Disney is no stranger to adapting its portfolio of hits into musical stage plays. From Newsies to The Lion King to Frozen, the list of Broadway hits is a long one. But this latest announcement from Disney Parks surely took everyone by surprise.
This past week, Disney Parks announced plans to debut a real-life production of Rogers: The Musical. The fictitious musical, based on the life of Steve Rogers, the first Captain America, was featured briefly in the Disney+ series Hawkeye. In the show, we saw Clint Barton take his children to the musical for Christmas. Like Barton, many of us agreed that the premise of an Avengers musical is ridiculous, but there's no denying it was both hilarious and catchy. And soon we'll be able to experience Rogers: The Musical in real-life.
While details are still vague, Disney announced that Rogers: The Musical will open on the Hyperion Stage inside California Adventure Park. It will be a short one-act version of the play and will run for a limited-time engagement starting this summer.
The announcement was accompanied by a teaser video featuring a woman dressed in Peggy Carter's iconic red fedora and blue suit approaching the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure Park. Check it out below.
Fans were only treated to a few scenes of Rogers: The Musical during Hawkeye, although a mid-credits scene did feature an entire performance of its catchy group number "Save the City." This musical number is a reimagining of the Avengers Battle of New York in which Earth's Mightiest assemble to "kick some ass." As Barton pointed out during the performance, the musical takes some creative liberties in its retelling of the iconic battle.
The delightfully cheesy song was composed by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the award-winning songwriting team behind Hairspray, Smash, and Mary Poppins Returns. And despite the intentionally tacky production value of the musical in the Hawkeye series, the song was a guilty pleasure for many.
Following the musical number's debut in Hawkeye, Marvel later released it online for all to enjoy. I challenge you to listen below and not have it get stuck in your head all day.
More details regarding the storyline, music, and debut date of Rogers: The Musical at Disney California Adventure Park will be shared soon.