Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and other live touring staged productions featuring your favorite Disney characters, will be launching a new touring show, ‘Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure’ featuring characters from some of Disney Junior’s hottest stars.
According to the production’s description, now available at DisneyJuniorLiveOnTour.com, the show invites audiences to get swept up in the excitement as Sofia and her family prepare for a royal celebration that helps us all learn the true meaning of being a princess with a special appearance from Cinderella. Then it’s off to Never Land where Jake and his swashbuckling friends Izzy and Cubby, with a little help from Peter Pan, battle Captain Hook to unlock treasure hidden inside a mysterious volcano. It’s danger and dueling on the high seas as Jake discovers what it takes to be a true hero. In addition, beginning ten minutes before each show, audiences will join Doc McStuffins for a special pre-show in which audiences will Doc take care of one of her beloved toys with her own special brand of love and magic.
According to the touring schedule posted on the website, the tour will kick off on July 26, 2013 at the Johnny Mercer Theatre in Savannah, Georgia. Existing listings for the show on Ticketmaster list May 14 as the pre-sale start date for most shows.
The current list of cities listed on the website are as follows:
|Fri 7/26/2013||Savannah, GA||Johnny Mercer Theatre at Savannah Civic Center|
|Sun 7/28/2013||Fayetteville, NC||Crown Theatre|
|Fri 8/2/2013||Florence, SC||Florence Civic Center|
|Sat 8/3/2013||Greensboro, NC||War Memorial Auditorium|
|Sun 8/4/2013||Johnson City, TN||Freedom Hall|
|Fri 8/9/2013||Richmond, VA||Richmond Coliseum|
|Sat 8/10/2013||Charlottesville, VA||John Paul Jones Arena|
|Sun 8/11/2013||Salisbury, MD||Wicomico Youth and Civic Center|
|Fri 8/16/2013||Durham, NC||Durham Performing Arts Center|
|Sat 8/17/2013||Charleston, WV||Municipal Auditorium|
|Sun 8/18/2013||Wheeling, WV||WesBanco Arena|
|Fri 8/23/2013||Erie, PA||Warner Theatre|
|Sat 8/24/2013||Elmira, NY||First Arena|
|Sun 8/25/2013 – Mon 8/26/2013||Binghamton, NY||Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena|
|Thu 9/5/2013||Yakima, WA||Yakima Valley Sundome|
|Sat 9/7/2013||Salt Lake City, UT||EnergySolutions Arena|
|Sun 9/8/2013||Boise, ID||Taco Bell Arena|
|Fri 9/13/2013||San Diego, CA||Valley View Casino Center|
|Sat 9/14/2013||Fresno, CA||William Saroyan Theatre at Fresno Convention Center|
|Sun 9/15/2013||Stockton, CA||Stockton Arena|
|Sat 9/21/2013 – Sun 9/22/2013||Long Beach, CA||Terrace Theater|
|Fri 9/27/2013 – Sun 9/29/2013||Hollywood, CA||Dolby Theatre|
|Fri 10/4/2013 – Sun 10/6/2013||Las Vegas, NV||Orleans Arena|
|Wed 10/9/2013||Rio Rancho, NM||Santa Ana Star Center|
|Fri 10/11/2013 – Sat 10/12/2013||Phoenix, AZ||US Airways Center|
|Fri 10/18/2013||Moline, IL||i wireless Center|
|Sat 10/19/2013||Cedar Rapids, IA||U.S. Cellular Center|
|Sun 10/20/2013||St. Paul, MN||Xcel Energy Center|
|Mon 10/21/2013||Grand Forks, ND||Ralph Engelstad Arena|
|Fri 10/25/2013||Fort Wayne, IN||Expo Center at the Memorial Coliseum|
|Sat 10/26/2013||Youngstown, OH||Covelli Centre|
|Sun 10/27/2013||Columbus, OH||Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center|
|Fri 11/1/2013||Auburn Hills, MI||Palace of Auburn Hills|
|Sat 11/2/2013||Saginaw, MI||The Theater at the Dow Event Center|
|Sun 11/3/2013||Indianapolis, IN||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|Fri 11/8/2013||Reading, PA||Sovereign Center|
|Sat 11/9/2013||Hershey, PA||Hershey Theatre|
|Sun 11/10/2013||Wilkes Barre, PA||Mohegan Arena at Casey Plaza|
|Fri 11/15/2013||Worcester, MA||The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts|
|Sat 11/16/2013||Lowell, MA||Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell|
|Sun 11/17/2013||Syracuse, NY||The Oncenter War Memorial Arena|
|Fri 11/22/2013||Hartford, CT||XL Center|
|Sat 1/23/2013 – Sun 11/24/2013||Providence, RI||Veterans Memorial Auditorium|
|Fri 11/29/2013 – Sat 11/30/2013||New Brunswick, NJ||State Theatre|
|Sun 12/1/2013||Trenton, NJ||Sun National Bank Center|
|Fri 12/6/2013 – Sat 12/7/2013||Baltimore, MD||Lyric Opera House|
|Sun 12/8/2013||Norfolk, VA||Constant Convocation Center|
