Speculation: ‘Newsies’ Stage Musical Heading to Disney Parks in 2011

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Sometimes we manage to weave a tale so peculiar and convoluted that we can barely believe it ourselves. This is one of them.

Enter the 1992 cult-classic Disney musical, Newsies. Back in March of 2010, we first reported about Disney Theatrical working on a staged adaptation of the film, purportedly destined for Broadway. This was later confirmed to be true and announced earlier this year that the musical would premiere this fall at the Paper Mill Playhouse (September 15 – October 16, to be exact).

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Disney On Ice to Revive ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Show

Shortly after our pre-announcement of the Phineas and Ferb Live! Tour, Exceutive VP Nicole Feld of Feld Entertainment (the producers of Disney Live! and Disney On Ice touring shows), offered us her appreciation on Twitter and also clued us in on an upcoming Disney On Ice announcement.

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Although the announcement still has yet to be made, both the Disney Live! and Disney On Ice Facebook pages recently teased the following:

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Disney to Launch ‘Phineas and Ferb Live! on Tour’ in August; Tickets on Sale Friday

Phineas and Ferb Live! on TourThere’s 104 days of summer vacation and this year, Phineas and Ferb will be taking advantage of every single one as they tour the country in their very own stage show, produced by Feld Entertainment, who produce other Disney Live! productions including the Disney on Ice shows.

To support the show, Disney has created PhineasAndFerbOnTour.com (as well as PhineasAndFerbLive.com and  PhineasAndFerbOnStage.com).

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Photos: ‘Disney’s Believe’ and ‘Golden Mickeys’ Additions on Disney Dream

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A friend of Stitch Kingdom, who has had the blessed opportunity to sail upon the Disney Dream prior to its inaugural launch on January 26, has provided us with several photos from the ship’s entertainment offerings.

First up is cruiser favorite the ‘Golden Mickeys’ which has received enhancements that are exclusive to the new ship. A whole new segment featuring Ariel and her friends from The Little Mermaid in an under the sea aerial ballet adventure. Also added to the show is Disney’s newest princess, Rapunzel, from Disney’s Tangled, who joins beau Flynn Rider in a faithful re-creation of the romantic boat ride scene. Also promised to the lineup is a Beast who transforms from creature to prince right in front of the audience’s eyes in the Beauty and the Beast segment.

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Disney Theatrical to Debut New ‘Aladdin’ Musical in Seattle This Summer

Last week, the Seattle Times reported that the 5th Avenue Theatre had opted to postpone its planned production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! this July in favor of the world premiere of a new staged musical version of Aladdin by Disney Theatrical.

Additional reports today confirm the premiere of the musical, but little additional information has been offered other than it’s an all new book written by Chad Beguelin and will be directed and choreographed by Case Nicholaw.

The show will consist of songs from the 1992 film in addition to a new song written by Alan Menken and songs by Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice that were intended for the original film but didn’t make it in.

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Details for Final ‘ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Event Announced

“All My Children” stars Walt Willey and Bobbie Eakes will co-host the Grand Finale Celebration of “ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares” in New York City on March 13, 2011. Mr. Willey and Ms. Eakes have been part of the benefit since the very first production in celebration of “All My Children’s” 35th anniversary show. Cameron Mathison had previously been announced as host but is now unable to travel to New York due to a scheduling conflict.

Following last year’s rousing musical performance of her rendition of the Tina Turner classic, “Proud Mary,” Sherri Shepherd, co-host of “The View,” returns to the Broadway stage at the 7th annual event. Her headlining number will no doubt bring the audience to their feet once again.

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D23 Members Can Save Over 40% off ‘Mary Poppins’ on Broadway Thru April 17, 2011

Now through April 17, 2011, D23 Members can enjoy significant savings when seeing the Disney Theatrical production of Mary Poppins on Broadway. Now in its fifth phenomenal year at the beautiful New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street, Mary Poppins has astonished over 6 million people with its own brand of pure Broadway magic.

Featuring the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stagecraft, Mary Poppins is everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show! So get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gives four out of four stars and calls “a perfect piece of musical theater.”

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Time Warner Cable Offers Disney Channel on Demand Free to Disney Channel Subscribers

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) today announced the launch of Disney Channel On Demand and Disney Channel En Español On Demand. Digital TV customers that receive Disney Channel can now enjoy even more programming, in both English and Spanish, at no additional cost. This free On Demand offering will feature programs from current and previous seasons on the Disney Channel. Disney Channel On Demand and Disney Channel En Español On Demand will be available on the Kids On Demand channel. In addition, Disney Channel En Español On Demand will also be available on Lo Mejor On Demand, Time Warner Cable’s Spanish language On Demand channel.

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Final ‘ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ to Take Place March 13 in New York City

The curtain will rise one last time in New York City on March 13, 2011 in celebration of seven glorious years of the musical celebration benefit “ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.” The event, which to date has raised over $1.6 million, will feature stars from ABC’s “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” “General Hospital” and “The View” who’ll join together in song and dance on Broadway for this final New York City-based gala concert in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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Video: Cast of ‘Mary Poppins’ Performs on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

In case you missed it on last night’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ results show, or just want to re-live the magic all over again, ABC has released this clip from the show featuring the full Macy’s Stars of Dance performance of ‘Step in Time’ from the Broadway production of Mary Poppins featuring the touring cast.

In addition, ABC has also released this backstage clip in which Caroline Sheen (Mary Poppins), Nicolas Dromard (Bert) and Associate Director Anthony Lyn talk about adapting the musical number for the national televised stage.

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