|Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation|
|Music||Richard M. Sherman|
Robert B. Sherman
|Lyrics||Richard M. Sherman|
Robert B. Sherman
by A. A. Milne
Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation is a 2021 musical based on the film franchise of the same name. The music and lyrics were written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman with a book by Jonathan Rockefeller. The production also borrows elements from the short stories of the same name.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the musical had its debut at the Theatre Row Building in New York City in October 2021 and was met with a positive critical response.
In 2019, it was reported that there had been plans to adapt the Winnie the Pooh stories into a Broadway musical with a book written by Edward Albee, but those plans were put on hold when Albee became busy. In May 2021, Disney Theatrical Productions announced that the Winnie the Pooh stories would be adapted as a musical, utilizing puppetry to portray the characters.
Previews occurred at the Theatre Row Building on Theatre Row in New York City, New York, from October 21 until its world premiere on November 4, 2021. Jonathan Rockefeller adapted the characters, while utilizing several pieces of music and lyrics from the Sherman Brothers. In September 2021, the cast was revealed to consist of Jake Bazel as Winnie-the-Pooh, Chris Palmieri as Tigger, Kirsty Moon as Piglet and Roo, Emmanuel Elpenord as Eeyore, Rabbit, and Owl, and Kristina Dizon as Kanga, while Sebastiano Ricci served as an understudy.
A production began playing at Mercury Theatre Chicago in Chicago, Illinois for a limited 13-week run lasting from March 15 to June 12, 2022.
|Character||New York City
Jonathan Rockefeller composited several pieces of music and lyrics from the Sherman Brothers.
Alex Reif of The Laughing Place gave a positive review, saying the show "captures the charm and whimsy of A. A. Milne's timeless stories and Disney's memorable animated adaptations." Alexia Fernández of People commented on the production, saying the life-sized puppetry was "stunning". Writing for Yahoo!, Fernández also said the show "has already broken theatre box office records for the largest advance of any show at Theatre Row in New York City.