Disney Channel fan favorites Mitchel Musso (Oliver on “Hannah Montana,” Jeremy on “Phineas and Ferb”) and Doc Shaw (Marcus on “The Suite Life on Deck”) will cross over to headline their own comedy adventure series, “Pair of Kings,” premiering WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on sibling channel Disney XD. The series follows the fraternal twins who must relocate from their Chicago home to the island of Kinkow after they learn they are the rightful heirs to the throne of this odd kingdom, one filled with peculiar superstitions and customs – and one that may not be ready for two teenage kings. Disney Channel will give Musso and Shaw a royal send off with a “Pair of Kings” hour-long special, featuring the two stars in candid interstitials, on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT).
“Pair of Kings” follows Brady and Boomer, who lead a typical teenage life while being raised by their aunt and uncle in Chicago, but unbeknownst to them, they’re successors to the throne of the island of Kinkow. When Mason the Royal Advisor informs the boys of their extraordinary lineage, Brady and Boomer relocate to the island to claim their throne as joint Kings. Brady and Boomer rely on their new island friends for guidance in ruling the island filled with odd superstitions and customs. Their efforts are helped and hindered by Mason, the intimidating royal guard; Mikayla, Mason’s adorable daughter and assistant to the kings; and Lanny, their disgruntled cousin and wannabe king, who’s out to sabotage them and steal the throne.
Starring are Mitchel Musso (“Hannah Montana,” “Phineas and Ferb”) as Brady, Doc Shaw (“The Suite Life on Deck,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”) as Boomer, Kelsey Chow (Disney Channel’s “Den Brother,” “One Tree Hill”) as Mikayla, Ryan Ochoa (Disney’s “A Christmas Carol”) as Lanny, Geno Segers (touring production of Disney’s “The Lion King”) as Mason. Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”) voices the recurring role of Lanny’s fish Yamakoshi.
The series was created by and is executive-produced by Dan Cross and Dave Hoge (Disney XD’s “Aaron Stone,” “One on One”). Matt Wickline (“Frank TV,” “The Hughleys”) is the executive producer. Leo Clarke (“Frank TV,” “The Steve Harvey Show”) is the producer and Don Beck (“Reba,” “8 Simple Rules”) is the consulting producer. “Pair of Kings” is produced by It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc.
Disney Theatrical has recently placed its Classroom Education Series on its Broadway hit Mary Poppins on its official YouTube channel. The spectacular ten-part series is hosted and narrated by Gavin Creel who held the role of Bert in the original West End production in London. From co-creators Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical, and legendary theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh, to Disney Legend Richard Sherman to the cast and crew of the staged productions, the series meshes behind-the-scenes footage with archived footage, photos and more to explore the many facets of the production starting with Walt Disney acquiring the film rights from Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers.
Over an hour of of material is presented in the series in total and it’s definitely worth investing some time for anyone who’s a fan of Disney or Mary Poppins or — better yet — both! Below we have embedded the full playlist of the series beginning with Part I.
Last month, we told you about Shannon Tavarez, a former cast member of the Broadway production of Disney Theatrical’s ‘The Lion King,’ who was diagnosed with AML Leukemia at age 10. On July 23, from 10 am – 3 pm, cast and crew from the musical will be on hand hosting a bone marrow drive in Shannon’s honor at the Minkskoff Theatre in New York City, where the show performs.
For more information, see MatchShannon.com
Disney Theatrical and MyCokeRewards.com are teaming up to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for twenty winners to audition for a walk-on role during a performance of Disney Theatrical’s Mary Poppins on Broadway in New York City.
Sweepstake entrants may enter up to five times per day by redeeming 3 Coke reward points per entry or by mailing in an entry (see the contest rules for full details). Twenty entrants will be chosen at random and each receive a video camera from which they will be able to submit their entries to the Disney on Broadway contest where one entrant will win a grand prize consisting of: A three night-stay in New York City and round-trip airfare for the winner and up to three guests; three tickets to the show’s performance for the winner’s guests; hair, makeup and costume fitting for show; rehearsal with show’s creative team; and an on-stage appearance in the ‘Jolly Holiday’ number as well as the curtain call.
