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Zounds! Disney’s Doing a Musical Based on a Shakespeare Play

Disney has reportedly hired Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers to direct a movie musical version of one of William Shakespeare’s plays. Which one, we don’t know. Titus Andronicus? No, probably not. Chopped off body parts aren’t very Disney-ish. And Hamlet‘s been done already (see title image)…

Timbers already has experience with musical-izing the Bard: He’s currently working on a musical version of Love’s Labour’s Lost for Shakespeare in the Park. Says the director of his Disney undertaking:

“The script stretches the boundaries of the movie musical and demands the sort of surprising visuals and raucous spectacle I love to create in my own stage musicals.”

For the theater kids reading this, the stage musicals Timbers has directed include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway, plus Disney’s Peter And The Starcatcher.

The yet-unnamed Shakespeare musical is being co-produced by Adam Shankman, who directed the movie versions of Hairspray and Rock of Ages. The writer is relative newcomer Amy Talkington. There’s nothing else we know about the musical yet, not even what movie it will be based on (though Susana predicts A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which sounds about right to me.) So, in absence of any more concrete information, here’s a set-list for the imaginary production of Shakespeare: The Musical that I just came up with in my head.

To Dance or Not to Dance

I Won’t Be Tamed

A Fool’s Waltz

Bottom’s Up

Vengeance in Vienna

And finally, Anne Hathaway sings a song called “Anne Hathaway,” because if you think I’m ever going to write a Shakespeare-related post in which I don’t make a stupid joke about how the actress and Shakespeare’s wife share the same name you are sorely mistaken.

I need help, readers. Comment with more (and better) song titles. I’m blanking.

(via: Deadline)

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  • gia manry

    Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  • Anonymous

    Midsummer sounds right but I’m gonna hold out for Twelfth night. I saw Anne Hathaway do it in the Park once, actually, and it was AMAZING. She makes a great Viola.

  • NS Harris

    can I just say how much I love that you know (and keep reminding us) about the original Anne Hathaway. #englishlitnerds unite.

  • Grahame Turner

    If it’s not Titus Andronicus, I am not interested.

    If the soundtrack of this movie that doesn’t exist isn’t by the band Titus Andronicus, doubly so.

  • Erin Treat

    Yes, Midsummer Night’s Dream sounds like a very good fit.

  • Erin Treat

    Yes, Midsummer Night’s Dream sounds like a very good fit.

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    Comedy of errors in all its slapstick glory

  • Alana Beltzer

    Much Ado About Tango

  • Heather

    Jealous! I wanted to see that, but the line was completely insane. =(

    I would love it if they did a musical version of Twelfth Night, it’s my favorite.

  • Anonymous

    MacBeth: The Scottish Musical.

  • Liz Wright


    sigh no okay i know that wouldn’t make any money whatsoever

    just not Midsummer, it’s overdone. I would think they could do something really beautiful and interesting with The Tempest–c’mon, Disney’s great with magic.

  • Sarah

    Love’s Labor Lost with Kenneth Branagh actually had musical numbers and was super cute.

  • Kate

    I honestly can’t imagine that it’s not Midsummer. It’s the only one that can be changed into something kid friendly without MAJOR changes to the plot. Though I would give a lot to see the Disney version of Macbeth.

  • Ian Osmond

    LLL is a reasonable choice — my wife and I have seen it done as a musical twice — the Kenneth Brannaugh, and a student production at Harvard.

  • Amy W

    I’ve seen a (n older-reader, ie older-elementary) picture book adaptation of The Tempest that worked well. I agree with the above comment that that would be a great Disney-musical-possibilities choice.