PATENT: Disney Magic May Have ‘Frozen’ Theatergoers Flipping Their Wigs


'SELECTIVELY ACTIVATED COLOR CHANGING HAIRPIECE Disney and magic are virtually synonymous. Not only in the ethereal sense, but also when it comes to the art of illusion as performed by stage magicians for centuries. Practical illusions have found their way into countless films, television programs, theme park attractions and — especially — theatrical stage productions. The very same illusion that leaves millions of annual visitors to the Haunted Mansion mystified is actually a centuries-old theatrical effect known as Pepper’s ghost. And while it’s easy enough to produce illusions in films and television outside the reaches of the camera frame, it takes a little bit more ingenuity to have Mary Poppins pull one impossibly large object after another from a small carpet bag on stage in front of a live audience.

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Disney Theatrical’s ‘Aladdin’ Now Offers Digital Lottery

'Aladdin' Original Cast RecordingAfter a successful lunch with ‘The Lion King,’ Disney Theatrical has announced that Disneys ‘Aladdin’ will convert its in-person lottery into a digital lottery for a limited number of $30 tickets to every performance via AladdinTheMusical.com/lottery starting Monday, April 4, at 7:00pm, on the following schedule: entries will be accepted beginning at 7:00pm the day before each performance and continue up until 8:30am on the day of the performance, at which point the lottery for that performance will be closed. Participants will be notified within minutes of the lottery closing whether or not they have won. Winners will have 1 hour to pay for their tickets online by credit card. Seat locations are assigned based on availability and may not be transferred to other people or performances.

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‘Frozen’ Musical to Debut at Disney California Adventure May 27

Frozen Live at the Hyperion“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” a new musical based on Disney’s animated blockbuster film, will open at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park on May 27, 2016. Audiences will be immersed in the emotional journey of Anna and Elsa with all of the excitement of live theater, in an entertaining musical adaptation that includes elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, show-stopping production numbers and unique theatrical surprises.

“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” is based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film Frozen, which is the No. 1 animated feature of all time and among the most critically acclaimed animated films. It is the winner of two Academy Awards (2014), for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

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‘Frozen’ Broadway Musical to Play at Denver Center for Performing Arts in August 2017

Frozen, a new musical based on Disney’s Academy Award®-winning musical film and slated to join Disney hits Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway in spring 2018, will play its out-of-town tryout at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017. For information on the Denver engagement visit DenverCenter.org. 

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As previously announced, Frozen features music and lyrics by creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Up Here) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph), the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). Frozen won 2014 Oscars® for Best Song (“Let It Go”) and Best Animated Feature. 

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ to Open on Broadway in 2018; Out-of-Town Performances in 2017

'Frozen' on BroadwayFrozen, a new musical based on Disney’s Academy Award®-winning musical film, is slated to join Disney hits Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway at a theatre to be announced in spring 2018, Disney Theatrical Productions announced today on Twitter @FrozenBroadway. Sign up for email alerts at FrozenTheMusical.com.

Frozen will play its out-of-town tryout beginning in summer 2017 at a theatre to be announced.

As previously announced, Frozen features music and lyrics by creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Up Here) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph), the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). Frozen won 2014 Oscars® for Best Song (“Let It Go”) and Best Animated Feature.

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Disney Theatrical’s ‘Aladdin’ to Launch National Tour in Chicago in 2017

Disney Theatrical Productions proudly announces that Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, will launch its North American tour in Chicago. The 12-week engagement begins performances at Broadway in Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601) on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 and plays through Sunday, July 2. Future engagements and casting information will be announced in the coming months. To receive news about the Aladdin North American tour, please sign-up for email alerts at www.AladdinTheMusical.com/tour.

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LISTEN: ‘Out There’ from Disney Theatrical’s ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Cast Recording

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Original Cast RecordingDisney Theatrical and Ghostlight Records have released a preview of ‘Out There’ from the original cast recording of Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame‘ on January 22, 2016 with pre-orders now available through iTunes. Fans who pre-order the album will be able to download ‘The Bells of Notre Dame,’ ‘Out There,’ ‘Topsy Turvy Pt. 1’ and ‘Top of the World’ immediately. To pre-order the CD, which comes packaged with a 32-page booklet with full lyrics, photos, and a note from composer Alan Menken, visit http://sh-k-boom.com/hunchback-of-notre-dame. The album is produced by Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Chris Montan and Executive Producer, Kurt Deutsch.

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Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Original Cast Recording Now Available for Pre-Order with Instant Download

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Original Cast RecordingDisney Theatrical and Ghostlight Records have announced they will release the original cast recording of Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame‘ on January 22, 2016 with pre-orders now available through iTunes. Fans who pre-order the album will be able to download ‘The Bells of Notre Dame’ immediately, with three more tracks becoming available ahead of the entire album’s release. To pre-order the CD, which comes packaged with a 32-page booklet with full lyrics, photos, and a note from composer Alan Menken, visit http://sh-k-boom.com/hunchback-of-notre-dame. The album is produced by Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Chris Montan and Executive Producer, Kurt Deutsch.

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SPECULATION: ‘The Lion King’ Broadway Production to Offer Online Lottery

As we all are well aware, Disney Theatrical’s ‘The Lion King’ — now in its 18th year — is one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, having recently outperformed ‘Cats’ to take the #3 position. In addition, the show has also destroyed box office records, consistently outselling nearly selling out every performance with an average ticket price that puts most other open runs to shame. Therefore, the show has seen little reason to offer incentives many other shows — including other Disney Theatrical titles — do, such as discounted tickets through TDF, rush tickets or lottery.

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Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ to Host Free ‘The Circle of Life’ Performance on October 30, RSVP Required

In celebration of ‘The Lion King’s’ upcoming 18th anniversary, the public is invited to be a part of a packed house to cheer on the thrilling ‘Circle of Life’ as the Broadway production of ‘The Lion King’ captures its first production footage since shortly after opening in 1997. The event will be held on October 30, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (audience members are asked be present the entire time).

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