The Prince of Egypt is one of those movies that’s become so well-loved because we grew up having to watch it in class or hearing its music everywhere. Even if you haven’t seen the actual film, you’ve probably heard the popularised version of its Oscar-winning number “When You Believe” by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. The animated musical based on the bible story of Moses withstood the test of time much better than was probably expected.
And now, it’s being adapted into a live musical by DreamWorks Theatrical for the London stage! It will begin in its run in February 2020 and continue for a 32-week engagement.
Stephen Schwartz, songwriter for both the movie and the wildly successful musical Wicked, will return to helm the music and lyrics for this musical adaption. This, along with a book by Philip LaZebnik (Mulan and Pocahontas), guarantees that the stage musical will take us on a journey comparable to or even better than the movie.
Five of the acclaimed songs from the film, including Deliver Us, All I Ever Wanted, Through Heaven’s Eyes and When You Believe will feature in the musical. Ten new songs have also been created for the stage.
The musical is to be directed by Scott Schwartz (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) with choreography by Sean Cheesman (So You Think You Can Dance). The rest of the creative team and cast have yet to be announced.
What other movie-musicals do you think should be adapted for the stage?