Tangled: The Musical (2023)

Stage Production Notes
​Based on the 2010 Disney animation, Tangled: The Musical is a re-telling of the classic fairytale, Rapunzel. Described as an “adventure musical” that takes Rapunzel and her “rescuer” Flynn Rider from a lonely tower in the woods, to the raucous Snuggly Duckling Pub, and to the distant Kingdom, where Rapunzel and Flynn finally find home.

Written by Dan Fogelman, directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, and with a score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, the filmTangled was released in 2010. It was Disney’s 50th animated movie, and was billed as a departure from previous Disney films, both in terms of story-telling and use of new 3D and computer generated digital animation. The film featured the voice talents of a range of Hollywood and Broadway stars including Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Zachary Levi (Flynn Rider), and Donna Murphy (Mother Gothel).

Whilst in development, the film was subject to controversy. The title “Tangled” was used instead of “Rapunzel,” as Disney research reportedly found that “boys didn’t want to see a princess movie,” and the marketing team also downplayed the fact that it was a musical.

Tangled was released in both regular and 3D cinemas, and was a smash hit at the box office. On its opening weekend, the film was second only to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 a in the United States.

Alan Menken and Glenn Slater received multiple award nominations for their song, “I See the Light.” Their wins included the Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or For Television.

In April 2015, it was announced that Disney were preparing to adapt Tangled into a musical for Disney Magic, one of four Disney Cruise Ships.

Launched in 1998, Disney Magic was the first of Disney’s cruise ships. It is an 11-deck luxury cruise ship, with a capacity for 2713 passengers and nearly 1000 crew. The ship’s features include the AquaDuck waterslide, multiple pools, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, an interactive game center for tweens called Edge, a cinema, and the Walt Disney Theatre, 977 seat venue for live productions. The exterior of the ship has a giant Goofy hanging from the stern, Mickey Mouse silhouettes on the funnels, and a horn that plays “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio. The ship was ranked by US News as number one for Best Disney Cruise Lines and Best Cruises for Families.

Produced by Kelly J Benton for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, and directed by Gordon Greenberg (co-writer and director of Holiday Inn), Tangled: The Musical was created and billed as a “Broadway-style” production. A condensed version of the film, the musical had a run time of 1 hour.

In addition to songs from the movie, “When Will My Life Begin,” “Mother Knows Best,” “I Have a Dream” and “I See the Light,” the adaptation included three new songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, “Flower of Gold,” “Wanted Man,” and “When She Returns.”

Tangled was first performed aboardDisney Magic’s 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise in the Walt Disney Theatre on November 10, 2015.

Tangled officially opened on November 11, 2015, aboard Disney Magic’s 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami, and was performed twice on one day during sailing. On the day of the performance, areas outside of the theatre were given a Tangled theme, such as the O’Gills Pub transforming into the Snuggly Duckling, complete with costumed bartenders and Tangled themed desserts.

Inside the Magic reviewer Adam McCabe noted that the musical “immerses audiences in that world and equally spellbinds them.” McCabe particularly praised the lantern scene, exclaiming “It was not only a completely transcendent moment for just about everybody around me (I was a sobbing mess), but I actually enjoyed the sequence better on stage thenI did in the film. Because in that moment, I was there. It was real.”

The musical was presented in rotation with other live shows including Disney Dreams: An Enchanted Classic, and Twice Charmed: A Twist on the Cinderella Story. On select sailings extra shows included All Aboard!!! Let the Magic Begin, Remember the Magic: A final Farewell, and Walt Disney — The Dream Goes On.

The musical is not the only adaptation of the film. Tangled Ever After, a short featuring Rapunzel and Flynn’s wedding, was released in 2012. Tangled: Before Ever After, a made-for-tv movie, and Tangled: The Series (which later became known as Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure), were released on the Disney Channel in 2017.

Tangled: The Musical continued to play on Disney Magic until May 2020. As a result of COVID-19, the Disney Magic ship has been moored in Kent in the UK since May 19, where it has become a curiosity for locals.

Filmed Production Notes
Tangled: The Musical was filmed live with the original cast during its first few performances in November 2015. The recording was made available for guests on the Disney Magic cruise ship on Stateroom TV.

In response to the COVID-19 shutdown, in July 2020, Disney released the recording on the Disney Parks YouTube channel. Given the recent release of Hamilton and the availability of Tangled the movie on Disney+, it is curious that Tangled: The Musical was released for free on YouTube and not on Disney’s own subscription-based streaming platform.

As noted by New York Times culture writer Nancy Coleman, the movie source material, with its story of being trapped at home trying to fill the time, is rather apt for 2020.

