Encanto to be on Broadway? (Possibility)
Ever since Disney’s Encanto was released on November 24th, 2021 it has been everywhere! It’s dominated TikTok with videos to “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, a woman named Maribel Martinez with an uncanny resemblance to Luisa, and so much more. It has been nearly impossible to escape in the public sphere.
Oscar nominations were released on February 8th, 2022 as well. And, unsurprisingly, Encanto is nominated for best animated feature and best original score. Additionally, the song “Dos Oruguitas” is nominated for best original song.
As of today, the movie has five songs on Billboard's The Hot 100: “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” (No. 1), “The Family Madrigal” (No. 24), “What Else Can I Do?” (No. 42), “Waiting on a Miracle” (No. 57), and “All of You” (No. 74). With “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” sitting at the top of the charts, trending TikTok audios, Oscar nominations, and more, I was starting to think about the possibility of a Broadway adaptation. With one quick Google search it was easy to discover that there’s already a lot of buzz surrounding the idea.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer of eight original Encanto songs including “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, spoke on the idea in an interview with E! News “I think it weirdly lends itself well. They don’t always. I can’t picture a Moana Broadway musical. I don’t know how you’d do the ocean.”
He also said he’s already got ideas in mind for a Broadway adaptation’s finale. The last song in the movie “All of You” was originally seven minutes long, but as the movie was being created the producers told Lin-Manuel Miranda that the song had to be cut down because of time restraints. If there is to be a Broadway adaptation he hopes to expand on that last song in the finale, which, I’m sure, will be tear-jerking and very emotional.
In the same interview with E! News Miranda also stated that he’s not opposed to a TV series or additional movies in the franchise. He said: “There are so many stories in that house that it would be wonderful to expand on it, whether it’s a stage version, whether it’s a series, whether it's another movie. There’s lots of stories in there.” And I don’t know about you, but I’d really like to see what’s behind a few more of those doors.