Disney begins casting performers for 'Finding Nemo The Big Blue and Beyond' coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom

Nov 30, 2021 in "Finding Nemo - The Musical"

Posted: Tuesday November 30, 2021 3:27pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has started casting performers for the new version of the Finding Nemo Musical returning to Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2022 - "Finding Nemo: The Big Blue... and Beyond!"

Disney is currently casting singing roles for Nemo and the Ensemble, which will include an array of puppetry styles, including rod, bunraku and hand puppetry. 

Opening in 2022, the new show will be set in the timeline of "Finding Dory." Fan favorite songs from "Finding Nemo the Musical" will return, including "In the Big Blue World" and "Go with the Flow."

When you take a seat in the theater, you’ll find yourself at the Marine Life Institute. As the show begins, we catch up with the fish from Dr. P. Sherman's office in "Finding Nemo," who have made their way across the ocean to California. They tell the story of Nemo and how they all got there.

The original "Finding Nemo The Musical," which debuted in 2007 at Disney's Animal Kingdom, has not reopened since the park resumed operations in mid 2020. 

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WondersOfLifeDec 01, 2021

I need to remember to just keep my point doing to the basics on these forums because ya'll nitpick everything into tiny details... ...Finding Nemo the Musical & Festival of the Lion King could exist forever as a top-notch show without getting dated. Similar to dozens of Broadway shows that have stood the test of time. It's as simple as that.

TrainChasersDec 01, 2021

This could still be a very “watered down” (pun intended) version of the show. It’s also possible, for example, that there will only be one principal actor and the rest will be ensemble.

Magic FeatherNov 30, 2021

Wow, look at that. Everyone will be live singers again; no pre-recorded songs with non-equity dancers. And I'm under the impression that Marlin, Dory, and Crush are simply not being auditioned because they still have the actors for those roles.

DorysDittyNov 30, 2021

If they’re singing Not My Dad/That’s My Dad, it’d make sense to have Marlin.

Nick_ANov 30, 2021

Based on that, it would appear as if Dory and Crush are already cast, leading me to assume that those performers are all returning. I wonder if some of the Nemos may also be returning. I wonder if Marlin will be in this show?

DCBakerNov 30, 2021

A look at the new casting call out for the show -

TikibirdLandNov 23, 2021

that photo is disturbing in so many ways!

discosNov 22, 2021

That's exactly what they said the story is gonna be focused on, and how they all got to the Marine Life Institue. So essentially, as you said, a lot of the songs from Finding Nemo the Musical could remain. They'd just have to rewrite dialogue between the songs to set up each of the character's stories.

Chip ChippersonNov 22, 2021

I don't think it's supposed to be a Finding Dory story, but rather characters from that film retelling the story of Finding Nemo if I'm understanding correctly. So it will be more of a flashback to Finding Nemo and that's when those songs would be performed.

DorysDittyNov 22, 2021

They’re keeping Big Blue World and Go with the Flow, there are way more songs than just those two. The plot driven songs and even the verses to those two won’t make sense in a Finding Dory story.

TrainChasersNov 22, 2021

I think they are keeping the songs.

DorysDittyNov 22, 2021

You forgot to mention half the time! See a Nemo/Dory review in 20 minutes or less with no plot and songs not written by the Lopezes. I have zero hopes based on WDWs recent flops of DE and Kite Tails and Harmonious. I don’t see why they didn’t bring it back for a while to boost sales of “going away” merch and getting fans to come see it one more time. We’d have done it. It was so special to us and is a giant hole in AK right now.

IMDREWNov 22, 2021

So this is what the theatre is gonna look like?

Disney AnalystNov 21, 2021

Yep. They were trying to shorten the show who’s biggest complaint was that it was overlong and bloated. I wish they had left Morning Report alone though.