The filmed live release includes a brief introduction by Disney Cruise Line Cruise Director Lee Hawkins.

London Box Office reviewer Phil Willmott claimed the stage show “looks like a high budget pantomime” but noted that the film is “sumptuous to look at, fast moving (they edit out the scene changes) expertly filmed and I suspect it would hold the attention of most under 10s.”

Tangled: The Musical is currently available to view on Disney Parks YouTube.

Learn more about the filming ofTangledon episode 6 of the Filmed Live Musicals podcast, with actor and puppeteer David Colston Corris, who played Maximus. Available on all podcast apps.

Theatre: Walt Disney Theatre, Disney Magic Cruise Ship
Producer: Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment (Kelly J Benton)
Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Director: Gordon Greenberg
Orchestrations: Timothy Williams
Choreography: Connor Gallagher
Scenic Design: Bradley Kaye
Costume Design: Paloma Young
Hair & Make-Up Design: Wilma Terry
Lighting Design: Japhy Weideman
Sound Design: Cricket S. Mysers
Projection Design: Aaron Rhyne
Puppetry Design: Michael Curry
Puppetry Direction: Jeff Conover
Stage Manager: Gail Eve Malatesta

Elisha Ainsley (Rapunzel) Jimmy Larkin (Guard/Drunk Thug/Lantern Seller), David Wright Jr. (Guard, Gunther Thug, Townsperson), Nick Pankuch (Flynn Rider), Cate Cozzens (Queen, Fan, Killer Thug), Elliott Litherland (King/Captain/Thor Thug), Kyle Blair (Sage/Guard/Hook Hand Thug/Baker), Alison Davi (Lady/Fan/Guard/Wild Girl), Maris Fernandes (Lady/Fan/Guard/Fruit Seller), Courtney Leigh Halford (Nurse/Fan/Atilla Thug/Town Mom), Jeffrey Todd Stevens (Stabbington/Big Nose Thug/Flag Seller), Jacob Chancellor (Stabbington, Vladimir Thug/Metals Seller), Charis Vaughn (Fan, Bruiser Thug, Balloon Seller), Sydney Patrick (Girl/Fan), Katie Whetsell (Mother Gothel), Emma Burkholder (Rapunzel Double/Townsperson/Puppeteer), David Colston Corris (Maximus/Guard), Eric Deiboldt (Boy/Ulf Thug/Guard), Jack Hazelton (Flynn Double/Fang/Townsperson/Puppeteer), Karl Urban (Swing), and Raye Lederman (Swing)


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Is there a musical version of Tangled? ›

Produced by Kelly J Benton for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, and directed by Gordon Greenberg (co-writer and director of Holiday Inn), Tangled: The Musical was created and billed as a “Broadway-style” production. A condensed version of the film, the musical had a run time of 1 hour.

What is the main storyline of tangled the musical? ›

The storyline of "Tangled" follows Rapunzel, a young woman with long, magical hair, on the eve of her 18th birthday. She's trapped in a tower by a witch who claims to be her mother, but manages to escape with the help of small-time criminal Flynn Rider.

Why is Tangled not called Rapunzel? ›

They said they changed the title from Rapunzel to Tangled because Rapunzel is not the only main character in the film. They went on to say that you cannot call Toy Story "Buzz Lightyear," and they really needed a title that represented what the film is, and that it stars the duo of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.

Who was Rapunzel in 2010 other than Delaney? ›

Rapunzel (Tangled)
First appearanceTangled (2010)
Adapted byGlen Keane
Portrayed byElisha Ainsley (Tangled: The Musical)
Voiced byMandy Moore Delaney Rose Stein (young) (Tangled) Ivy George (young) (Tangled: The Series) Kelsey Lansdowne (Kingdom Hearts III)
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Why was Tangled 2 cancelled? ›

There was a desire to somehow take it into a filmic sequel," Conli said to the entertainment publication, though admitted that the pair of directors behind the first film, Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, wasn't entirely interested in following through on an additional Tangled project.

Is Tangled 2 confirmed? ›

Disney was indeed looking into making Tangled 2, its producer confirms. But there's a simple reason why it never happened... This story contains a spoiler for Tangled.

What is the hidden message in Tangled? ›

– In one of the final scenes of the movie, Rapunzel stands up to the witch, telling her that she will no longer bend to her wishes. The Takeaway: Sometimes, standing up to what you believe in is hard, takes courage and may go against popular opinion.