|Wed 12/11/2013||Baton Rouge, LA||Theatre for the Performing Arts|
|Thu 12/12/2013 – Fri 12/13/2013||New Orleans, LA||Lakefront Arena|
|Sun 12/15/2013||Atlanta, GA||Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre|
|Thu 12/19/2013||Lafayette, LA||The Cajundome|
|Fri 12/20/2013||Houma, LA||Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center|
|Sun 12/22/2013||Austin, TX||Frank Erwin Center|
|Mon 12/23/2013||Laredo, TX||Laredo Energy Arena|
|Thu 12/26/2013||Hidalgo, TX||State Farm Arena|
|Fri 12/27/2013 – Sat 12/28/2013||Houston, TX||Reliant Arena|
|Sun 12/29/2013||Grand Prairie, TX||Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie|
|Mon 12/30/2013||Allen, TX||Allen Event Center|
|Fri 1/3/2014 – Sat 1/4/2014||San Jose, CA||San Jose Civic Auditorium|
|Sun 1/5/2014||Oakland, CA
|Sat 2/8/2014||St. Louis, MO||Chaifetz Arena|
|Sun 2/9/2014||Des Moines, IA||Wells Fargo Arena|
|Fri 3/14/2014 – Sun 3/16/2014||Rosemont, IL||Rosemont Theatre|
|Thu 4/3/2014 – Fri 4/4/2014||Uniondale, NY||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|Sat 4/5/2014 – Sun 4/6/2014||East Rutherford, NJ||IZOD Center|
|Thu 4/10/2014 – Sun 4/13/2014||White Plains, NY||Westchester County Center|
|Thu 4/17/2014 – Sun 4/27/2014||New York City, NY||The Theater at Madison Square Garden|
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Feld Entertainment, Inc. and Marvel Entertainment, LLC announced today a groundbreaking agreement, which allows the companies to produce an unprecedented new show that brings Marvel characters and stories to life in live-action arena spectaculars. The biggest Super Hero icons in the world; including Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Avengers, and X-Men unite together in one place to defend the Earth against the threats from the most fearsome villains in the Marvel Universe.
Under the recently signed multi-year agreement, family-owned and operated Feld Entertainment will produce live Marvel touring events in the US and internationally. Launching in July 2014, a new production of Marvel character-based stories will be coupled with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial displays, martial arts and countless other show elements to bring audiences into the Marvel Universe. The production will embark on an 85-city North American tour before heading around the globe.
“This collaboration with Marvel is a tremendous milestone for our business that will give us access to some of the most iconic and revered Super Heroes ever created. It builds upon our 33-year long partnership with Disney, Marvel’s parent company,” said Feld Entertainment Chairman and CEO Kenneth Feld. “This partnership demonstrates Marvel’s confidence in Feld Entertainment to present their most admired characters in this new channel,” he added.
“We are excited to collaborate with Feld Entertainment to bring millions of our Marvel fans around the world a new and authentic way to engage with their favorite characters and villains,” said Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada. “This new live action production will bring the greatest Marvel Super Heroes from the movie screen and pages of our comic books into a spectacular live tour.
“Feld Entertainment has the experience and expertise to showcase our characters like no other company and bring them to audiences everywhere,” said Marvel Studios’ Vice President of Business Development, Sean Haran. “As the worldwide leader in live entertainment, we trust Feld Entertainment will deliver the thrilling experiences our fans expect.”
We have been talking about a staged adaptation by Disney Theatrical for nearly three years now, prior to its original incarnation at the 5th Avenue Theater in 2011. Since then, it has had several runs around the world and has consistently been edited as it continued to meet mixed reviews. Its reported lackluster performances fueled doubts when we relayed composer Alan Menken’s informal announcement last summer that it would in fact be headed for Broadway. Even after a reported leak which led to confirmation that ‘Mary Poppins’ would see its final Broadway curtain call on March 3, Disney Theatrical was slow to acknowledge that ‘Aladdin’ was waiting impatiently in the wings.
