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A ‘Princess Bride’ Musical may soon come to the Stage

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Few movies are as beloved as The Princess Bride, the romantic adventure that delivered a host of memorable characters and quotable lines to fans around the world. For some time Disney has been developing the film into a musical, but now they’ve announced a full creative team that is hoping to finally make it into a reality.

The Princess Bride Musical
The Princess Bride Musical

Disney reveals peculiar information regarding the project

Disney Theatrical has revealed that composer and lyricist David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit) and writers Bob Martin (The Prom) and Rick Elice (The Cher Show) will be shepherding the adaptation (via Broadway.com). For context, Disney announced the project was in the works back in 2013.

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The musical will be based on both the original William Goldman novel and the 1987 Rob Reiner film, and while we aren’t quite sure what has delayed development of the project Disney was excited back in 2013 about the possibilities

“The Princess Bride has proven to be an enduring delight and a beloved favorite to multiple generations,” said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, in a statement. “What William Goldman created is first and foremost a celebration of storytelling; what better place to spin that tale than on the stage?”

 

“I am thrilled that the next chapter in the life of The Princess Bride will unfold on the stage,” Goldman said. “With [Walt Disney Studios chairman] Alan Horn, Thomas Schumacher and his team at Disney Theatrical Productions leading the way, Buttercup, Wesley and all of Florin are in the best of hands.”

Efforts have been made since long for bringing THE PRINCESS BRIDE to the stage

The Princess Bride Musical Soon to be launched
The Princess Bride Musical Soon to be launched
There have been previous efforts to bring The Princess Bride to the stage, but none have quite come together.William Goldman, the writer behind both the original book and the 1987 movie adaptation, was at one time working with Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza, To Kill a Mockingbird) on a Princess Bride musical, but their collaboration fell apart in 2007. Goldman has since passed away, in November of 2018.
Still, Disney’s hopes of a Princess Bride musical haven’t faded. In 2013, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn-who was involved in the screen adaptation-reaffirmed his desire to realize the show. “My involvement in The Princess Bride goes back to 1987 and it has always been close to my heart,” Horn said, per the Hollywood Reporter. “For all those years and a few more, I’ve been friends with the brilliant Bill Goldman, and to now have a stage production of this film in development at Disney is honestly a dream come true.”

About the Story

POSTER:THE PRINCESS BRIDE 1987

For those unfamiliar with the book or the film, the story revolves around Buttercup, a woman who falls in love with the family’s farm-boy Wesley. Wesley eventually leaves the farm to seek adventure and fortune, but ultimately learns he’s been killed, and after hearing the news finally agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck, who has been pursuing her for some time. After she is kidnapped by three outlaws though, we learn that perhaps Wesley isn’t as dead as she thought, and the adventure only gets crazier from there.

TRAILER OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE 1987

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