Is Jason Segel behind this? Or perhaps this is just his dream come true. With Aladdin coming to Broadway in 2014, Disney Theatrical Productions is exploring the idea of bringing The Muppets to the stage. The talks are in the early stages but on May 31st a handful of people involved with the potential project put on a showcase to determine whether or not a live stage show with Muppets would be possible.
Scheduling of the recent trial, which ran only 15 minutes, was timed to take place during a window of overlapping availability for Timbers, the New Amsterdam (currently dark in advance of the spring 2014 bow of “Aladdin”) and the actual band of puppets, following the filming of Disney’s “The Muppets… Again!,” on tap for a March release.
The Muppets presentation was one part of Disney Theatrical’s broad slate of development activities, with legit incarnations of “Shakespeare in Love” and “Father of the Bride,” plus a redux of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” among the titles that are far further along on the road to the stage.
It’s too early to say whether a project will develop out of the recent Muppets event. But according to attendees, the brief tryout seemed to go well, and a stage version of the Muppets seems a no-brainer given the high profile of the widely beloved Disney property.
Would you like to see the Muppets on stage? Disney and Broadway seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. We’re sure this would do well if it makes it to opening night. Disney should get themselves print brokers and start advertising this wherever they can. Fans will go nuts. If anything, they can expect Jason Segel to be in attendance. This is reminding me of Forgetting Sarah Marshall.