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 represented on Broadway with “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. Theatre Ventures’ Olivier Award-winning musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is currently touring in North America, following its successful runs on London’s West End, Broadway and an Australian production at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.
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.”