Two wildly different movies will be getting stage musical adaptations in the near future, with a Broadway version of the 1993 comedy classic Groundhog Day being developed, while Disney Parks is making a Tangled musical for their Disney Cruise Lines. The Groundhog Day musical is being developed by composer-lyricist Tim Minchin, director Matthew Warchus, choreographer Peter Darling and set and costume designer Rob Howell, the team behind the current Broadway adaptation of the 1996 movie Matilda. They will all collaborate on the play's book with Danny Rubin, who came up with the original Groundhog Day story and co-wrote the screenplay with director Harold Ramis.
Scott Rudin will produce the play with Andre Ptaszysnki's Whistle Pig Productions and Columbia Stage Live. The original movie centered on a weatherman (Bill Murray) who is assigned to cover the Groundhog Day ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where he gets caught in a time loop and is forced to re-live the same day over and over again. Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray and Marita Geraghty co-starred in the comedy classic.
The Tangled musical will debut on the Disney Magic cruise ship on November 11 during a four-night cruise to the Bahamas. The stage musical will include brand new songs from composer Alan Menken. The Disney Parks blog promises that they will be sharing exclusive videos with the fans as the show comes together. Take a look at the musical's official description below.
"Tangled: The Musical" will immerse you in Rapunzel's fairytale world through lavish production numbers and spellbinding music. The show will stay true to the storyline from the hit feature film-with a few special twists to create a live staged production-featuring favorite characters like Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, the villainous Mother Gothel and Maximus the police horse. Three new songs created exclusively for this show by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater will bring the story to life onstage."