As part of the lead up to Disney 23 Expo (D23), Alan Menken and Richard Sherman teamed up for for a telephone interview on Tuesday to promote The Disney Songbook concert being held this coming Saturday night at the D23 Expo. During the interview, Alan Menken was asked by Dave Parfitt if he would like to see any of his films turned into theatrical production. At first, Menken responded by saying that it would be “neat” to see Hercules developed. Then, to my surprise, he said announced “we are working on a cruise ship version of Tangled and who knows if that will find its way to the stage.”
Later in the interview when presented with the same question, Richard Sherman said he was “cautious about talking about to many things unless they are really on the road to happening.” Menken was quick to add in that he can be a “blabber mouth sometimes.” Those were his words, not mine.
Here is a brief clip from the interview.
Portions of Tangled are currently represented in the Disney Cruise Line stage shows. Rapunzel made her debut in The Golden Mickeys with the launch of the Disney Dream in 2011, signing Menken’s Academy Award nominated “I See the Light.” The following year, Disney’s Wishes debut on the Disney Fantasy with “I’ve Got a Dream”
Personally, I hope a production of Tangled sees the light of day in the Walt Disney Theatre. I would be thrilled if this production has been flying under the radar and is further along than Menken is letting on with plans to premier in October on the reimagined Disney Magic, but that is just wishful thinking. However, there were a series of casting calls in June seeking talented and versatile singers for a variety of Broadway musical theatre style shows on the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder for contracts beginning in September. However, this is more than likely just a coincidence. I reached out to Disney Cruise Line for comment, but have yet to hear back.
I would like to thank StitchKingdom.com for allowing me to listen in on the conference call.
Do you think Tangled would make a good addition to Disney Cruise Line’s stage show lineup? Chances are, if this becomes a reality, Tangled would replace a current show. Which show would you be willing to give up?