Founded: May 2003
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is the company’s live stage play division, which develops and produces musicals and other stage productions based on Warner Bros.’ vast library of iconic film and television properties.
The division is currently preparing two new musicals set to debut in 2018. Dave, directed by Tina Landau, with music by two-time Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt, lyrics by Tony nominee Nell Benjamin and a book by three-time Tony winner Thomas Meehan and Nell Benjamin, will make its world premiere at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage in July. And Beetlejuice, a new musical comedy directed by two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers, with an original score by Eddie Perfect and a book by Scott Brown and Emmy nominee Anthony King, will have its world premiere pre-Broadway engagement at Washington D.C.’s National Theatre in October. Theatre Ventures is also currently readying the Olivier Award-winning musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for a North American tour and an Australian production at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre following its successful runs on London’s West End and Broadway.
Presently in development with Theatre Ventures is A Star is Born, directed by Bill Condon, Dog Day Afternoon from playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis and 17 Again. The division’s previous Broadway productions include Oscar-winner William Goldman’s adaptation of Misery directed by Will Frears, starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf; the record-breaking holiday hit Elf; the Tony Award-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County; and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2015. Additionally, the division co-produced the original musical Secondhand Lions at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Theatre Ventures also licenses third-party stage rights to the various properties held within the Studio’s vast library, including such productions as Hairspray, The Bodyguard, Top Hat, Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, The Color Purple and 42nd Street.