‘The Princess Bride’ Musical in Early Stages of Disney Theatrical Production
Disney’s ‘The Princess Bride’ has always been seen as a potential Broadway musical since its 1987 release. Yet a newly established creative team of composer David Yazbek along with writers Bob Martin and Rick Elice bring the proposed theatrical production one major step closer to fruition.
Disney Theatrical Productions confirmed that the team has been recruited. Other details regarding the film-to-stage adaptation have yet to be decided.
The late great screenwriter William Goldman tried to get the story (which he adapted from his own novel) to the stage for years, originally teaming with composer Adam Guettel. The two eventually had a falling out—at least partially over money—but Disney never completely abandoned the project
The renewed interest in the project comes at a time when other Disney films are flourishing on The Great White Way, including ‘Frozen,’ ‘The Lion King,’ and ‘Aladdin.’ This summer, The Public Theater will stage ‘Hercules,’ based on the 1997 film, as part of the theater company’s Shakespeare in the Park season in New York’s Central Park.