Magazine article Variety

Flashing Their Stage Moves

Magazine article Variety

Flashing Their Stage Moves

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Disney Theatrical Prods.

CHIEF: Thomas Schumacher

STRATEGY: Double-down early on a New York-based theatrical division

UPCOMING PROJECTS:

* Father of the Bride

* Freaky Friday

* Frozen (1)

* The Princess Bride

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures

CHIEF: Mark Kaufman

STRATEGY: Reboot dedicated stage division

UPCOMING PROJECTS:

* Misery (fall 2015, Broadway)

* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2016-17 season, Broadway) (2)

* Secondhand Lions

* Dave

* Beetlejuice

* 17 Again

Universal Stage Prods.

CHIEF: Robert Greenbiatt and Jimmy Horowitz

STRATEGY: Partner with experienced stage producers on a showby-show basis

UPCOMING PROJECTS:

* October Sky (Aug. 19-0ct. 11, Lincolnshire, III.)

* Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn (national tour in 2016-17)

* Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (with John Lyons)

* The Sting (with Matt Gross/ the Araca Group)

* Animal House (with Jeffrey Richards)

* Back to the Future (with Colin Ingram) (3)

Fox

CHIEF: Bob Cohen

STRATEGY: Partner with Broadway veteran Kevin McCollum, former Hollywood exec Tom McGrath and film producer John Davis, and split the cost of the development slate between the studio and the trio

UPCOMING PROJECTS:

* Diary of a Wimpy Kid (April 12June 5,2016, Minneapolis)

* Mrs. …

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