Disney Theatrical Productions May Bring The Muppets to Broadway


A Muppet musical may be in Broadway’s future! On Tuesday, Variety reported that Disney Theatrical Productions is considering bringing a live stage show featuring the Muppets to Broadway. A “short but elaborate” showcase directed by Alex Timbers was held at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York on May 31. The experimental showcase featured more than 85 Muppets and showed invited DTP staffers how a Muppets theatrical production could potentially work, focusing mostly on technical requirements.


“It was a test of concept,” Thomas Schumacher, producer and president of Disney Theatrical, told Variety. The showcase ran 15 minutes, and featured many existing Muppet songs such as “Rainbow Connection.”


Director Alex Timbers’s recent directing credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, and Here Lies Love. Timbers pitched the idea for a Muppets musical to Schumacher while they were working together on the Broadway transfer of the Peter Pan prequel Peter and the Starcatcher.


Whether The Muppets project will move forward remains to be seen. However, attendees seemed to enjoy the presentation. As far as a full production goes, Schumacher told Variety, “I’m very intrigued.”


Disney Theatrical has several projects in development including a redux of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The next Disney production to hit the Broadway stage will be a musical incarnation of Aladdin set to open in spring 2014. Perhaps the Muppets will make their Broadway debut in the near future.