This fall, fans of Winnie the Pooh will have the chance to experience a stage adaptation of A.A. Milne’s beloved story about a little boy named Christopher Robin and his friends who live in the Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation will be coming to New York City and premiering on Theatre Row beginning in October.
At the helm of the new Winnie the Pooh musical will be Johnathan Rockefeller who headed the productions of both The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Paddington Gets in a Jam.
When speaking with D23 about the new musical, Rockefeller said the following:
“Disney’s Winnie the Pooh material is so incredibly rich, that after more than half a century, I doubt there is anyone who hasn’t been profoundly moved or feels a personal connection with the wonderful characters of Pooh. The question we posed ourselves when creating this intimate musical adaptation was, ‘How do we bring Pooh from the screen and onto the stage in an entirely fresh and new way, yet one that still pays homage to the deep canon of Winnie the Pooh iconography?’ The answer was easy… well, conceptually easy, in theory… we needed to create incredible, brilliant, and amazing puppetry that makes it impossible to believe the characters aren’t real. Audiences can expect their hearts will be captivated by the characters, and their imaginations will soar with these life-size puppets.”
You can check out the teaser trailer for the adorable new musical adaption below:
D23 also shared that Winnie the Pooh will be joined on stage by some of his famous friends.
Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Owl, and—of course—Tigger, too, will come to life on stage through stunning life-size puppetry. The beautifully-crafted musical stage adaptation will feature the Sherman Brothers’ classic Grammy Award®-winning music with additional songs by A.A. Milne.
There is no word on who play has cast to play Christopher Robin, or if he will even be a part of the stage production. Tickets through TodayTix will go on sale beginning on June 1. General sale tickets will begin on June 14 and can be purchased through the Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation website.
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