Kung Fu Panda Live (also called Kung Fu Panda Arena Spectacular) is an in-progress live arena show, featuring characters from the hit DreamWorks film Kung Fu Panda. The show is being produced and developed by DreamWorks Theatricals in collaboration with Franco Dragone Entertainment Group.
The show was originally expected to be ready for international touring in 2011 in order to time around the theatrical release of the film's sequel, but there were multiple changes in its auditions dates. The show has now been recently confirmed to have halted in its production and postponed its audition dates indefinitely.
DreamWorks Animation announced back in May 2009 the plans for this show, and is currently in collaboration with Franco Dragone Entertainment Group to help make this happen. According to DreamWorks Animation Chief Operating Officer Ann Daly, they expect the show to result in a "totally new and inventive live entertainment experience for family audiences."
More recently, Franco Dragone Entertainment Group announced the production halt on the show and the indefinite postponing of all audition dates. A new casting auditions poster had previously confirmed audition dates for January 2012, but were eventually cancelled following this announcement:
"Given the immense innovation in development for 'Kung Fu Panda Arena Spectacular,' DreamWorks Theatricals and the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group have made the difficult decision to delay the production's launch date. It is the ambition of both companies to give the show the appropriate amount of time it needs to recognize its fullest creative potential. All auditions have been postponed indefinitely."