THE NEW MUSICAL STAGE ADAPTATION Announces National Tour
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation will embark on a national tour this fall. Performances begin Sept. 16, 2022, in Irving, Texas at the Irving Arts Center, and will tour the United States through May 7, 2023. The announcement was made just as the New York-based company prepares to begin performances of the production at the Hundred Acre Theater. at Theater Row in New York on June 18, 2022.
The famous Drama Desk nominated show will bring Pooh, Christopher Robin and their best friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl (and Tigger too!) to the New York stage in a show created by Jonathan Rockefeller.
The cast will be announced later. For all information on the show’s summer tour of New York, as well as national tour cities and dates, go to www.winniethepoohshow.com
Inspired by AA Milne’s beloved books and classic Disney featurettes, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation was hosted in New York from October 2021.
“We’re proud to present quality family entertainment on Broadway, not just in New York City, but across the country. The music, spectacular life-size puppets, and charming performances are the perfect way to introduce (or reintroduce) audiences to live theater, and it’s a must-see show for Winnie the Pooh fans of all ages.The smiles on the faces of youngsters seeing their favorite characters come to life before their eyes and also the warm feelings of older audiences one of their favorite childhood stories is very rewarding, creator Rockefeller said.
In a new story from Hundred Acre Wood, this new stage adaptation is told with awe-inspiring life-size puppets, telling exciting new stories featuring characters who have played iconic roles in children’s lives for generations. Accompanying the magical, modern tale is an original score by Nate Edmondson, which features some of the songs written for The Sherman Brothers’ animated feature, including Winnie the Pooh, The Blustery Day, The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers and Whoop -De- Dooper Bounce, and AA Milne’s The More It Snows (with music by Carly Simon) and Sing Ho, a new arrangement.
A leader in family entertainment, Rockefeller Productions values the safety of its customers and staff and will enforce all CDC and industry safety standards.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Millions of readers and viewers since English author AA Milne enjoyed “Winnie the Pooh” first chronicled the adventures of Christopher Robin’s friends in the Hundred Acre Wood in 1926. The books, complete with illustrations by English illustrator EH Shephard, have sold over 50 million copies worldwide. The movie rights to the Pooh stories were acquired by Disney in 1961, with the original intention of producing a feature film, but after production began Walt Disney decided to make short featurettes instead. All three featurettes were later incorporated into the feature film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It was the last film in the Disney canon in which Walt Disney was personally involved. The first featurette, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree was released during his lifetime, while Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day was still in development. Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” has since become one of the most beloved and successful franchises in history.
The Sherman Brothers are the multi-talented, Oscar® and Grammy® Award-winning American songwriting duo of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The Sherman Brothers have written more scores for film than any other team of songwriters in film history. Among these are Disney classics Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and The Aristocats. The Sherman Brothers worked directly with Walt Disney on the first two Winnie the Pooh featurettes: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (which earned a Grammy nomination) and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. The brothers won a Grammy Award for the third featurette: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too. All three featurettes were incorporated into the 1977 musical film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The duo also wrote songs for Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore and The Tigger Movie, with their music also featured in the film Christopher Robin.
Jonathan Rockefeller and Rockefeller Productions have won worldwide acclaim for their adaptations of iconic works such as Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Paddington Bear. Rockefeller’s production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, based on the books of acclaimed author/illustrator Eric Carle, tours over 12 countries. His first New York tour, as well as The New York Times Critic’s Pick Paddington Gets In a Jam, both resulted in Drama Desk and Off-Broadway Alliance nominations. Most recently, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation (produced in association with Disney Theatrical Productions) premiered Off-Broadway in 2021 and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Puppet Design. Sesame Street the Musical was recently announced to debut in New York this fall. Alongside Rockefeller’s theatrical work, ‘Paddington’ was commissioned by Studio Canal to be filmed as a holiday special: Paddington Saves Christmas and the award-winning short, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, narrated by Bernadette Peters, continues to delight audiences. fans of Eric Carle’s work.
Produced in association with Disney Theatrical Productions.
Photo credit: Evan Zimmerman