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Lippa Joins Man in the Ceiling for Disney???

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Disney Theatrical Productions is developing a new stage show based on Jules Feiffer’s best-selling 1993 children’s book The Man in the Ceiling. It tells the tale of Jimmy Jibbet, a boy-cartoonist who dreams of becoming a successful artist despite the expectations of everyone around him. The musical will have music and lyrics by The Wild Party’s Andrew Lippa and a book by Feiffer, himself a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. Lippa brought the project to Disney to help in development. He said: “From the moment I first read this book, I knew it could be a spectacular stage musical. It has superheroes, show-folk, delightful characters and, at the centre, a boy who wants to be a cartoonist in a world that screams ‘being an artist is an impossible dream!’ Jules’ point of view is unique and the book is dazzling and moving – often at the same time. I can’t wait to give musical voice to this story.” Feiffer added: “Writing the book for a musical has been an ambition of mine for years, and working with Andrew and the Disney organisation on this very personal story of childhood, creativity, family and failure is a dream come true.” Since its inaugural musical, 1994’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney has had successes with stage adaptations of its animated screen hits including The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and, this year on Broadway, Tarzan as well as new musicals of Aida and Mary Poppins. Also currently in development is an adaptation of Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid (See The Goss, 23 May 2006).

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