From an outer space future to the modern Broadway stage? No, Pixar's animated hit WALL-E isn't becoming a musical -- yet -- but it may be responsible for the revival of a venerable stage production. Jerry Herman, who wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway smash Hello, Dolly, told Varietythat the release of the widely-acclaimed film about a lovestruck robot has "unexpectedly amplified the buzz" that Dolly would be revived for Broadway.
In the film, WALL-E discovers Hello, Dolly on an ancient videocassette in a trash heap and becomes enthralled by the songs "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" and "It Only Takes a Moment." The songs play a key role in the narrative. Director Andrew Stanton told The A.V. Club that he "always loved the idea of the future against the past juxtaposed ... it just fit musically."
There's been talk of a Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly for several years, according to Herman, who was "stunned and moved" by the movie's first moments, in which "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" is heard. He thinks the movie "will only make it more vital, more of an event, and I think a lot of kids would come and see where those songs came from."
The composer has thought of Queen Latifah for the lead role, while expressing reservations about other possibilities, such as Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Patti LuPone, Reba McEntire, Bernadette Peters, and Barbra Streisand, who played the part in the movie version.