Why Has Dumbo Or Winnie The Pooh Never Hit Broadway?


"Disney is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Broadway this month with three hits that mint money: “Aladdin,” “Frozen” and “The Lion King.” That last, with a worldwide gross of $9 billion, is the most successful live entertainment property in the history of show business.

But what about the shows that got away — the ones Disney wanted to bring to Broadway that didn’t quite make it?

I put that question to Thomas Schumacher, who’s run Disney Theatrical Productions for 15 years, as we sat sipping sparkling water in his all-glass office atop Disney’s headquarters in the New Amsterdam Theatre.

No. 1 on his list was “Winnie the Pooh,” which was going to be written by . . . Edward Albee."

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