Variety: Rob Ashford will direct and choreograph stage version of Tim Burton's "Alice"

Thursday, 15 March 2012 06:30 PM Written by 

Variety's Gordon Cox reports that Rob Ashford has been tapped by Disney Theatrical to direct and choreograph the stage musical version of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland."

Ashford, a proud Point Park alum, joins alumni of the movie already attached to the project including Burton, whose aesthetic will be incorporated into the design of the show, Cox writes. Also on board are Linda Woolverton, penning the book based on her screenplay, and Richard D. Zanuck, one of the producers of the film and an exec producer of the legit tuner.

"Alice" is one of a handful of properties being developed by Disney Theatrical for Broadway or the West End, alongside "Dumbo" and "Father of the Bride."

A rep for Disney Theatrical had no comment on Ashford's attachment to the project. Ashford's revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," now starring Nick Jonas, is playing on the Rialto while the Ricky Martin-toplined "Evita," which Ashford choreographed, began Broadway previews this week. Ashford also has a string of directing credits in London, where his Donmar Warhouse production of "Anna Christie," starring Jude Law, just snagged four Olivier noms.

The Variety story said the stage version of "Alice" will follow the plot of the 2010 movie rather than the novels that inspired the storyline of Disney's 1951 animated feature. The 3D "Alice," starring Johnny Depp, earned more than $1 billion worldwide and scoring Oscars for art direction and costume design.

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