The Sunday Giveaway: Two Tickets To Mulan The Musical

I know what you’re thinking.  “I didn’t know Disney was making a Mulan musical!”

Don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything.  Disney didn’t create a new musical while you were sleeping.

Believe it or not, Disney didn’t invent the story of Mulan.  And while we’re at it, they didn’t invent Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin or The Little Mermaid either (although isn’t it amazing that it feels like they did?).

The giveaway this week is for a musical version of Mulan told not by Disney animators, but by an actual Chinese troupe of female percussionists known as The Red Poppy Ladies.  Yep, that’s right, I said Chinese, All-Female, and Percussionists.  Intrigued?  I thought so.

Well turn that intrigue upside down!  (Wait, that makes no sense.  Let’s try again.)

Let’s turn that intrigue into two free tickets!  (Better.  Still bizarre, but better.)

Here’s how you can win tickets to this ultra limited run (through Jan 13th only) of Mulan:

Disney isn’t a bunch of idiots.  And neither is this Chinese, All-Female Percussion group.  When searching for family entertainment, they look to stories that have all ready captured the imagination of children for many, may years (which means, the parents, who, shockingly, were kids once too, are pre-disposed to enjoy the material since they probably know it as well.)

What children’s story, fairytale, fairynightmare, etc. do you think is ripe for theatricalization?  And why?

Comment below and you’re entered to win!  (Reminder, the winner for this Giveaway and all Sunday Giveaways are posted on the subsequent Saturday.  Don’t miss the announcement – sign up for email updates today.)


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  • Laura says:

    “Anne of Green Gables” – with the return of the young heroine to Broadway (Annie, etc.), this story in the hands of a brilliant lyricist would be a great show. Little Women had great music, but the storyline was oversimplified to the point of losing the poignancy of the original story. Songs shouldn’t be too schmaltzy and should be used to move the story along. Too bad “Home” from Wonderland couldn’t be reprised in this show….

  • Amanda says:

    “Mandy” – A charming children’s novel written by Julie Edwards (Yes, that Julie “Edwards.”)

    I’ve always thought that it would make a wonderful musical. Even now that I’m 25 years to old to play the young protagonist. 😉

  • Tyler says:

    I think that A Sick Day for Amos McGee would be very interesting to see!

  • Tyler says:

    Because each animal finds their own unique way to help make Amos feel better, whether it’s playing chess with him or keeping his feet warm. This is one of the best children’s books for teaching kids the importance of compassion and taking care of one another.

  • Sarah Linn says:

    I love this topic! There are two that come to my mind: one is a children’s story and the other is more a fairy tale/fable.

    1) The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It is such a classic story with a beautiful message that everyone can relate to.

    2) King Midas and the Golden Touch. Although it is part of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, I think it has the potential to stand on its own as a musical. Once again, a strong story and excellent message.

  • Melissa N. says:

    Rumpelstiltskin would make a great stage show. Especially now that the character has resurfaced as part of Once Upon a Time. It’s a great story and there’s room for a lot of cool special fx.

  • This looks awesome!

    I’d say “Vlad the Drac” children’s book series by Ann Jungman about a cheeky vampire called Vlad. How cool would a children’s vampire musical!

  • Randy says:

    Alice in Wonderland.It’s beautifully written, magical and whimsical. Can you imagine what a full production would look like with top notch actors, musicians, director and set designer?

  • Sam says:

    Charlotte’s Web is a charming classic that would translate beautifully to the stage, plus the puppetry could be amazing.

  • Danny Bernstein says:

    Well it’s funny you ask…

    For my Honors Thesis in music I’m actually writing a full-length, two-act musical based on “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” from Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales.’ In its original text, it’s not a children’s story by any means, but actually, I heard a cleaned up, edited, fairy-tale version when I was in 3rd grade, before reading it again in 11th grade British Literature.
    Everyone’s also heard some version of this tale. It’s the story of the knight who can only clear his name and be spared his life if he can find “the one thing all women want in the world,” and eventually meets an old lady who trades him the answer for his hand in marriage.

    What I like about this story is that it’s engaging for both children and adults, when told with the right edits. The story has presents an interesting riddle, an external and an internal journey, and an unconventional yet very satisfying ending that, in my humble opinion, is just begging for some musical theatre songs and new characters to be thrown in.

    But this is just coming from the guy who’s already undertaken the project.





  • Without even considering logistics (isn’t that someone else’s job? Just kidding), I’ll say “The Secret of Nymh.”

    Boy, that’d be something.

  • Kevin says:

    I said this already when you asked what Christmas story should get the stage treatment, but it’s so good that I’ll say it again. The Nightmare Before Christmas has everything you could ever want for a big budget musical- crazy characters, awesome costumes, incredible makeup opportunities, a good foundation of songs already in place, lots of main roles with a good sized ensemble, not to mention it already has a huge fan following!

