After almost a month of fan speculation, Disney Parks has confirmed that a short one-act version of Rogers: The Musical will debut at the Hyperion Theater beginning this summer.
Since the Disneyland Resort opened its second gate, Disney California Adventure Park, in 2001, the Hyperion has hosted now famous productions for up to 1,984 Guests each performance, such as Steps in Time, Blast!, Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, followed by Frozen! Live at the Hyperion. Unfortunately, the venue inspired by the real Los Angeles Theatre closed its doors in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and did not reopen with the rest of the Park… until now!
Who’s strong and brave here to save the American waaaaaaay? Why, it’s none other than the first Captain America, whose timeless story of a timeless hero will be represented live on the Hyperion stage for a limited time, according to a new announcement on the Disney Parks Twitter account, which features what looks like Hayley Atwell’s Peggy from ABC’s Agent Carter holding a playbill outside the Hyperion:
A timeless story of a timeless hero! ?? ? A short one-act musical is coming for a limited time this summer to Disney California Adventure Park! Stay tuned for more details? pic.twitter.com/N8Ugh54LsU
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) February 23, 2023
In fact, Disney posted a since-removed casting call to its job site at the beginning of February, sparking excitement and speculation amongst fans, many of whom assumed a Hercules musical was coming to Disneyland. Previously, Disney Dining covered this DisneyCareers audition listing which we correctly assumed implied a stage show based around the story of Steve Rogers’ Captain America was coming to the Southern California Hyperion Theater.
As explained in the casting call, Disney Live Entertainment will partner with Tony Award-nominated writer Hunter Bell to bring the musical production first introduced in Disney+’s Hawkeye (2021) to life alongside Emmy-nominated and Grammy-winning composer Christopher Lennertz. Based on the actors Disney described, the autobiographical one-act performance will focus more on the storylines of Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) than the original television bit.
For example, casting calls for the principal five roles were matched to the characters of Steve Rogers, both pre-serum and post-serum during World War Two, the English SSR agent Peggy Carter, Steve’s best friend turned the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, and even potentially the swaggering womanizer genius, Howard Stark.
Of course, as the Disney Park’s only US-based Avengers Campus themed-area is adjacent to the theater, it’s the perfect spot to premiere a more accessible version of the new show first shown to a live audience as a D23 Expo exclusive. Are you excited to see Rogers: The Musical when it premieres this summer?