5 Animated Disney Movies That Would Work Great On Broadway


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Disney is always bringing their classic animated films to Broadway in new and creative ways. From Beauty and the Beast to The Lion King to Frozen these bring the iconic animated films to a great new medium.

But what other films would work well on Broadway. Today we are exploring an additional five Disney animated films that would translate well to the stage, that Disney has yet to attempt in a major way.

Princess and the Frog

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Princess and the Frog is a movie that is almost begging to be a musical. With a classical musical theater inspired jazz score, it would translate well to the stage with a few additional songs to build out the score. With Disney's work with puppets in the past, it would be great to see how they would do the frog scenes.

Lilo and Stitch

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Lilo and Stitch is almost begging to be a jukebox musical featuring the music of Elvis. Telling the story of the film with the music of Elvis could make this film the next great jukebox musical following in line with the great jukebox musicals of the past like Mama Mia and Jersey Boys, while also including original music like Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride.


Moana featured music from composer Lin Manuel Miranda and could easily be turned into a stage musical with a few more songs, specifically in the second half of the story.

Just imagine how Disney could translate things like Tamatoa or the final battle to the stage. How Far I'll Go and You're Welcome are begging to be Broadway anthems, and hopefully, they will become a part of the Broadway songbook someday soon.


Coco is a brilliant film that pays tribute to Mexican cultural and musical heritage that would work wonderfully on stage. Disney already did a partial stage adaptation of the film at the Hollywood Bowl that proves how well many of the moments from this film would work on stage, from the multiple performances of Remember Me, to the final confrontation between Mama Imelda and Ernesto De La Cruz.


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 Some of the best stage musicals Disney has done have been adaptations of the brilliant musical films of the Disney Renaissance. Beauty and the Beast. Lion King. Aladdin. Really the only major one they haven't attempted yet is Pocahontas. While it would certainly be difficult to translate to the stage, the score is on par with the other films of the era, and would make a brilliant stage musical.