  • Theo says:

    I would love to see Where The Wild Things Are come to life in a theater setting!

  • “The Funky Turtle” – a great kids’ story with an anti-bullying, animal and human rights theme. That’s all I’m gonna say ’cause I wrote it. It’s got great songs, including “I Am The Funky Turtle”, “When The Moon Comes Up”, and “Reptile Town.” Anyone interested, I’m all ears…oh wait, turtles don’t have ears. Actually, they do, very sensitive ones.

  • Paul Argentini says:

    “Baba Yagga” (Luda Agga)The Yugoslavian children’s story. The old woman who lived in a house perched on a chicken’s foot. What else?

  • PCH says:

    Simple tale: Three Little Pigs. Think Nathan Lane as one of the lead characters.

  • Jacky says:

    A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle!Such a great science fiction fantasy book. It has a lot of elements that would make for a great show.

  • Preston says:

    THE LAND BEFORE TIME…dinosaurs, on stage, being cute; need I say more??

  • Terrence Cranert says:

    I agree with Anne of Green Gables and,in fact, there is a new musical in LA titled “A Bend in the Road” which shows a lot of promise. It played at the little theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse. Ken, you should check it out.

  • Ruth Post says:

    No better Disney (or otherwise) movie ever . . . . Lady and the Tramp!!! Not sure how to put it on stage, but it would be worth it.

  • eva says:

    Roald Dahl seems to do well in the musical kid variety so I vote for my favorite Dahl Book THE TWITS. Ther could be an entire production number”I’ve got the Shrinks.” I couldn’t even read it aloud to my kid. He had to take over I was laughing so hard. It’s a shame they can never get The Little Prince right. and my other
    favorite is Eeyore has a Birthday and recieves 2 presents.

  • Sesame Street! Enough Avenue Q parodies, the real thing should have a shot on the great white way.

  • Diana Lipkus says:

    I would like to see Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie done as a musical and there could also be elements from some of her other series books. It would be fun to see them blow up a pig bladder and toss it around like a balloon! The characters would be nostalgic the costumes would be storybook and it could be done to play up the fantasy of how good life was in the days of the old American family farm.

  • Sarah Safford says:

    I think either the Jungle Book or the Just So Stories would be perfect for a musical – colorful, funny, high drama, and so many I am or I want songs!

  • Cam Petsche says:

    Well I think the “Frog Prince” would make a great musical. Why?… because I wrote an updated version of this Grimmms fairytale. It’s full of adventure, intrigue, and perfect for all ages who love a story about how the power of true love can conquer evil.

  • Margie says:

    This would be called “Hortense – Snow White’s Stepmother.” It would be the prequel to Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs and would explain why the stepmother, once the most beautiful and kind woman in the world, turned evil. What happened to her? Too much Botox and other surgical procedures to try and become perfect – kind of like Michael Jackson). Why now? Just look around you. It would be funny with a great moral message.

  • You asked for a fairy tale, right? Not a classic children’s story?
    If a fairy tale, my suggestion is “The Gingerbread Man.” Everyone knows the tale and there is comfort with an audience when a story is familiar. There are so many characters the gingerbread man meets after escaping from being baked in the over, and running as fast as he can… the casting here can be great fun, and every encounter ripe with melodic and lyrical possibilities. You could even add a gingerbread “Vamp” along the way to really stop the run! Ripe with possibilities for the book.
    I can visualize the costumes and sets as I write this, so visual and colorful is this tale!

  • Allison says:

    I would love to see a Brothers Grimm story such as Hansel and Gretel on stage! The original version though, not a watered down Disney version.

  • Carey says:

    I would love to see (or create) a dramatized Alice in Wonderland.

  • Ken says:

    Having spent a year and a half in Asia, what a wonderful idea having an all-female, Chinese performers sharing an interesting tale.

  • gaby g says:

    Flat Stanley. Every child I know is intrigued by other lands and the thought of visiting them some day, just like they do via pen pals and Flat Stanley!

  • Michael M says:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    The theatrical technology now exists, and the story’s concept wows adults and children alike.

  • Donna Vuong says:

    I would like to know where this performance will be held? This is one of my favorite movies of all time!!!

  • Jules says:

    As a Chinese, All-Female Percussionist myself, I feel obliged to chime in. I would love to see an attempt at the Redwall series, the fantasy books of woodland creatures on epic quests. Each story revolves around at least one riddle in verse; the built-in material reminds me of the Oompa Loompa songs in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the songification of which by Danny Elfman were the best thing about the Burton movie. Redwall would pose a lot of challenges, not least that the animals spend a lot of time on long journeys or pitched battles (…and are animals), but this could drive innovative staging.

