Dumbo: Might Disney's elephant fly on Broadway?


Michael Riedel of the New York Post reports that Walt Disney Theatrical productions may present a Broadway musical based on the animated classic Dumbo.' According to Riedel, Disney have already approached Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) about helming the show, but Daldry has turned the offer down the search is on for another Broaway producer.

There has been no official announcement.

Dumbo is Walt Disney Studio's fourth film in their animated classic series. The film was released in 1941 and was a financial success for the Disney Studio's, grossing $1.6 million during its original release.

The 64 minute movie tells the story of a circus elephant who is ridiculed for his big ears and whose only friend is a mouse named Timothy. Dumbo hates being a circus elephant, until he accidentally discovers he can use his large ears to fly. As a result of this new found talent Dumbo finally gains the respect of his peers as he is now the top bill in the circus act.

The movie won the 1941 Academy Award for Original Music Score and the song and the Academy Award for Best Song for "Baby Mine." The score, by Oliver Wallace and Frank Churchill, also contains the songs "Pink Elephants on Parade" and the popular "When I See an Elephant Fly."