( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) From Disney+’s Hawkeye to the Stage at the Disney Parks
ENSPIRE Contributor: Daniel Garritson
Those who watched the 2021 Marvel Studios series on Disney+, Hawkeye, might recognize the name Rogers: the Musical. In the fiction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Rogers: the Musical is a Broadway show about Steve Rogers, better known as Captain America. The story of the musical covers Steve Rogers’ life from the events of Captain America: The First Avenger to Avengers: Endgame, where (spoiler alert) the character dies. Though the musical in the show earns the ire of Clint Barton, Hawkeye, for its inaccuracies to the ‘real’ story of Steve Rogers’ life, the song that we got to see in the show was undeniably catchy.
Now the musical is being performed at Disney California Adventure, extended from a single number into a one-act play. With a book by Hunter Bell (Villains Tonight!) and compositions by Christopher Lennertz (Galavant), Rogers: the Musical has blossomed into something worthy of Broadway. Fan-favorites like “Save The City” from Hawkeye (with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman), and “Star Spangled Man” from the film Captain America: The First Avenger (with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by David Zippel) are still present, besides 5 new songs.
The musical has received praise for its production and direction, far-outshining expectations for a theme park show. Dan Libbey at CinemaBlend called it “a fantastic piece of musical theater”, being impressed by what Disney Live Entertainment created, noting it “raises the bar of what a stage show at a theme park can be”. “What You Missed” is a song in which Nick Fury details to Captain America all the things that took place while he spent 70 years frozen in ice. This song is considered the stand-out among the new songs, reaching the heights of “Save the City”, a fan favorite.
After its appearance in Hawkeye, as well as being seen on billboards in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Secret Invasion, Rogers: the Musical is finally much closer to a fully realized musical. The show is campy fun, full of charm and excitement, and is showing at Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure through the end of the summer.