For the first time, Marvel fans can watch heroic supersoldier Steve Rogers sing and dance on stage. As part of Walt Disney’s (DIS.N) 100th anniversary celebration, Disneyland Resort opened the one-act musical theater production. Rogers The Musical? on Friday at the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure Park. It will run until August 31.
The theatrical retelling of the life of America’s first superhero, Captain America, takes guests through his humble beginnings in World War II to his rebirth as the brave hero that leads the Avengers. Along the way, visitors will see a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Peggy Carter and Nick Fury.
It isn’t hard to see why the show is a hit among Disneyland fans. It’s an exhilarating and heartwarming experience for die-hard Avengers fans and theater enthusiasts. The team behind the show, led by creator and director Jordan Peterson, avoids the trap of oddly placed fanservice that could distract from the storytelling and instead incorporates it thoughtfully into the narrative. The care that goes into the set design, choreography, and projections is evident throughout the production.
In addition to the story, the musical features a mix of musical styles to please all audiences. The music was composed by the acclaimed duo of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who’ve scored such hits as Hairspray, Smash, and Mary Poppins Returns. It also features five original songs written specifically for the production.
While the production may not be long enough to showcase all the characters in Captain America’s universe, it covers the major plot points. This makes it an excellent experience for Avengers movie fans who already know the beats of each film, as well as non-fans who will be able to catch the significant themes of heroism and romance.
The most exciting element of the show is seeing all the familiar characters come to life in the Hyperion Theater. The audience will be able to see the likes of Steve Rogers, Captain America’s sidekick Bucky Barnes, fan-favorite Agent Peggy Carter, and more in their reimagined costumes. The new look is also reflected in the characters’ voice acting, handled by the talented and beloved cast of Broadway actors.
If you can check out the show, I highly recommend it. It’s an epic and uplifting tale of a true hero. It’s the only live theater experience in the entire Disneyland Resort during this centennial year. And that’s a good thing because the theater eats up crowds and helps to reduce congestion at other attractions when it is in use. That’s the equivalent of running another Haunted Mansion each hour it operates during the show’s run. So if you want to avoid the crowds, plan your visit around Rogers The Musical this summer!