The Next Movie Musicals? 'Frozen' and 'Groundhog Day' Are Now Being Developed for the Stage

The Next Movie Musicals? 'Frozen' and 'Groundhog Day' Are Now Being Developed for the Stage

Jan 14, 2014

Groundhog Day

The (Hollywood) hills are alive with the sound of music! Find out which movies are about the get the stage show treatment (we're betting at least one of them surprises you).

When you think of movies that would make good stage musicals, we're guessing most people don’t immediately think of Groundhog Day. The 1993 film stars Bill Murray as a man forced to live the same day over and over in the small town of Punxsutawney, and has gone on to become a minor cult classic. Now, it could become a hit on the stage if composer Tim Minchin has his say.

Minchin is hard at work crafting a musical version of the film and explains why he thinks it’s a viable candidate for the stage:

The central conceit is perfectly suited to the theatre, in my opinion. In fact, I think many of its ideas could be enhanced by the stage. It has the potential to be complex, dark, visually fascinating, and thematically rich, whilst still being a joyous romantic comedy with cool tunes and lots of gags. It's certainly not an easy job, and I'm truly honoured and genuinely excited that Danny [Rubin] is letting me have a crack at it. “

Don’t start looking to score tickets yet – Minchin reveals that an actual stage show is probably several years away, but he does plan to workshop it this summer. In the meantime, enjoy a clip from the film. [via Baeble Music]

In less surprising news, Disney is also talking stage shows – and the next one in the queue could be based on one of 2013’s biggest hits: the animated feature Frozen.

Disney boss Bob Iger hinted at the plans in a recent CNN Fortune blog post. In it, he talked about the success of the film and what it meant to the company’s animation division – and how they could further capitalize on its success moving forward. One example of that? A stage play.

Iger revealed that Disney is in talks to develop a stage show based on the film, but added, “We're not demanding speed. We're demanding excellence."

Expect more details on this one in the coming months.

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