CENTURY CITY, California and AMSTERDAM , December 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — It’s the dawn of a new age as Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Stage Entertainment Touring Productions today announce the launch of Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure, a completely original live entertainment spectacular.Â The first show of its kind to combine exceptional ice skating, aerial arts, puppetry and film, Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure will take audiences on an awe-inspiring journey with a new story based on the first three films from one of the top-grossing international animated film franchises of all time. The production is slated to premiere early November 2012 at the Wembley Arena in London and continue on a global, five-year tour visiting more than 30 countries around the world.
Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure is being produced and directed by some of the biggest names in live entertainment through Stage Entertainment Touring Productions.Â The show will be directed by the brilliant mind behind the Cirque du Soleil productions, Ka and Dralion, Guy Caron, while story, music and lyrics will be created by Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson (Cirque du Soleil, Holiday on Ice and APM Music).Â Costume design will be headed by Michael Curry (Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney, Olympics).
“This is a big step in the development of our company and perfectly fits our ambition to produce the best arena shows for a worldwide audience, working with the most professional partners. We are very excited about this project,” said Caspar Gerwe, CEO of Stage Entertainment Touring Productions.
Robert Marick, Executive Vice President of Fox Consumer Products added, “Stage Entertainment is raising the bar in terms of licensed live productions and their expertise on the world stage is the perfect fit for this international blockbuster.Â Its creation furthers our commitment to bringing the very best in live entertainment to fans and we couldn’t think of a better partner to blaze this new frontier with than Stage Entertainment.”
“We are very thrilled to work with such a strong creative team to ensure top class family entertainment in arenas around the world,” said Henk Kivits, CEO of Stage Entertainment.
Jeffrey Godsick , President of Fox Consumer Products added, “Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure is going to be a truly groundbreaking, live entertainment experience that will amaze and delight not just fans of the Ice Age franchise, but anyone seeking a truly unique live stage show.”
Joop van den Ende, President and Founder of Stage Entertainment commented, “I am very proud to be associated with Twentieth Century Fox. We are delighted to bring the famous Ice Age characters to life.”
With more than $4 billion in box office, home entertainment and consumer products sales, Ice Age is one of the world’s most successful animated franchises.Â This announcement of Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure comes at a booming time for the franchise with the debut of the first Ice Age television holiday special, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas, and the fourth installment of the film series, Ice Age: Continental Drift, in theaters in 3D July 2012.Â The film features a returning cast voiced by Ray Romano , John Leguizamo , Denis Leary , Seann William Scott , and Queen Latifah along with new characters voiced by Jennifer Lopez , Wanda Sykes , Keke Palmer , Aziz Ansari and Drake, among others.