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After releasing the filmed model of Hamilton, Disney+ has apparently determined to only go full Broadway now. Disney motion pictures are a famous gateway drug on the damaging street to changing into a theater particular person, so all of it sorta is smart. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s streaming service is creating a live-action movie adaptation of the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical As soon as on This Island, which first premiered Off Broadway in 1990, and just lately had a Greatest Revival–profitable run on Broadway. Primarily based on Rosa Man’s novel My Love, My Love: or The Peasant Woman, the present follows a younger dark-skinned girl, Ti Moune, within the French Antilles who falls in love with a lighter-skinned aristocrat, and falls prey to the whims of varied gods as she pursues him. It’s the uncommon musical to take care of colorism, however it has additionally been criticized for its colonialist perspective and fairy-tale plot (in a manner, possibly that makes it becoming for Disney). Disney+ and producer Marc Platt (of Depraved and La La Land) have notably employed two black girls to supervise this new adaptation: playwright Jocelyn Bioh (of College Women) is writing the script, whereas Wanuri Kahiu (director of Kenyan lesbian coming-of-age film Rafiki) is directing. They haven’t introduced any plans for the casting, however c’mon, you’ve gotta name Alex Newell, proper?
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