Disney’s Geppetto & Son
An amazing cast was assembled, the set was built, and the costumes were ready. The cast had spent 10 hard weeks rehearsing the southwest premier of Disney's Geppetto & Son. Everything was ready for the opening. Our first student matinee went off without a hitch. However, Hurricane Ike, was barreling down on the Texas-Galveston area. The show could not go on and the remainder of the run was canceled.
Combining the much-loved characters of the classic Disney cartoon Pinocchio (along with its familiar song hits “When You Wish Upon A Star” and “Got No Strings”) with the popular Drew Carey television film Geppetto, this new take pulled a few fresh strings for the most famous puppet in the world. With careful guidance by the film’s composer, Stephen Schwartz, Disney’s Geppetto & Son paired the modern sensibility of Schwartz’s Wicked with the traditional storybook tale for a fun and fresh result.
The adventurous and heartwarming musical features unforgettable music and lyrics by Academy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning Schwartz, best known for his songs for the stage including Wicked, Godspell, and Pippin as well as his lyrics in the popular Disney films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Prince of Egypt. Joining Schwartz on the creative team is David I. Stern, whose Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Nick & Nora and Big. In addition to his numerous Broadway credits, Stern wrote the television movie Geppetto for The Wonderful World of Disney and worked on numerous feature films, including The Muppets Return, Wish, and Gettysburgville.