I’ve had musicals and Broadway on my mind since my high school announced what our spring musical will be (No, it is not a Disney production). Before they told us what it was, we were all making guesses and sharing what musicals we would love to participate in and who we would like to play the role of. As I was going through musicals in my head, many came up that I realized weren’t even musicals, but only Disney movies that I wish had been made into Broadway spectaculars. Here are just some of the many Disney movies that I think should be made into Broadway musicals, along with my dream role for each. While you’re reading them, imagine what your dream role would be.
Dream Role: Mother Gothel
When I first saw Tangled, I had low expectations. Everyone knew the tale of Rapunzel, and I figured that it would be boring. Boy was I wrong. It was the classic tale that we all know and love injected with twists, turns and great music. I can picture the songs being performed on a Broadway stage easily, especially with the floating lantern scene and the song “I See the Light.” I wouldn’t mind being Mother Gothel in the Broadway adaption of this film. She has a spectacular song called “Mother Knows Best” that really sets the tone for this story, and she is very evil. I mean, who kidnaps a baby just to keep herself young?
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Dream Role: Sally
CAN YOU IMAGINE THE MAKEUP AND COSTUMING FOR THIS ONE? It would be AMAZING! I love this movie and all the songs that come with it. Especially since it was originally done with a Claymation animation affect, a Broadway conversion would look even more realistic. I can just picture the transition between Jack’s realm and Santa’s by the whole back wall of the stage turning 180 degrees to reveal the other set on the opposite side of the wall. Also, the character development is great, so audiences would definitely fall in love with them. Not to mention, it’s a holiday show that can be performed for many months instead of the standard one or two that Christmas shows get. Sally’s dress and makeup is very intricate and detailed, and she is the only character that is aware of how bad the transformation of the perfect Halloween land into a Christmas one is until the end of the movie. Plus, the falling limbs might be a cool effect to have!
Dream Role: Pocahontas
Can you imagine the scenery on a Broadway stage? I sure can! The effects used to echo the great outdoors would make you believe that you were actually there! Grandmother Willow would be an amazing structure that takes up half the stage. A girl can dream, right? Speaking of dreaming, I would absolutely LOVE to be Pocahontas. Many people say that I look just like her, and her songs are some of my favorite princess songs. Do I even need to explain my reasoning anymore?
Dream Role: Mushu
Mulan is a perfect combination of music, emotion, comedy, tragedy, and love. I love the storyline of this movie, and “I’ll Make a Man out of You” is a great workout song that I listen to when I run. It really pumps you up! Mushu is one sassy little dragon. He is placed for comic relief and every sentence that comes out of his mouth is followed by laughs and giggles. He also has a lot of different emotions to express, from shock to anger which I believe would be fun for anyone to portray.
Dream Role: Roz
CAN YOU IMAGINE!?!?!?! “Put That Thing Back Where It Came From or So Help Me” could be a REAL song! The creativity and time spent on making each individual monster different, even if they are only on stage for just a few moments, would be such a great process to be a part of. Plus, the characters are heavily loved by the Disney community due to their personalities. Speaking of personalities, Roz has a very unique one. She is the sassiest monster and is taking none of your work late. You don’t want to mess with her.
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Dream Role: Esmeralda
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an underappreciated Disney movie. This film tells a great story and has a lot of different types of lessons built into the storyline. In my opinion, the music in this film is the most heart-warming and deep of all the Disney movies. Songs like “Hellfire”, “God Help the Outcasts”, and “Out There” hit home to some people. Esmeralda is the main gypsy in this tale, and she has been through a lot as a person. Plus, she is one of the only female leads Disney has created that fits my singing range.
Dream Role: Winifred Sanderson
If you haven’t seen Hocus Pocus, what are you doing? I don’t care if Halloween was weeks ago, GO WATCH IT. If I had to pick one movie to represent my childhood, this is it. This movie actually came out in 1993 and is still very relevant today. The film follows three witches who are brought back to life after an unfortunate child lights a candle. Sounds confusing, doesn’t it? Trust me: It is not confusing at all. The three witches, the Sanderson Sisters, are comedic even when they don’t mean to be. One of these sisters, Winifred Sanderson, would be a dream role for me. She is the leader of the sisters, plus she is the wisest and the wickedest out of the three. I’d like to imagine that I would be both wise and wicked!
There’s nothing quite like the brilliance of Broadway. Bright lights, comfy seats, talented actors and songs that get stuck in your head for days. Add Disney into the mix and it’s a surefire way to spend a spectacular day. You don’t even have to visit New York because these productions often travel to a town near you. While you were reading the films I would like to see on Broadway, did you see yourself in any particular role? Do you agree that these would be great musicals? Do you disagree? Did I miss a Disney movie that should be on this list? Leave a comment below!
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Makena is a 15 year old high school student who spends much of her free time researching Disney. She enjoys sharing Disney facts and even plans Walt Disney World vacations (including searches for secrets and Hidden Mickeys) for friends and family. You can follow Makena on twitter @Makattack98 or on Facebook (Makena Wolcott). Makena began blogging for WDW Radio in December 2011.