Is Kung Fu Panda the Next Lion King?

Dreamworks SKG announced today that it would be working in collaboration with Franco Dragone to create a live show based on its animated hit “Kung Fu Panda.”

Las Vegas is quite familiar with Dragone’s work. He created and directed a number of landmark Las Vegas shows that helped changed the way Sin City thinks about entertainment including “Mystère,” “O,Celine Dion’s “A New Day …” and “Le Rêve.

Dragone is used to working with highly creative teams. His Las Vegas shows were done in cooperation with talented groups  like Cirque du Soleil for “Mystère” and “O;” Celine Dion, Mia Michaels and others for “A New Day,” and Steve Wynn for “Le Rêve.” 

“We expect that the combination of the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group and DreamWorks Animation will result in a totally new and inventive live entertainment experience for family audiences,” said DreamWorks Animation Chief Operating Officer Ann Daly.

The show is targeted to begin touring in 2011 to coincide with the June opening of the “Kung Fu Panda” sequel.

The question remains, will it visit Las Vegas on its tour? With the combination of Franco Dragone and Dreamworks, it appears to be the perfect Las Vegas match. Let’s hope it doesn’t take as long as “Lion King” did (12 years) to reach Vegas.


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