Schele Williams to Direct Hidden Figures Stage Musical for Disney | Broadway Buzz

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The previously announced Hidden characters a musical has found its director. In an interview on Hello america on his children’s book Your legacy: a daring reconquest of our history of slavery, Schele Williams has revealed that she will lead the series. “It’s a musical. It will be produced by Disney Theatrical. It’s a dream come true,” Williams said. “It’s in development, and we’re very excited.”

Williams also opened up to Broadway.com about the project. “I have a long history with Disney, and Tom Schumacher in particular. During the development of Aida, we talked about stories that marked me. Amplification stories about the extraordinary accomplishments of black women are at the top of my list. Now that I’m a mother, I think about the impact my art will have on my daughters. I couldn’t think of a show that was more related to my passion and purpose, ”she explained.“ I couldn’t feel more honored. We are in the early stages. I had the pleasure of speaking with the author of the book, Margot Lee Shetterly and with her guidance, I learn as much as I can about these incredible women, the times and their impact. “

Loosely based on Shetterly’s non-fiction book of the same name, the film Hidden characters, directed by Theodore Melfi, recounted the contributions of black female mathematicians at NASA who played a pivotal role in the United States’ space race missions of the 1960s. Taraji P. Henson played the role by mathematician Katherine Johnson, and Octavia Spencer won an Oscar nomination for her performance as NASA supervisor and mathematician Dorothy Vaughan. The film’s cast also included Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell and Mahershala Ali. Film scholar and former film critic Elvis Mitchell is attached to the new musical as a creative consultant.

Williams was a Aida a member of the original cast of the company, who is expected to lead the next revival. She also appeared on Broadway in To rent and was associate director of Motown the musical. Williams is also co-chair of the board of directors of Broadway Inspirational Voices and a founding member of Black Theater United.

Details on the musical’s cast, creative team, and timeline are yet to be determined. Watch the movie trailer below!