While the musical version of Freaky Friday continues playing all over the country, Disney Theatrical Productions has decided to make a television movie of the adaptation, to be aired on Disney Channel.
Freaky Friday was originally a novel by Mary Rodgers, published in 1972, and has been adapted as a film twice. It’s a sweet story of a mother and daughter swapping bodies. It was developed as a musical by Disney, and premiered in Virginia in 2016. The show is currently playing in Cleveland, and will be in Houston later this summer.
Aside from the beloved source material, Freaky Friday is notable for the creative team. The music is being written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the incredible duo behind Next to Normal and If/Then.
Notably, this is the first musical they’ve worked on that’s an adaptation of existing material. For fans who are too eager to hear the music to wait for the TV movie, a cast album was released in February.
The book of the musical is by Bridget Carpenter, and no director has been announced yet. But the movie is scheduled to film this fall.