Who is the evil girl in Tangled? ›

Mother Gothel
Portrayed byKatie Whetsell (Tangled: The Musical)
Voiced byDonna Murphy
Based onDame Gothel from the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale
In-universe information
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What hidden Disney character is in Tangled? ›

Did you know that there are hidden gems in Disney's latest movie, Tangled? IT'S NO LIE – Look for Pinocchio in the pub. He can be found in the upper right corner when Shorty swings around like Cupid. ALL IN THE FAMILY — One of the shops in the kingdom is an actual shop found in Disneyland's Fantasyland.

Is Rapunzel Italian or German? ›

Rapunzel is a German fairy tale about a young woman named Rapunzel with impossibly long hair and who lives alone in a tower, held captive by a witch. It's also the German name of a vegetable commonly used in salads.

What does Rapunzel's hair symbolize in Tangled? ›

Rapunzel, her “beautiful long hair, as fine as spun gold,” representing the halo of an angel, can be likened to an angel singing the praises of God “…for it is good to sing praises unto our God…” (Psalm 147: 1). Rapunzel's hair itself also serves as a connection between heaven and earth.

What is Gothel Rapunzel's first name? ›

In the Grimms' fairy tale on which Tangled is based, she is called Dame Gothel ("Frau Gothel") instead of Mother Gothel ("Mutter Gothel").

What ethnicity is Rapunzel? ›

There are currently only seven Caucasian Disney Princesses: Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Rapunzel, and Merida. Snow White and Rapunzel are German. Cinderella, Aurora, and Belle are French. Ariel is Danish.

Are Rapunzel and Anna sisters? ›

Frozen's Elsa and Anna are Rapunzel's cousins

Continuing the family theme, Rapunzel and Eugene are very clearly seen arriving at Elsa's coronation in Frozen.

Is Rapunzel Cinderella's stepmother? ›

Rapunzel Becomes Cinderella's Evil Stepmother

When Rapunzel returns to her family, she finds that they have moved on without her, with her husband marrying a woman whose daughter is named Ella. While technically Rapunzel was Marcus's first wife, she ends up becoming Cinderella's stepmother after her escape.

Will Rapunzel's hair grow back? ›

In the TV series, Rapunzel's magic hair grows back to the length and color it was in the film. It grows back when Rapunzel and her handmaid, Cassandra, discover some mystical rocks with magical properties during a secret adventure. In the series, her new hair is revealed to be indestructible and cannot be cut.

Did Rapunzel have kids? ›

In the past, Rapunzel had two daughters, Anastasia and Drizella, and made a deal with Mother Gothel to be locked in a tower in exchange for the safety of her family. Six years later, Rapunzel frees herself and when she returns to her family, she discovers she has gained a stepdaughter named Ella.

Who is the villain in Tangled 2? ›

Lady Caine is the main antagonist of Tangled: Before Ever After and a recurring antagonist in Tangled: The Series.

Did Rapunzel and Eugene have a baby? ›

Rapunzel is one of the heroines, the wife of Eugene Fitzherbert and mother of Ruby and Zellie.

Who plays Flynn in Tangled 2023? ›

Set for a late November release, the movie boasts the voice talents of Mandy Moore as Rapunzel, Zachary Levi as Flynn and two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy as Madame Gothel, the villainess who keeps Rapunzel locked away.

Is Rapunzel in Frozen? ›

Rapunzel Attending the Coronation

One of the most famous Easter eggs in Frozen takes place during the coronation scene at the very beginning. Fans immediately spotted a familiar princess attending the event. That's right, you can spot Rapunzel from Tangled with her short brown hair walking into the castle!

Why did Cassandra turn evil in Tangled? ›

Over the course of Season 2, Cassandra's insecurity and desire to rise above everyone's view of her grew to a point where she became bitter to Rapunzel for always upstaging her at everything; a growing crack in their relationship that only gotten worse when she discovered her own backstory in the House of Yesterday's ...

Why is Pascal in Tangled? ›

Introduced as the pet and best friend of Rapunzel, Pascal is a chameleon who lives with Rapunzel in Mother Gothel's secluded tower. Although Rapunzel pretends to be happy living in isolation under Gothel's strict, controlling parenting, Pascal refuses to hide his discontent.

What do floating lanterns symbolize in Tangled? ›

Floating lanterns were a traditional thing for the people of Corona on the birthday of the long-lost princess. Believing that she would return someday, thousands of these lanterns in the night sky every year on her birthday in the hope that she would be further guided by their warm glow and meaning.

What is Mother Gothel's real name? ›

Mother Gothel's original name was Madame Gothel. She is one of the few Disney Villains in the Disney revival era to die along with Dr. Facilier, Turbo, Arthur and King Runeard. According to her voice actor, Donna Murphy, Gothel is 387 years old by the time of the movie.

