Just when you thought you’ve heard everything, Broadway says “hold my Mickey bar.” There is a new play that will air virtually, called ‘Walt and Roy.’ This new play, written by Richard Allen and Taran Gray,”follows the brothers Disney from planting their roots in Los Angeles in 1923 to developing their film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937.”
The title characters will be played by Payson Lewis (The Sing-Off) who will play Walt Disney and Jonah Platt (Wicked) who will play Roy Disney. Then in a fun little twist Conner Peirson (The Book of Mormon) will play Ub Iwerks who was an important figure within Disney.
If you are unfamiliar with the name, Iwerks is credited with being the original designer of Mickey Mouse as well as Oswald the Rabbit. He also had a falling out with Walt because he didn’t feel he got the credit he deserved, and honestly he didn’t. But he did eventually return to the Walt Disney company later on.
The rest of the cast will include: “Chelsea Lapp, Alex Arthur, Kürt Norby, Thomas Reasoner, Jon Sangster, Victoria Beall, Lafras Le Roux, Scott Redmond, Hailee Lipscomb, Nathan Nonhof, Justin Kent, Cavin Mohrhardt, and Bryan Porter.” It will be directed by Richard Allen and music direction will be by Charlie Reuter.
The actual virtual performance will be on July 9th at 8PM EST and all the money, from ticket sales, will go to to two charities: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Broadway for Racial Justice.
If you are interested you can buy tickets HERE for $10. This play is part of a “festival” featuring the work of Allen and Gray that will take place over 4 nights. Walt and Roy is just one of the plays in the series.
It’s definitely an interesting idea! What do you think? Comment and let us know!
Featured Image: Payson Lewis and Jonah Platt
(images provided by Stacy Morgan PR)