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'Once On This Island,' the Movie, Is Coming — Cast Alex Newell

Alex Newell in Once On This Island

Mama truly will provide!!

On the heels of its Hamilton release, it looks like Disney has another Broadway musical they hope to bring to screens. Please give Once on This Island, a round of applause ladies and gentlemen.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Disney is developing an adaptation based on the musical which is set in the Caribbean's French Antilles. With a storyline that follows Ti Moune, who is a peasant girl that falls in love with an aristocrat, the musical is widely lauded — think The Little Mermaid but with more island flair.  After debuting in 1990 on Broadway, the musical was revived in 2017. That revival famously featured Alex Newell who starred as Asaka. Newell, and the cast, took their performance to the Tonys where they picked up Best Revival of a Musical in 2018 and gave one of the most memorable medleys in recent history. And it's for that reason that we need to see Newell in this role again!

So far, Entertainment Weekly reports that the project has a writer in Jocelyn Bioh and a producer in Marc Platt. Wanuri Kahiu, the director behind the history-making Rafiki is set to come on board as well. The publication also reports that this will be a live-action adaptation. That sounds completely fine with us as long as the cast is still going to give us the vocals! You can listen to the revival soundtrack on most streaming platforms now.

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Tags: Film, Disney, broadway

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