If there’s one thing I don’t mind Disney tinkering with, it’s stage musical versions of classic films. Something about an animated or live-action feature getting the Broadway-like treatment feels right. Live-action remakes of classic, though … ugh.
The DisInsider posted a bit of info that surprised me. ‘Bedknobs & Broomsticks’ is getting a stage musical. My all-time favorite Disney film! The unique story was set during WWII and featured a combo of live-action, animation, and quite a bit of special effects work.
Not to mention it starred the beloved Dame Angela Lansbury as aspiring witch Ms. Price. David Tomlinson co-stared and was just the right foil for the no-nonsense Price. If you haven’t seen it yet, get on Disney+ and get ready for one of Disney’s most ambitious films.
This production, directed by Candice Edmunds, will retain music by the Sherman Brothers and feature new songs by Neil Bartram. Casting is ongoing. Right now, the production is looking for two of the three siblings who come into Miss Price’s care. The casting call for ‘Bedknobs’ hit twitter thanks to children’s casting director Jo Hawks. Right now the parts of Carrie and Paul are being sought.
BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS Looking for Carrie and Paul – June to December. Height limits slightly raised – Carrie 4'8 & Paul 4'6. New children only please. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with name/height/age/postcode. https://t.co/jC23fyZ0h5
— Jo Hawes CDG (@JoHawes1) April 12, 2021
The stage show will premiere on August 14th in the UK and Ireland this year. Tickets can be purchased in advance thanks to the show’s official website.
Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks makes its world premiere as an exciting new musical. With the original songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), including Portobello Road, The Age Of Not Believing, The Beautiful Briny and new music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill, Bedknobs and Broomsticks will be brought to life by award-winning theatre-makers Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison.
When the three orphaned Rawlins children are reluctantly evacuated from wartime London to live with the mysterious Eglantine Price, they have no idea what adventures lie ahead. Upon discovering Eglantine to be a trainee witch, they join forces to search for a secret spell that will defeat the enemy once and for all. Armed with an enchanted bedknob, a bewitched broomstick and a magical flying bed, they encounter surprising new friendships on their journey from Portobello Road to the depths of the beautiful briny sea.
This magical new musical flies into a venue near you so book your tickets today! It’s time to start believing.
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