one of their animated Golden Age films but a more recent film just about everyone knows. Whether you know the story from reading it as a child or having seen the latest film adaptation just over a decade ago, Disney’s Freaky Friday is next up for the stage in 2016. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Disney has lined up a world premiere for its brand new Freaky Friday musical!
Arlington’s Signature Theatre will be home to the world premiere of the new Freaky Friday musical developed by Disney Theatrical Productions. The production will play Signature’s MAX Theatre running from October 4th through November 13th, 2016. Two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley will direct the production with Sergio Trujillo serving as choreographer. Best known for creating Next to Normal, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Pictured Above Right) have penned music and lyrics for the musical with Bridget Carpenter providing a book. According to production notes, the book has been updated to take place in modern-day.
The Freaky Friday musical has been developed by Disney Theatrical Productions over the past several years now. The show received a developmental lab in April 2015 and is being developed specifically to license to theaters. According to the press release, worldwide rights to the production will become available after the Signature run in Fall 2016. Rights will be available through Musical Theatre International (MTI). A Broadway bow is not anticipated, expected or announced at this time.
“Signature Theatre is pleased to be teaming with Disney on bringing the world premiere of Freaky Friday to Signature. With this terrific writing team of Bridget, Tom and Brian along with Chris and Sergio leading the charge, Freaky Friday promises to be an exciting new musical of the classic Mary Rodgers tale.”
Freaky Friday is a classic children’s book first published in 1972 and written by Mary Rodgers. Telling the story of a mother and daughter who are switched into each other’s bodies, the story has adapted several times for other forms of entertainment. The story was made into a film in 1976 as well as a television series for Disney in 1995. The best known and most recent take on Freaky Friday was in 2003 when Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan (Pictured Below Left) took on the mother and daughter roles in a new film version. The musical promises to boost a “tuneful pop-rock score, befitting a work that has effortlessly updated throughout its several iterations”.
Luner Lowdown: We’re thrilled to hear Disney’s Freaky Friday musical adaptation will finally come to the stage after being in the works for years! Whenever speaking about upcoming productions that were in the works, this one has always made the list. The choice to develop Freaky Friday solely for licensing purposes is not a new one for Disney. However, nothing can be promised in a theatrical world where just about anything can happen if you let it (Thanks Mary Poppins). Disney was planning to originally produce Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse to head into the regional/licensing circuit. However, after an acclaimed run, the show headed to Broadway where it played for two years before heading out on a national tour. In the opposite case, Disney produced The Hunchback Of Notre Dame at both La Jolla and Paper Mill Playhouse just last season and recently announced despite critical acclaim and sold-out performances, the show would head into licensing as opposed to Broadway as many had hoped. Only time will truly tell to see where Disney’s Freaky Friday musical will end up.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Freaky Friday heads to Signature Theatre to make its world premiere in 2016! We’re looking forward to learning more about this production as Disney Theatrical prepares to pull out all the stops for this production’s world premiere! For more information, visit Signature’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!