101 Stage Adaptations

Disney's BEAUTY & THE BEAST with Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ep. 56)

January 11, 2024 Marcia Milgrom Dodge Episode 56
101 Stage Adaptations
Disney's BEAUTY & THE BEAST with Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ep. 56)
Show Notes

For another installment of "When the Production is the Adaptation," Melissa is joined by Marcia Milgrom Dodge aka "MMD" to discuss her production and revival of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Olney Theatre Center.   

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The origins of the "MMD" moniker
  • "Smuggling in deeper meaning"
  • Redesigning and imagining a Disney-branded show
  • How MMD has been a constant champion of diverse casting 

And more!

Resources Mentioned
Olney Theatre's production directed by MMD
Dramaturgy and research for MMD's production
Licensing the musical

About Our Guest
Marcia Milgrom Dodge is a Tony, Drama Desk & Astaire Award nominated director & choreographer for her “stirring & lovingly staged” Broadway/Kennedy Center revival of Ragtime. Most recently, MMD was the American Show Director for Tokyo Disneyland’s 40th Anniversary Parade Harmony In Color! For Television, MMD appeared as herself in Disney+ Encore!; choreographed The Muppets in an Emmy-winning episode of Sesame Street and choreographed Elmo & The Noodle Family in Elmo’s Wild West video, delighting children of all ages. MMD’s bold new approaches to classic plays & musicals-- plus a few world-premiere musicals-- have been seen worldwide, from major regional theatres throughout the USA & Canada to Fredericia, Denmark to Seoul, S. Korea to Blackpool, England and even Muskat, Oman. Devoted to developing the next generation of theatre artists, her Directing Musicals workshops are geared for early-career Directors and Actors as well as for Theatre Lovers. MMD is also wife to Tony, mother to Natasha & a proud member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

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