This Beloved Pixar Animated Film Is Coming to the Stage

Disney already produces some of the best Broadway shows, but fans of these live theatrical performances will be thrilled with the latest news of which film will be coming to the stage. The upcoming stage adaptation will join the likes of hit Broadway shows from Disney like The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Newsies, Frozen, and of course, The Lion King.

Speaking of stage productions, Guests visiting the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts have the opportunity to take in live performances from some of the biggest names in Disney’s Broadway shows. And during this year’s Disney on BROADWAY Concert Series, fans were treated to an exciting update on which film could be coming to the stage next.


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According to Playbill, Disney and Pixar’s Coco (2017) will be coming to the stage! The news broke during the Disney on BROADWAY concert on January 24, 2023, when artists Mandy Gonzalez and L. Steven Taylor shared an update on the future of the animated film.

During the performance, L. Steven Taylor said:

…This tale of family, fun, and adventure inspires a young musician named Miguel to go on a extraordinary adventure to the magical land of his ancestors. With a score by Michael Giacchino, and additional songs from the composer-lyricist team from Frozen [Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez], Coco is now in development at Disney on Broadway to become a live stage show!¬†

Miguel from Coco in the Magic Kingdom

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No further details have been confirmed for Coco’s stage debut, so we are still waiting to learn what style the show will take, and where, and when it will debut.

One interesting note about Coco is that while the film includes¬†some of the most iconic Disney songs to date, the story is not a musical. As such, creators of the stage production will be tasked with creating totally original songs, similar to how Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond was created for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Coco behind big Thunder Mountain

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While we wait to learn more about the stage debut of Coco, we have to wonder if this means we could see more of the Disney and Pixar animated film in the theme parks. In the past, Coco was featured in performances in EPCOT’s Mexico pavilion, and Miguel is in one of the character cavalcades at the Magic Kingdom.

During last year’s D23 Expo, fans were shown concept art for “blue sky” ideas that may include a land inspired by Coco (and Disney villains!) in the space that lies beyond Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Of course, these ideas are still in very early stages and nothing has been confirmed so far, but the prospect of a Coco stage show certainly makes us wonder!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."