In case you’re a fan of musical theater and Marvel superheroes, then you definitely’re going to utterly fall in love with the brand new “Rogers: The Musical” coming to the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Journey.
In case you love one however not the opposite, then you definitely’ll nonetheless be thrilled on the audacity and absurdity of smashing the 2 unusual bedfellows collectively. In case you don’t like both, then you must in all probability go journey the Incredicoaster — as a result of “Rogers: The Musical” caters to 2 very large area of interest audiences, however in all probability received’t attraction to Broadway or Marvel novices.
Disneyland hosted a media preview of “Rogers: The Musical” on Thursday, June 29 within the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Journey. The brand new 30-minute one-act stage present primarily based on the life story of Captain America and starring Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Ant-Man and Hawkeye begins a restricted run on Friday, June 30.
“Rogers: The Musical” is at instances enjoyable, humorous, foolish, poignant, decided and romantic with loads of coronary heart and vitality. It’s totally ridiculous to see Captain America sing a love music on a Broadway stage surrounded by sequined USO singers, star spangled dancers, Thor and Iron Man — however one way or the other it really works. Briefly: That is the Marvel musical you didn’t know you have been ready for and received’t be capable to cease speaking about. The breezy and brisk theme park present expertly walks a superb line, taking itself critically, however not too critically.
At a number of factors, the characters actually ask “What’s with all of the singing and dancing?” As if they will’t imagine it themselves. Avengers founder Nick Fury summarizes the out-of-body expertise completely throughout his personal musical quantity: “It’s quite a bit to absorb.”
“In case you love the Avengers, should you love musical theater or should you simply need some enjoyable leisure, I believe there’s one thing for everyone,” Disney Reside Leisure Choreographer Sarah Kobayashi stated throughout a press convention.
Turning a single music in a Disney+ TV present from an inside joke meant for die-hard Marvel followers right into a Broadway-style musical at Disney California Journey introduced as many challenges because it did alternatives for Disneyland’s artistic group.
The Disney Reside Leisure artistic group used the “Save the Metropolis” music within the “Hawkeye” TV collection on the Disney+ streaming service as a leaping off level for “Rogers: The Musical.”
“All of us noticed that quantity within the ‘Hawkeye’ collection on Disney+ and checked out one another and stated, ‘We’ve acquired to do this,’” Disney Reside Leisure Govt Inventive Director Dan Fields stated. “It seems all the followers of this franchise have been additionally doing the identical factor on-line. They have been virtually demanding it.”
Regardless of how weird the notion, a Marvel musical looks as if an ideal match for Disneyland — particularly with the Hyperion Theater sitting vacant just a few steps away from the doorway to Avengers Campus.
“We’re reside leisure,” Fields stated throughout a web-based video interview. “We have now singers. We have now dancers. We have now superheroes proper subsequent door in our Avengers Campus. We’re already residing on this world.”
Basing a complete musical on the “Save the Metropolis” musical quantity within the “Hawkeye” collection raised as many questions because it answered.
“What would the remainder of this Steve Rogers story be? How far again wouldn’t it go? How do you inform his story and his arc? How do you reveal the true depth of the character over many a long time because it seems?” Fields stated. “It was a very enjoyable set of rhetorical conversations. There are such a lot of methods we are able to inform this story.”
One key problem for the Disney Reside Leisure group was translating comedian e book superhero motion into Broadway-style music and dance numbers.
“The dance numbers type of directed us. We begin the present with Steve Rogers’ origin story within the Nineteen Forties,” Fields stated. “You’ll discover each some historic dance and choreography tropes there, but in addition some time-travel components as nicely. We’re not locked onerous and quick right into a interval.”
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The backstory of the brand new Marvel musical at DCA follows the journey of Steve Rogers from his service in World Warfare II to turning into Earth’s first identified superhero to the delivery of the Avengers.
Marvel followers have been launched to the fictional “Rogers: The Musical” within the first episode of the Disney+ collection “Hawkeye.” Within the present, Hawkeye attends a efficiency of the Broadway musical in regards to the lifetime of Rogers, the primary Captain America.
“Within the present, all of the Avengers are invited to New York for the premiere of the model new, showstopping musical however solely Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, reveals up,” in keeping with Marvel.com. “The MIA Avengers don’t know what they’re lacking, although, as viewers are handled to a musical quantity primarily based on The Battle of New York … although just a few artistic liberties have been taken right here and there.”
Disney cryptically teased the upcoming run of “Rogers: The Musical” on the Hyperion throughout a reside efficiency on the D23 Expo in September on the Anaheim Conference Middle. D23 attendees watched a shock reside efficiency of “Save the Metropolis” from the musical in the course of the Marvel Studios panel.
The brand new “Rogers” musical in DCA’s Hyperion will characteristic “Save the Metropolis,” “Star Spangled Man” from the 2011 movie “Captain America: The First Avenger” and 5 new authentic songs written for the present.
The brand new present was written by Tony-nominee Hunter Bell with music by Grammy-winner Christopher Lennertz. Bell wrote the e book for “Villains Tonight” on the Disney Cruise Line, in keeping with Broadway World. Lennertz served as music director on Disneyland’s new “Wondrous Journeys” fireworks present.