Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks Musical Poster.jpeg
Official poster
Music
Lyrics
BookBrian Hill
BasisStories by Mary Norton
and 1971 Walt Disney film
Premiere14 August 2021: Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne
Productions
  • 2021 UK and Ireland tour

Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a stage musical based on the 1971 Walt Disney film and the stories by Mary Norton. It features the original songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, new songs and additional music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill.

Background

The musical was originally due to premiere at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater from May 30 to July 28, 2019 as part of its 2018/19 season, directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell, however due to Rockwell's death on May 26, 2018 the musical had been postponed and replaced with a production of Six.[1][2][3]

In May 2020 while speaking about the closure of Frozen on Broadway to The New York Times, Thomas Schumacher, the president of Disney Theatrical Productions, confirmed the musical was in development with new directors Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison.[4]

Production history

2021-22 UK and Ireland tour

The musical had its world premiere at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle upon Tyne on 14 August 2021 before embarking on a UK and Ireland tour until May 2022.[5] The production is directed by Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison, with set design and illusions also by Jamie Harrison. Costume design is by Gabriella Slade, orchestrations are by Simon Hale, musical supervision is by Tom Murray, choreography and movement direction are by Neil Bettles, sound design is by Gareth Fry, lighting is by Simon Wilkinson, production management is by Gary Beestone, and casting by Jill Green and Jo Hawes.

The production is produced by Michael Harrison by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions.[6] Casting for the production was announced on 4 June 2021 including Dianne Pilkington as Miss Price and Charles Brunton as Emelius Browne.[7]

Cast and characters

Character UK and Ireland tour (2021)
Miss Eglantine Price Dianne Pilkington
Professor Emelius Browne Charles Brunton
Charlie Rawlins Conor O'Hara
Carrie Rawlins Izabella Bucknell
Sapphire Hagon
Poppy Houghton
Evie Lightman
Paul Rawlins Dexter Barry
Haydn Court
Jasper Hawes
Aidan Oti
Mrs. Jessica Hobday Jacqui DuBois
Sherman, a Bear Mark Anderson
King Leonidas, a Lion Matthew Elliot-Campbell
Norton, a Fish Rob Madge
Angela, a Bird Emma Thornett
Mrs. Heather Mason Sussanah van den Berg
Ensemble Kayla Carter
Sam Lupton
Nathaniel Morrison
Sadie-Jean Shirley
Robin Simoes da Silva
Swing Jessica Aubrey
Georgie Buckland
Jonathan Cobb
Vinnie Monachello

Musical Numbers

References

  1. ^ "Stage Adaptation of Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks Sets Chicago World Premiere". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  2. ^ "Season Announcement". Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  3. ^ Jones, Chris. "Chicago Shakespeare to nix 'Broomsticks' and premiere new rock opera 'Six'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  4. ^ Paulson, Michael (2020-05-14). "Disney Closes 'Frozen' on Broadway, Citing Pandemic". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-15.
  5. ^ "Bedknobs & Broomsticks Musical UK Tour - Bedknobs & Broomsticks Tickets 2021". British Theatre. 2021-05-10. Retrieved 2021-06-04.
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (2020-12-11). "Stage Version of Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks Will Launch U.K. Tour in 2021". Playbill. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  7. ^ BWW News Desk. "Dianne Pilkington to Lead BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS World Premiere; Initial Casting Announced". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2021-06-04.