Are Meg and Mother Gothel the same person? ›

Today Ben dives into the world of Disney to discuss two absolute classics: Hercules and Tangled and uncovers the TRUTH about Mother Gothel and her origins as none other than: MEG!

Who is the oldest princess in Disney? ›

1937: Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came out in 1937, debuting the very first Disney princess with Snow White herself.

Is the original Rapunzel dark? ›

The original tale is a bit darker and more twisted than the current Disney version “Tangled.” The story of Rapunzel begins with a man and woman who desperately want a child. When the woman finally became with child she longed to eat rampion from the garden behind their home, which belonged to an enchantress.

What is Rapunzel named after? ›

According to the Brothers Grimm, Princess Rapunzel is named after the cultivated vegetable of the same name, growing in a witch's garden.

Is Rapunzel blonde or brunette? ›

Brown Hair is the natural hair color of Princess Rapunzel that she has gotten from her biological mother, Queen Arianna, had she not inherited the yellow Sundrop Flower's heavenly magic.

What does it mean if you get Rapunzel as your first tattoo? ›

The Rapunzel tattoo is symbolic of feeling trapped, but also having the ability to escape your situation. It can be a reminder to you that you have control over your life and that you don't have to be bound by your past. The Rapunzel tattoo is also symbolic of finding love and being rescued by someone who loves you.

What is the Grimm version of Rapunzel? ›

The Grimm's version of "Rapunzel" ends happily, with Rapunzel finding her lost love the prince, curing his blindness with her tears, and the couple riding off towards his kingdom to live happily ever after with their twins.

Why did Eugene cut Rapunzel's hair so short? ›

Cutting the hair freed Rapunzel from Gothel and allowed Eugene to choose his death rather than be hung as a criminal.

How old was Rapunzel when she was kidnapped? ›

Rapunzel became the most beautiful child under the sun. When she was twelve years old, the sorceress locked her in a tower that stood in a forest and that had neither a door nor a stairway, but only a tiny little window at the very top.

How did Mother Gothel know the song? ›

Video. "Healing Incantation" is a song sung by Rapunzel throughout the film to activate her powers of reversing damages, including complete regeneration of damaged tissues and organs as well as an aging reversal to a certain degree. Mother Gothel learned the incantation from Zhan Tiri and later taught it to Rapunzel.

What is the original version of Tangled? ›

The first written record of a story that may be recognized as Rapunzel is Giambattista Basile's Petrosinella, translating to parsley, which was published in Naples in the local dialect in 1634 in a collection entitled Lo cunto de li cunti (The Story of Stories).

How many Disney movies are musicals? ›

Which Disney films have been made into musicals?
  • Beauty and the Beast. ...
  • Beauty and the Beast (2021) ...
  • The Lion King. ...
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame. ...
  • Mary Poppins. ...
  • Tarzan. ...
  • The Little Mermaid. ...
  • Aladdin.
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Who sang the part of Rapunzel in Tangled? ›

As the respective voices of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, singer-songwriter Mandy Moore and actor Zachary Levi recorded "I See the Light" for the film and its soundtrack.

Does Rapunzel have two daughters? ›

In the past, Rapunzel had two daughters, Anastasia and Drizella, and made a deal with Mother Gothel to be locked in a tower in exchange for the safety of her family Six years later, Rapunzel frees herself and when she returns to her family, she discovers she has gained a stepdaughter named Ella.

What is Rapunzel's ethnicity? ›

There are currently only seven Caucasian Disney Princesses: Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Rapunzel, and Merida. Snow White and Rapunzel are German. Cinderella, Aurora, and Belle are French.

What does Rapunzel mean in German? ›

Some translations of the Grimms' story have rapunzel as rampion, which is a European bellflower that's commonly used in salad, but the German word rapunzel refers to lamb's lettuce.

What is the longest running Disney musical? ›

'The Lion King'

The Lion King has been one of Broadway's most prized possessions since its opening in 1997. It's Disney's longest-running theatrical production, with just over 10,000 performances.

What is the longest running Disney Broadway show? ›

The Lion King

Based on the 1994 animated Disney movie of the same name, it is also the longest running Disney Theatrical Productions show.

What was the shortest running musical? ›

No.TitleClosing date
1.A Place for PollyApril 18, 1970
1.Play Me a Country SongJune 27, 1982
1.Rainbow JonesFebruary 13, 1974
1.Ring Around the BathtubApril 29, 1972
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What is Rapunzel's famous line? ›

"I could go running, and racing, and dancing, and chasing, and leaping, and bounding, hair flying, heart pounding, and splashing, and reeling, and finally feeling now's when my life begins!" –Rapunzel.

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