The classic 90's animation is set to come to life at one of London's most celebrated theatres.
What musical aficionado hasn't dramatically belted out ‘Deliver Us’, or turned up to the ecstatic beats of the campfire banger ‘Through Heaven’s Eyes’? Well the all-time favourite 1998 animated film, The Prince of Egypt, is being adapted for a 32-week theatrical run in London's West End (the UK's version of Broadway).
The new musical is set to premiere at the Dominion Theatre (most famous for hosting the 14 year-run of We Will Rock You between 2002 and 2014) in February and, rest assured, the iconic Oscar-winning ballad ‘When You Believe’ by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, will be included. The musical will feature five songs from the original film’s soundtrack, as well as ten new ones.
Casting for the musical has not yet been announced. Philip LaZebnik, American screenwriter and producer, who wrote the screenplay for the animated feature, is tasked with creating the musical’s book, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Prince of Egypt - which starred the likes of Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Patrick Stewart, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Goldblum - is an adaptation of The Book of Exodus, telling the tale of an Egyptian prince that learns of his identity as a Hebrew, and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.
Previews begin on February 5th before the show’s official debut on February 25th. The show is set to only run in London, with no word yet on whether it’ll make it to Broadway.
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