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Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and friends are heading to theaters. Not cinemas — the actual stage.

Warner Bros. has partnered with Montreal-based production company Monlove to create a live musical stage show featuring the Looney Tunes characters, which will tour the world. It is described as follows:

Looney Tunes characters, settings, songs, and stories have, for decades, been woven into a kind of technicolor canon that reflects the human condition using art, humor, and history, governed only by the limits of animation. The new live show has the same goal: an experience that offers audiences the same charm, swagger, and pathos combined with comedy and gravity-defying performances.

Quite how this will unfold in practice remains to be seen — action and storytelling operate under greater limits onstage than in animation, of course, and details of the show remain under wraps. We do know that it will feature “innovative video and interactive technology … music, irreverent humor, puppetry and vaudevillian arts, song, dance, and mime.”

The show will be overseen by Monlove’s partners Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson, who will serve as executive producers and will create the original concept, book, music, and lyrics. They have already collaborated with Warner Bros. on a Scooby-Doo stage show that will debut in January 2022 (following a 22-month Covid-related delay).

The pair previously created musical live show Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure, based on the namesake animation franchise, which toured 48 countries and grossed over $100 million. Monlove also produced The Nut Job Live & Friends, adapted from the Nut Job animated features co-produced in Canada, the U.S., and South Korea.

Image at top: A Looney Tunes stage show at a mall in Dubai.