The show will feature music by Alan Menken; lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin with a book by Beguelin. Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph.
This will be the first staging of this full-length two-act ‘Aladdin.’ Nicholaw and the writers had previously collaborated on a pilot production of the musical at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in summer 2011, mounted for a limited run with the goal of trying out new material and structure. The Broadway version will be an entirely new production featuring a new script, tunestack and a wholly original design scaled to the Broadway stage and an epic story. ‘Aladdin’ will feature a full Broadway score including the five beloved songs from the film.
Aladdin will be designed by six-time Tony® winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, three-time Tony winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.
The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer and hair designer Josh Marquette. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who will also create the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.
Before it opens on Broadway in spring 2014, however, it will play in Toronto for nine weeks at the Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly the Canon) November 13, 2013 to January 12, 2014 and will open at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014.
Fans are encouraged to sign up up for email alerts at www.aladdinbroadway.com.
We had been talking about Disney Theatrical producing a musical based on Disney Animation’s Aladdin for years, so it came as little shock to us when the production became fully realized at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater in early 2011.
Since then, the show has been re-tooled and has played at various regional theaters, but it wasn’t until a special private event for members of Disney’s official fan club, Disney D23, last summer, that we had any inkling that it was destined for Broadway (in truth, we believed a touring production would be as far as the plans went).
The event featured an intimate performance by composer Alan Menken, who introduced the song ‘Proud of Your Boy’ (cut from the original animated film) as being prepped for a Broadway production — a statement we took none too lightly, considering Menken’s stature in the theatrical community.
Fast forward to yesterday, when the New York Times published this article, confirming via anonymous inside sources that ‘Aladdin’ is indeed headed to the Broadway stage, replacing Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theater.
It should be noted that there has been no official announcement from Disney Theatrical yet as they have declined to comment both on the New York Times story as well as our own.
Video courtesy of and h/t to @jellicle0
UPDATE: Via its official Facebook page, Mary Poppins has acknowledge the show will have its final performance on March 3, 2013
On November 13, 1997, Disney brought the staged, musical adaptation of its animated smash, The Lion King, to Broadway. Fifteen years later, it is now the the fifth longest-running musical in Broadway history, contains to sell out nightly and consistently has one of the top box-office intakes out of the dozens of theatrical offerings on Broadway alone.
As a thank you to the tens of millions of theater-goers who have seen the show as well as the millions more who will, Disney Theatrical has produced a free, time-limited exhibit appropriately titled ‘Inside The Lion King.’ Located at the corner of 42nd St and Sixth Ave in Manhattan, the exhibit gives visitors unprecedented access to not only ‘The Lion King,’ but the entire theatrical process. From concept design to modeling and mock-ups to fully realized costumes, the exhibit virtually makes the visitor part of the backstage experience itself. Here, photography is not only allowed, but encouraged, as is the ability to touch the costumes themselves and explore how they are constructed.
The individual displays are arranged around the exhibition by logical groupings as evidenced by the free exhibition ‘guide map’ handed out. Although the map has sections laid out in a circle, life appears to be more of a square. The map also encourages photos in particular with the Rafiki and Scar wax figures (on loan from Madam Tussauds) along with the adult Simba costume, but the truth is every step along the way is a virtual photo-op here, in particular with Zazu and Bertha, the elephant.
As guests travel around the exhibition, they’ll encounter several exhibition staff members willing to share information and enthusiasm about the musical. One of the several facts I personally heard over and over was that it takes four performers to operate Bertha [the elephant] — that’s one in each leg. In addition to the staff, there are two interactive touch-screen operated kiosks located towards the exit which offer up a wealth of information about the show across several categories.
While costumes and other artifacts make up the perimeter of the exhibit, the center portion of the room is dedicated to show merchandise — it is Disney after all. Virtually every item that can be purchased while attending the show is available to purchase here, though to be honest, the items are available through limited online channels as well. In either case, it’s a far broader offering than the limited theatrical merchandise one would find at the Disney Store in Times Square, making this a great place for a last-minute holiday gift or Christmas tree ornament. There is, however, one exclusive tshirt for the exhibit itself, offered only here. On a confusing side note, purchases seem to show up on statements as ‘Sister Act merchandise.’ From what I am told there are no discounts beyond Disney Cast Member, but there is a purchase with purchase offer: a reusable ‘The Lion King’ tote for $5 with any purchase. That said, it might be worth checking in towards the close of the exhibition just to be sure on any of the 2012. Another reason to stop by the exhibition is that tickets to the shows’ performances are being sold at the exhibit’s exit.
