Finding Nemo: The Musical (Disney’s Animal Kingdom) – Part 1

*Sung lyrics in bold.

(Preshow ends. Overture begins. Curtain rises to reveal MARLIN and CORAL in their nest filled with eggs, looking out over the ocean.)

MARLIN
Wow… Look at this spectacular view! Did your man deliver or did he deliver?

CORAL
(Laughing) Marlin, shh! You’re gonna wake the kids! We still have to name them. I like Nemo.

MARLIN
Nemo? Well, we can name one Nemo, but I’d like most of them to be Marlin Jr.

(Music turns ominous.)

What was that? Get inside Coral. No, Coral, don’t go out there. Leave it alone! Coral!

(Sound of zapping and CORAL disappears along with all the eggs except one.)

Coral?! (To the remaining egg.) Oh… There, there. Daddy’s got you. I promise, I will never let anything happen to you… Nemo.

(Change of scene as NEMO gets older.)

NEMO
First day of school! Time for school!

MARLIN
All right, we’re excited. It’s your first day of school, Nemo. We’re ready to learn—to get some knowledge.
Now what’s the one thing we remember before we head out from here?

NEMO
The ocean’s not safe,
So we have to check if the coast is clear.

MARLIN
Right.
We go out,
And then back in.
And then we go out,
And then back in.
And one more time, out,
And then back in.
And sometimes,
If you want to do it four times—

NEMO
Come on!

MARLIN
Okay…

NEMO
Hey Dad, hey Dad, wouldn’t it be cool
If I maybe met a shark while I’m at school?

MARLIN
No!

NEMO
Or an angel fish!
Is it true that they have wings?

MARLIN
I don’t think so.

NEMO
Can you believe there are so many things
In the big, blue world?
I’m gonna go explore!
In the big, blue world,
That I’ve never seen before.
So many creatures,
Swimming ’round the sea.
In the big, blue world,
And all of them are waiting for me!

MARLIN
That’s what I’m afraid of!

NEMO
Hey, Dad! Do you know how old sea turtles are?

MARLIN
Sea turtles? I don’t know…

NEMO
Sandy Plankton said that they could live to be a hundred!

MARLIN
Well, If I ever meet one, I’ll ask him.

NEMO
Me too! Maybe I’ll meet a sea turtle and a shark!

MARLIN
I know you’re excited,
But let’s take a little pause.
Sharks are not our friends, Nemo.
Haven’t you seen Jaws?

NEMO
What?

MARLIN
You don’t want to meet a swordfish;
You don’t want to meet a whale.

NEMO
I want to meet a whale!

MARLIN
You need me around to watch your tail!
In the big blue world,
You’re just a little fish.

NEMO
Aw, Dad…

MARLIN
In the big blue world
You’ll be seen as a tasty dish.

NEMO
No!

MARLIN
You mean so much to me.
I don’t know what I would do
In this big blue world,
If something should happen to you.

NEMO
No need to worry, Dad,
I’ll be okay!

MARLIN
I’m scared you’ll end up as a clownfish filet.
We can turn right around,
We could wait one more year.

NEMO
Don’t be so boring, Dad—
I belong here!

(Curtains open to reveal all kinds of SEA CREATURES on stage and in the aisles.)

Wow! Isn’t it beautiful?!

MARLIN
Nemo!

NEMO
Come on, dad!

MARLIN
Hold my fin! Hold my fin!

SEA CREATURES
Take a look around you.
The ocean’s alive!
In the big blue world,
It’s time for you to arrive.

MARLIN
Is this where we meet his teacher?

DADS
Yup. Sure is. Mhmm.

TAD
What’s wrong with his fin?

TAD’S DAD
Be nice! It’s his first day of school!

MARLIN
He was born with it, kids. We call it his lucky fin.

NEMO
Dad!

MR. RAY (Entering)
Let’s name the zones,
The zones, the zones!
Let’s name the zones of the open sea!

KIDS
Mr. Ray!

MR. RAY
Climb aboard explorers! Who’s this?

NEMO
I’m Nemo.

MARLIN
He’s got a little fin. I find if he gets tired, just give him a break. Ten, fifteen minutes—

NEMO
Dad!

MR. RAY
Don’t worry. We’re gonna travel as a group.

MARLIN
Nemo, you’re such a special kid.
Want me to come with you?
I’d feel better if I did.
Remember everything I’ve told you…

NEMO
Dad, I’ll be alright.

MR. RAY
Climb aboard explorers!
Hold on tight!
Are you ready?

NEMO
Yes, I’m ready!

MR. RAY
Really ready?

MARLIN
I don’t think I’m ready.

MR. RAY AND NEMO
We’re ready to go!

ENSEMBLE
In the big, blue world!
(We’re ready to go!)
In the big, blue world!
(We’re ready to go!)
In the big, blue world…

SHELDON’S DAD
You’re doing really well for a first timer.

PEARL’S DAD
I remember I was a mess when my kid first went to The Drop-Off.

MARLIN
Well, what are you gonna do? You gotta let ’em go sometime—The Drop-Off?!

(Applause. Change of scene to The Drop-Off. The KIDS look up at a boat.)

SHELDON
What’s that?

TAD
Sandy Plankton said it’s called a “butt”…

PEARL
Whoa, that’s a pretty big butt!

SHELDON
Look at us… We’re gonna touch the butt!

PEARL
Come on, Nemo!

TAD
How far can you go?

NEMO
Um, my dad says it’s not safe—

MARLIN (Appearing)
Nemo!! No, you can’t be anywhere near here!

NEMO
I wasn’t gonna—

MARLIN
You’re not ready! I was right. We’ll try school again next year.

NEMO
But dad!

MARLIN
You know you can’t swim well.

NEMO
I can!

MARLIN:
No you can’t! Now come along.
You think that you can do these things,
But you are wrong!

NEMO
I hate you.

(He starts to swim toward the boat.)

MARLIN:
Nemo! What are you doing? You get back here! You are in big trouble, young man. Do you hear me Big, big—

(NEMO is captured in a net.)

NEMO
Ahh!! Daddy, help me!!

MARLIN
Nemo!!! Oh, no, please, please! Wait. Please, slow down!

(Mask falls from the diver, but NEMO is gone. Continued in Part 2.)

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