Finding Nemo – The Musical

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Finding Nemo – The Musical
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The "Theater In The Wild", home to Finding Nemo – The Musical
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Area DinoLand U.S.A.
Coordinates 28°21′26″N 81°35′14″W / 28.3571592°N 81.587295°W / 28.3571592; -81.587295
Status Operating
Soft opening date November 5, 2006[1]
Opening date January 24, 2007[1]
Replaced Tarzan Rocks![2]
General statistics
Attraction type Musical
Theme Finding Nemo
Audience capacity 1,500[1] per show
Duration 40 minutes[3]
Director Peter Brosius[1]
Production Designer Michael Curry[1]
Composers Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez[1]
Fastpass+ available
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available
Closed captioning available

Finding Nemo – The Musical is a musical show based on Disney/Pixar's 2003 film Finding Nemo, located at the Theater in the Wild in DinoLand U.S.A at Disney's Animal Kingdom.


The stage musical Tarzan Rocks! occupied the Theater in the Wild at DinoLand USA in Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida from 1999 to 2006. When the musical closed in January 2006, it was rumored that a musical adaptation of Finding Nemo would replace it.[4] This was confirmed in April 2006, when Disney announced that the musical adaptation of Finding Nemo, with new songs written by Tony Award-winning Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, would "combine puppets, dancers, acrobats and animated backdrops" and open in late 2006.[5] Years later, Anderson-Lopez explained that she had written a compact 15-minute a cappella version of the story of Oedipus; someone at Disney read it and recognized her talent for condensing material, and offered her the opportunity to make a pitch for the Finding Nemo project.[6]

Tony Award-winning director Peter Brosius signed on to direct the show, with Michael Curry, who designed puppets for Disney's successful stage version of The Lion King, serving as leading puppet and production designer.[7]

Anderson-Lopez said that the couple agreed to write the adaptation of "one of their favorite movies of all time" after considering "the idea of people coming in [to see the musical] at 4, 5 or 6 and saying, 'I want to do that'....So we want to take it as seriously as we would a Broadway show".[8] To condense the feature-length film to 30 minutes, she and Lopez focused on a single theme from the movie, the idea that "the world's dangerous and beautiful".[8]

The 40-minute show (which is performed six times daily) opened on January 2, 2007.[7] Several musical numbers took direct inspiration from lines in the film, including "Prologue", "In The Big Blue World", "The Drop Off", "Dory's Ditty", "Sharks", "Fish Are Friends, Not Food", "Where's My Dad", "The Tank Gang", "We Swim Together", "Dory and Marlin", "Just Keep Swimming", "Not My Dad", "Go With the Flow", "Gossip", "That's My Dad (Reprise)", "Darla!", "Sewage Treatment Plant", "We Swim Together (Reprise)" and "Finale - The Big Blue World (Reprise)".[7] In January 2007, a New York studio recording of the show was released on iTunes, with Lopez and Anderson-Lopez providing the voices for Marlin and Dory, respectively.[7] Avenue Q star Stephanie D'Abruzzo also appeared on the recording, as Sheldon/Deb.[7] Finding Nemo was the first non-musical animated film to which Disney added songs to produce a stage musical.[7] In 2009, Finding Nemo – The Musical was honored with a Thea Award for Best Live Show from the Themed Entertainment Association.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Finding Nemo - the Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom". Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Rasmussen, Nate. "Vintage Walt Disney World Resort: Building a Theater in the Wild". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Finding Nemo - The Musical". Walt Disney World. Disney Parks. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Finding Nemo - The Musical Overview". Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Avenue Q Composer Lopez Co-Pens Musical Finding Nemo for Disney," (April 10, 2006).
  6. ^ Gross, Terry (April 10, 2014). "Transcript of "Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology"". Fresh Air. NPR. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Brown, Sophie (June 19, 2012). "Pixar Week: Finding Nemo: The Musical is a Hidden Gem | GeekMom". Wired. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Maupin, Elizabeth (November 26, 2006). "Swimming with big fish". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on March 11, 2008. Retrieved March 22, 2007. 
  9. ^ "14th Annual Thea Awards Honor Outstanding Achievement | Theatre content from Live Design Magazine". January 31, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 

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