The exhibition will also play host to several workshops geared towards children aged six and up. For more information and for the current schedule, you can visit the official exhibition page.
‘Inside the Lion King’ is open daily from now through December 16 from 10 am – 8 pm, with limited hours on December 3 for private events. Admission is free.
Below is our gallery of images from the exhibit which represent a sample of what’s available to see hands-on, along with a video showing some of the highlights.
Disney Theatrical’s ‘Newsies’ has announced that it will be taping a performance on the morning of Friday, November 2 as part of the CBS Thanksgiving Parade special. The cast will perform ‘King of New York’ to a very lucky, intimate crowd of just 75 ‘fansies’ at the Nederlander Theatre located at 208 W 41st Street in Manhattan, between 7th and 8th Avenues.
According to the event page from their official Facebook page, the taping will occur between 10 am and 11:30 am and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis only, with lines forming at 9 am. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information on the performance, visit the official event page.
Last night, Alan Menken held an intimate performance as part of the ‘Destination D’ event at the Disneyland Resort, held by Disney D23, the official fan club of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS). After wowing the attending crowd with music from decades of his Tony, Grammy and Oscar-winning career (he holds the record for having the most Oscars (living)), he closed the show with ‘Proud of Your Boy,’ a song that was intended for the original 1992 film, but was cut due to story changes.
It was when introducing the song that Menken mentioned the musical is currently being tweaked for a Broadway run, according to reports from attendees. A new staged version of the musical was produced by Disney Theatrical and premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle last year, but no aspirations for Broadway were anywhere to be found — at best, a national tour; at worst, licensing to regional theater. Howard Ashman’s sister, Sarah, wrote about the musical on her tribute blog, Part Of Your World, and some of the changes that were incorporated into it that deviate it from the beloved animated film. In addition to ‘Proud of Your Boy,’ three other songs that were initially cut have been reinstated along: Call Me A Princess; High Adventure; and Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim, which brings along the three non-Aladdin characters with it.
After a brief run at The Muny in July, the musical is now in production at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Utah through mid-October and has managed to incorporate the use of 3D glasses for the Cave of Wonders and Genie’s ‘Friend Like Me’ song, courtesy of former Walt Disney Imagineer Geoff Puckett, according to the fan-based Aladdin Musical blog.
Still, prior to last night, there wasn’t so much as an inkling that it would soon find itself on the Great White Way. Actually, an inkling may in fact have been all there was, as a thread on Broadway World points to a cryptic message at the end of a recent video update from 5th Avenue Theatre (UPDATE – The upcoming musical in question was ‘A Christmas Story,’ so video removed):
Photo by @jellicle0
UPDATE #1 – 8/17/12 – Since there is so much interest in the article, we are now adding an audio recording from that evening’s performance in which Menken mentions the shift to Broadway. Had most anyone else said it, we would chalk it up to confusing Broadway as a generic theatrical production, but Menken probably knows the difference by now. So without further ado, here is Menken performing ‘Somebody’s Got Your Back’ and ‘Proud of Your Boy’ from Disney’s Aladdin:
As a post script, we have also received reports that employees at Tuacahn are freely talking about working closely with Disney Theatrical to bring the musical directly to Broadway.
Mickey and Minnie have searched the globe for the hippest and hottest acts to perform in the most sensational talent showcase to rock the ice, Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After. This new ice spectacular will launch a North American tour performing in more than 70 cities beginning on August 31, 2012 in Lakeland, Fla. Tickets for all 2012 engagements will go on sale July 20, 2012.
In a new twist on fairytale fun, favorite Disney characters compete to be the next superstar in comical segments leading up to the tales of show stopping princesses – Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, and Merida from Disney–Pixar’s BRAVE in her ice debut!
“The most exciting part of bringing a fearless and independent character like Merida to the ice for the first time is knowing that she has a powerful and inspiring message to deliver about finding the courage to determine one’s own fate,” says Producer Nicole Feld. “We think her story translates well to the ice and will really resonate with today’s audience.”
Produced by Feld Entertainment, Rockin’ Ever After remixes the stories of Disney’s most adventurous heroines with upbeat music and energetic choreography that will have audiences singing, dancing and cheering for their beloved Disney idols. Mickey and Minnie encounter the most talented performers in the land with an all-star lineup that includes Sebastian and the Daughters of Triton from The Little Mermaid, the rowdy pub thugs from Tangled and the spunky enchanted servants from Beauty and the Beast. The journey continues to the Scottish highlands where audiences will be captivated and star struck by Merida, as an exhilarating archery contest ensues for the right to marry the fiery redhead.
