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Toy Story Musical nears debut date

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Mar 9, 2008 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
Disney Cruise Line's production of "Toy Story - The Musical" is preparing for its premiere on April 10.

The show features seven new songs that will be featured along with Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me." The new songs were written by GrooveLily's Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda.

The cast of 21 performers is directed by Stefan Novinski. The costume designer is Ann Closs-Farley and the set was designed by Sibyl Wickersheimer.

According to a press release, "Toy Story - The Musical" "opens with an introduction to Woody, a pull-string talking cowboy who has long been six-year-old Andy's favorite toy. But Andy's birthday brings a new arrival - Buzz Lightyear, the coolest action figure in the universe. Woody's jealousy gets the better of him and he schemes to get rid of his new rival, but things go dreadfully awry. Woody and Buzz find themselves outside of Andy's room and in a hostile world. Working together and overcoming their differences, they find their way back to Andy - along the way developing an appreciation of one another and creating a friendship."

"Toy Story - The Musical" will feature larger than life props and a rear projection screen which will be used to re-enact the scenes in Andy's room, Pizza Planet and Sid's house.

Anne Hamburger, executive vice president of Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, commented, "When we first thought of bringing 'Toy Story' to the stage, there was a great deal of excitement about the project. Everyone on our team could immediately see how the heart and comedy of these characters could come alive in a memorable way that is unique to musical theatre."

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