Disney Theatrical Productions has announced that it will be bringing two brand-new productions of its long-running Broadway smash musical, ‘The Lion King’ to both the Shanghai Disney Resort and Mexico City, in partnership with Disney Parks and Resorts and OCESA respectively. The announcement was made today by Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. The two productions will be the 23rd and 24th mounted around the world since the show’s Broadway debut in 1997.
The New York Times has reported that Disney On Ice, under license of Disney Theatrical, will be debuting ‘Disney On Ice Presents Frozen which will tour North America later this year. The show’s official description, as shown on the official site is as follows:
Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including ‘Let It Go,’ ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’ and ‘Fixer Upper.’ Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!
Walt Disney Records and Disney Theatrical have released the original cast recording of ‘Friend Like Me’ as performed by Tony Award nominee James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie in the Broadway musical’s showstopping number. You can hear the song in its entirety embedded below.
In addition to Iglehart’s nomination, the show was also nominated for four other awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Chad Beguelin), Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Begeulin) and Best Choreography (Casey Nicholaw).
Earlier today, Disney Theatrical announced that it will be offering same-day ticket programs for both ‘Newsies’ as well as its newest Broadway family member, ‘Aladdin.’
Beginning two and a half hours before each performance, patrons can sign up to enter a lottery drawing for ‘Aladdin’ tickets which will be held two hours before showtime at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W 42nd Street). Winners will be able to purchase up to two tickets each for $30 each ticket (cash only).
Tomorrow, March 29, 2014, ‘Newsies’ will celebrate its second anniversary on Broadway. Originally scheduled for just 101 performances, demand from audiences has kept it running strong to its 900th performance. To commemorate the event, Disney Theatrical has provided us with new stills from the production by photographer Matthew Murphy, which you can find in our gallery embedded below. The stills feature cast members Liana Hunt (Katherine), Corey Cott (Jack Kelly), Iain Young, Hogan Fulton and Jacob Guzman.
In the wake of CEO Robert Iger’s declaration that ‘Disney’s Frozen will be heading to Broadway’ during a recent earnings conference call, Disney Theatrical — the stage production arm of Walt Disney Studios — has erected a microsite for the production currently under development.
That said, there is nothing particularly noteworthy for the site which can be found at FrozenTheMusical.com (FrozenMusical.com, FrozenOnStage.com, FrozenOnBroadway.com and FrozenBroadway.com now all redirect to it). There site visitors will simply see a form to provide their email address for updates on the ‘stage adaptation.. as it becomes available.’
The Golden Globes that Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen took home last night for Best Animated Feature was still warm when news that Disney Theatrical was prepping to head to the Broadway stage by way of Fortune.com. The article, which spoke of the film’s momentum, does use the term ‘Broadway’ twice (once in the headline), but never directly attributes it to Bob Iger, the CEO and Chairman of The Walt Disney Company.
Disney Theatrical today confirmed a report by Stitch Kingdom made just two days ago: the staged adaptation of ‘Shakespeare in Love’ will in fact be making its theatrical debut in summer of 2014 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London.
Contrary to previous reports, however (and none that originated from Stitch Kingdom), the adaptation of the Miramax film is credited to Lee Hall. It will be directed by Declan Donnellan and is being presented as a co-production between Disney Theatrical and Sonia Friedman Productions.
We first spoke of Disney Theatrical’s intent to develop the Miramax film Shakespeare in Love into a staged production exclusively back in early 2010. News of the production — along with several others we had talked about — has since been confirmed back in 2011 with word that Tom Stoppard would be adopting it for the stage, but little on the project can be found since.
We now believe that news of the production, which will make its debut in London (prior to Disney’s goal of bringing it to the Broadway stage), is likely to start in early 2014 with news of its staging imminent.
Nearly a year ago, we speculated that Disney Theatrical may have been working on creating a staged production involving the Muppets. Fast forward to last month (via today) and Variety is reporting that Disney Theatrical has in fact taken steps towards making it a reality.
According to the article, a fifteen minute segment was produced last month at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the future home of ‘Aladdin’ — another story we helped to break.
The article quotes Disney Theatrical head Thomas Schumacher as acknowledging the move, qualifying it was effectively a proof of concept to see if something more substantial would be feasible. It goes on to quote Schumacher as being ‘intrigued’ by the potential of bringing the Muppets to the stage.