It’s quite rare to hear a Disney song in a pantomime, have you ever wondered why?

Disney are fiercely protective of their brand, and rightly so, and they have strict regulations on what people can and cannot do with their songs on stage. In most cases it is a straightforward no from Disney if you want to use their songs except for songs from Snow White and Pinocchio, which cannot be used in the context of a pantomime of the same name but can be used out of context. This means, for example, that the dwarfs in Snow White cannot sing ‘Hi Ho’ but if you were putting on a production of Cinderella and could shoe-horn the song in then you would get away with that, if you are able to get through the red tape that is trying to communicate with Disney to get this agreed of course.

The rules are not just restricted to professional pantomimes either, if an am-dram production think they can get away with slipping a Disney number in then they might want to think again, it could be a costly exercise if you risk it and Disney always win in the end. To check on the use if any Disney song you would need to visit www.warnerchappell.com to seek permission. Good luck! To make it clear, no Disney song is covered by a PRS licence.

Disney are not the only company to play hard ball when it comes to using their songs in panto. The hit movie The Greatest Showman may have some of the most memorable and popular songs but when it comes to transferring them onto the stage it is another big no no! Restrictions are in place meaning productions cannot use the songs if the show has a circus setting and they even go as far as to put a restriction on wearing a ringmaster costume whilst performing the hit numbers.

So are there other songs you might struggle to get clearance on to include in panto, oh yes! Songs from Grease and songs by Abba are just as hard to get permission to use and it’s probably not even worth the enquiry, just give them a wide berth.

SONGS SUITABLE FOR ACT 1 OPENING

A Brand New Day - From The Wiz

One Short Day - From Wicked

Spread the Love Around - From Sister Act The Musical

Something About This Night - From Finding Neverland

FAIRY GODMOTHER SONGS

Magic to Do - From Pippin

Do You Believe In Magic

Once Upon A Time - From Brooklyn

Pure Imagination

DICK WHITTINGTON SONGS

FOR THE SHIP SCENCE.....

Dancing With The Captain

In The Navy

SONGS FOR DICK TO SING....

London Is London

All of London is here Tonight

SONGS FOR KING/QUEEN RAT....

Bat (Rat) Out Of Hell  Meatloaf (King Rat)

SONGS FOR DICK AND ALICE TO SING TOGETHER....

All I Have To Do Is Dream

I Only Wanna Be With You

If I Told You - From The Wedding Singer

Right In Front Of Your Eyes -  From The Wedding Singer 

When You Tell Me That You Love Me

CINDERELLA

(At the Balll) - Cross The Line - Big The Musical 

(Prince/Dandini) - Together Wherever We Go

(Cinderella) - In My Own Little Corner

(Prince) - Dancing Through Life - From Wicked

(Prince) - If The World Turned Upside Down

(Buttons) - Knock Three Times

(Buttons) - Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

(Buttons) - Hi Ho Silver Lining

(Buttons) -  Bachelor Boy

(Buttons) -  Happiness

(Buttons) - Achy Breaky Heart

(Buttons) -  Spread A Little Happiness

(Cinders & Buttons) - Friendship

(Cinders & Buttons) - That's What Friends Are For

(Transformation) - This Is The Moment

(Transformation) - A New Life - From Jekyll & Hyde

PRINCE SONGS

Seize The Day - From Newsies

Stronger - From Finding Neverland

The Climb

It's My Time - Mark Evans

If You're Not The One

SONGS TO USE IN ALADDIN

One Night In Bangkok/Peking - From Chess

Mysterious Cities Of Gold

Shakalakka Baby - From Bombay Dreams

(Aladdin Solo)- Stronger - Finding Neverland

(Princess) - Astonishing - From Little Women

(Aladdin & Princess) - Written In The Stars

SONGS TO USE IN PETER PAN

(Lost Boys) - We're All Made of Stars

(Pirates) - Good Old Captain Hook

(Pirates) - Wolves Of The Sea

(Tiger Lily) - Wig Wam Bam

(Tiger Lily) - Spirits Are Calling My Name

(Peter) - Don't Be Anything Less - Snoopy Musical

(Peter) - I Won't Grow Up

(Peter) - Believe - From Finding Neverland

(Peter) - Neverland - From Finding Neverland

SONGS TO USE IN SNOW WHITE

(Snow White) - Morning Person  Shrek The Musical

(Snow White) -  I Need A Hero - Bonnie Tyler

(Wicked Queen) Snow White Songs - Mirror Mirror - Dollar

(Prince) - Who I'd Be - From Shrek The Musical

(Prince) - Dare - Stan Bush

(Muddles) - Atmosphere

(In the forest) - Run With Us - The Racoons

SONGS TO USE IN JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

(Jack & Jill) - I Could Easily Fall In Love

(Jack & Jill) - Somewhere Out There

(Jack & Jill) - I Got You - From Bring It On

(Simple Simon) - Fiddlin'

(Simple Simon) - Simon Says

(Jack) - Dare - From Finding Neverland

(Jack realising he loves Jill) This is It

DAME SONGS

Fabulous Baby - From Sister Act The Musical

Dear Future Husband - Meghan Trainor

9 til 5 - Dolly Parton

I Can Cook Too - From On The Town The Musical

Man Wanted - From Copacabana The Musical

Toy Boy - Sinitta

FINALE SONGS

Best Years of Our Lives 

Colour My World - From Priscilla Queen of the Desert 

Can't Stop The Feeling - From Trolls The Movie

Celebration  - Kylie Minogue

It's Your Wedding Day - From The Wedding Singer The Musical

Do You Wanna Dance - From Summer Holiday The Musical

VILLAIN SONGS

In The Dark of the Night - From Anastasia

It Feels So Good To Be Bad- From All Dogs Go To Heaven 2

Ghost Gag suggestions:

Ghostbusters

If there's something strange in you neighborhood
Who you gonna call? (ghostbusters)
If there's something weird
And it don't look good
Who you gonna call? (ghostbusters)

Whistle a Happy Tune - From the King & I 

Whenever I feel afraid

I hold my head up high

and whistle a happy tune

So no-one will suspect I'm afraid

whilst shivering in my shoes

I strike a careless pose
and whistle a happy tune

So no-one will suspect I'm afraid