In 1998, Dreamworks hit the animation scene with its two debut animated films: Antz and The Prince of Egypt. Just a few days ago, it was announced that The Prince of Egypt would be making another theatrical stride: this time in the realm of mainstream musical theater.
The show will be produced by Dreamworks Theatricals and will involve writers from the original film, such as Philip LeZebnik, to bring the story of Moses to the stage. Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz has also reportedly expanded on the five songs (one of which won an Oscar) from the original soundtrack, adding ten songs altogether. Stephen’s son, Scott Schwartz, will direct.
At this time, additional casting has yet to be announced. It will be interesting to see who gets the nod for the stage adaptation, as the movie had a particularly star-studded cast: Val Kilmer, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Patrick Stewart are just a few who lent their voices to the hit film.
The musical will be opening February 25 at London’s Dominion Theatre, with previews beginning on February 5. It has set a 32-week engagement, but no plans have been made at this time to move the show to Broadway or elsewhere afterward.