A musical based on DreamWorks’ 1998 animated film, The Prince of Egypt, is coming to West End, as announced on Thursday (May 2).
The show will feature music and lyrics by legendary composer Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the songs for the original film and is also the music mastermind behind hit musicals Wicked, Godspell and Pippin. The Prince of Egypt will feature 10 new songs by Schwartz, in addition to the five heard in the film, including Oscar-winning “When You Believe” originally sung by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
The Prince of Egypt is adapted from the Book of Exodus, centering on Egyptian prince Moses who embarks on a quest to free his people after discovering secrets from his past.
The show will be produced by DreamWorks Theatricals, Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw, and will be directed by Schwartz’s son, Scott Schwartz. The musical is set to open early next year at London’s Dominion Theatre for 32 weeks, with previews beginning Feb. 5. The show will officially premiere Feb. 25.