    My other pick has also had a number of stage adaptations, but I suspect none have captured the sheer whimsy and delirium of The Phantom Tollbooth.

  • snow white – classic fairy tale of good and evil, they just put together Cinderella so why not snow white

  • Robert Zimmers says:

    How about “The Three Little Pigs”? Can you imagine the staging….kids would love it!!!!

  • ECP says:

    “The Bremen Town Musicians.” I can imagine the leads–playing a donkey, cat, dog, and rooster–having as much fun as the audience. Really a (folk)tale for all ages, ripe for full-scale musical production. Would seem to have built-in appeal for those who enjoy the stage stylings of a John Doyle or John Tiffany or Alex Timbers. Good story, good message, good entertainment potential.

  • Beth Doucette says:

    I would like to see a stage version of ‘The House with the Golden Windows’ a story my mother told me as a child. It would be a fitting tribute to her, now that she is gone from this life…

  • Emily Herschbein says:

    Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Musical! I read these in the fourth grade, and I still think they’re amazing. The characters are so big already…They’re asking to be brought to the stage.

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    How about a musical of the Purim story- specifically, the story of Queen Esther who saved her people from Haman, the tyrant, and won the heart of King Ahashvarus. She had beauty, courage, and loyalty. It’s quite an incredible story and would make a great musical. Does anyone know if this has ever been told in a musical or an opera?

    • Diana says:

      Every Purim in every Reform and Conservative synagogue in the USA—–watch some gems on Youtube.Oh, you mean professional acting & singing–oh well??!!

  • Karen Campbell says:

    “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen … richness, darkness, twists, loss of innocence, pure good struggling to triumph over evil – it has it all.

    • Karen Campbell says:

      ….oh, and I forgot to say that its a love story…a beautiful love story…and everyone loves a good love story, don’t they?

  • Ed Ertle says:

    “Curious George”. It’s fascinated kids (and adults) for generations, and it would provide jobs for a much under-utilized-but-hard-working segment of the theater community–the trained chimp.

  • Mark Briner says:

    Aladdin has a very exotic air with musical and visual potential. And Disney should look at producing their most underrated product, Hercules. It was practically created for the stage.

  • I wanted to post this after the ‘batting practice’ piece, but I couldn’t get that link didn’t work.

    Ken, there is a singer/songwriter from the Boston area who has one of the funniest monologues about being a Red Sox fan I have ever heard (including how he became obsessed at age 10 and the dire consequences that followed).

    This guy’s name is Don White. I’m doing two concerts with him over this weekend. He is pure genius (has written a book that flies off the merch table). I’ve made way more albums than he has, but I always go first because he’s impossible to follow.

    As a Red Sox fan you will love this monologue, “How The Red Sox Won The World Series,” and as a theater man you’ll discover a diamond in the rough. Pun intended.

    HOW THE RED SOX WON THE WORLD SERIES How the Red Sox Won The 2004 World Series, Part 1 How the Red Sox Won The 2004 World Series, Part 2 How the Red Sox Won the 2004 World Series, Part 3

    Christine Lavin

  • Tim R. says:

    Since I was a kid, I’ve wanted Disney to tackle ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ I think they could really bring some Disney magic to the classic tale, then of course, they can bring it to Broadway stage. I think the design alone would be worth the price of admission!

  • virginia vanderbilt says:

    Anne of Green Gables has been in the works, but has yet made it to the great white way. Rumors have it that Bugsy Malone is now in the works. I think it would be interesting and different.

  • Paula says:

    I see someone suggested Charlotte’s Web. I had that
    thought, but my reason is to bring something positive
    into our lives. Puppetry could be the how, but the
    why is the beautiful story of friendship, loyalty, and
    truth. Friends come in all shapes, sizes, and species.
    Recent studies have shown how opposites in the animal world come together and bond in a special friendship– a cat and a dolphin, a dog and a tiger, an owl and a
    cat, etc.

  • Larry Segall says:

    Yes, send me my free Broadway tickets Good story for Broadway is Rapunzel

  • Cheryl Dzubak says:

    There are so many, but Alice in Wonderland would be my favorite. It’s too cool and really stirs the imagination. Who wouldn’t like to see a caterpillar that gets high, or a rabbit who is hyper about being late, or Alice growing taller and shorter because of a drink, or a mad Queen shouting, “Off with her head!” Others would be Rumpelstilskin because I don’t think it as been done before or the Princess and the Pea.

  • Ronni Chow says:

    The Jungle Book. or the musical version of Thumbelina.

  • Susan says:

    Roald Dahl’s The BFG would make a wonderful musical for both children and adults.

  • tan Jarrett says:

    It will be hansel and greta! Simple yet meaningful to both parents and kids.

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