“Our challenge in developing Rockin’ Ever After was figuring out how to highlight moments from these beloved stories in a way that reflects the type of entertainment that families value today,” says Producer Juliette Feld. “By pulling elements from the talent show trend on contemporary television, we developed a truly unique way to lead into each fairytale.”
Sister producers Nicole Feld and Juliette Feld have composed their own lineup of talent to create this star studded skating extravaganza:
— Patty Vincent (Director) – Directed numerous Feld Entertainment ice and
stage shows including Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream; began her
career at Feld Entertainment as a skater 27 years ago, and has advanced
in the company to become Character Development Director for all touring
Disney On Ice and Disney Live! productions
— Jeremy Desmon (Writer) – Credits include The Girl in the Frame, If You
Give A Mouse A Cookie & Other Storybooks, Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey® Presents BARNUM BASH(SM)andDisney Live! Mickey’s Music
Festival. He received the 2007 Kleban Award for excellence in Musical
Theatre Bookwriting, and is also a recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s
Jonathan Larson Fellowship
— Cindy Stuart (Choreographer) – Collaborated with Olympic Gold Medalist
Robin Cousins on multiple projects; choreographed for Katarina Witt,
Brian Orser, World and Olympic Champions Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao, and
Olympic Champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier; lead choreographer for
several Disney On Ice productions, including Disney On Ice presents Dare
— Walt Spangler (Scenic Designer) – Created sets for theatre, opera, dance
and ice; his credits include the Broadway revival of Desire Under The
Elms, The US National Tour of A Christmas Story The Musical, Maury
Yeston’s Tom Sawyer Ballet, Kenneth Lonergan’s Medieval Play, the
upcoming world premiere of Tuck Everlasting The Musical and the upcoming
Beijing premiere of White Snake
— Cynthia Nordstrom (Costume Designer) – Designed costumes for more than
15 original dance shows in Downtown Disney; designed costumes for Disney
On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy and Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The
Best LIVE Tour Ever!
— Sam Doty (Lighting Designer) – Credits as a lighting designer include
Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show, Disney Live! Mickey’s Music
Festival, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! and
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents BARNUM BASH. He has assisted
in the building and planning of every Feld Entertainment show since 2006
in roles ranging from head electrician to lighting designer.
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The MP3 downloadable version of the original cast recording of ‘Newsies’ is now available to own for $5.99 for a limited time on Amazon.com.
The musical, which made its debut on Broadway earlier this year, is nominated for a total of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Harvey Fierstein), Best Original Score (Alan Menken, Jack Feldman), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan), Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun), Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli), Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob) and Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel).
The 2012 Tony Awards will air tonight on CBS live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City at 8 pm ET. Hosted once more by the consummate Neil Patrick Harris, the show will include a performance by the cast of ‘Newsies,’ which is now running open-ended at the Nederlander Theatre.
Thanks to @spotanime for the tip.
Disney’s limited Broadway run of its new musical ‘Newsies’ (based on the film) racked up an impressive eight Tony Award nominations including ‘Best Musical.’ The announcement was made earlier today by Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons during the annual nominations ceremony.
For the coveted title of ‘Best Musical,’ ‘Newsies’ will be competing against ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It,’ ‘Once’ and ‘Leap of Faith,’ with the latter two also having been based on films. ‘Leap’ and ‘Newsies’ also share the music composition talents of Alan Menken.
Other categories for which ‘Newsies’ received a Tony nod are: Best Book of a Musical (Harvey Fierstein), Best Original Score (Alan Menken, Jack Feldman), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan), Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun), Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli), Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob) and Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel).
Although not a Disney Theatrical production, ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ was developed by the company and based on the popular series of Peter Pan prequels by authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, also published by Disney. The play bested ‘Newsies’ by just one nomination including ‘Best Play,’ where it competes with ‘Clybourne Park,’ ‘Other Desert Cities’ and ‘Venus in Fur.’ Other nominations for the play include: Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) (Wayne Barker and Rick Elice), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Christian Borle), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Celia Keenan-Bolger), Best Direction of a Play (Roger Rees and Alex Timbers), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Donyale Werle), Best Costume Design of a Play (Paloma Young), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Jeff Croiter), Best Sound Design of a Play
(Darron L. West).
The Tony Awards will air live June 10 at 8 pm ET on the CBS Network.
Photo via ‘Newsies’ on Facebook