For more information and to enter, visit MyCokeRewards.com where you can also download a free MP3 of ‘Step in Time’ from the Broadway production.
Cast members from Disney’s THE LION KING (at Mandalay Bay) will be performing in Los Angeles at The Grove outdoor shopping and entertainment district during a free event on Friday, July 9 at 5 pm and 7 pm PT.
Performers will include Kissy Simmons, who joined the Las Vegas company after appearing as “Nala” on Broadway; Buyi Zama, a native of South Africa, who has performed as “Rafiki” in seven productions of THE LION KING around the world; and Jelani Remy as “Simba,” previously seen in the theatrical touring production of High School Musical. Join the cast as they celebrate “THE LION KING Day” at The Grove, performing iconic songs from the Broadway phenomenon such as “Circle of Life,” “Shadowland,” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Endless Night” alongside the FAME Church Choir, Los Angeles.
As part of the celebration, guests can also join in the festivities by creating their own LION KING themed mask made from recycled products with Ann Closs-Farley Designs from 3-7 PM.
For Las Vegas, Disney hand-selected an acclaimed, international cast of performers from productions of THE LION KING across the globe including Broadway, Taipei, South Africa, London, Los Angeles, Australia, Toronto, Shanghai, Paris and Holland.
The cast will also be performing during CBS’s live telecast of the Daytime Emmys on Sunday, June 27 at 8 PM ET/PT
CBS has just announced that the Las Vegas cast of Disney Theatrical’s The Lion King will perform during the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards airing live from the Las Vegas Hilton on Sunday, June 27 from 9 PM – 11 PM ET/PT. The performance joins a previously announced line-up of Vegas-based acts such as the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil and the showgirls of Jubilee. The awards show will be hosted by Regis Philbin.
Other presenters added to the previously announced line-up include Wayne Brady, Jeff Foxworthy, Vanessa Marcil and Alex Trebek. A tribute to television’s ‘American Bandstand’ and emcee Dick Clark will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and will feature Donny Osmond, Chubby Checker, Tony Orlando and cast of The Jersey Boys amongst others.
On next week’s episode of ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette,’ the Big Apple rolls out the red carpet, as the remaining 11 men begin an exciting trip around the world to capture Ali’s heart. The Bachelorette arrives in New York City before the men to participate in a fun, fabulous make-over and photo shoot for InStyle.
Seven enthusiastic bachelors visit Broadway’s long-running, landmark musical, The Lion King. The show’s producer, Thomas Schumacher, surprises the men when he tells them that they will audition on the stage for alone time with Ali. A good-natured, but intense competition ensues among the men, who attempt to sing and dance their way into Ali’s heart. In the end, Ali selects one lucky bachelor, who also will be featured with her in that night’s performance of The Lion King in front of a packed house.
ABC has released this sneak peek of the episode featuring the bachelors as they audition for the prized role in the night’s performance. Mercifully, the segment ends just before the singing portion begins.
First it was Dumbo and Newsies, now Disney Theatrical has gone on to register a slew of domain names which — at times — makes you wonder which films didn’t make the cut. Granted the registration of a domain name doesn’t guarantee the project will ever see the stage, but so far, Disney Theatrical has proved to live up to its promises which should make the staged versions of some of these choices interesting to say the least. So without further ado, on with the show:
Aladdin (AladdinOnTour.com); Alice in Wonderland (AliceInWonderlandBroadway.com, AliceInWonderlandOnBroadway.com, AliceInWonderlandOnTour.com, WonderlandOnTour.com); Calendar Girls (CalendarGirlsOnBroadway.com); Citizen Ruth (CitizenRuthOnTour.com, CitizenRuthTheMusical.com); Coyote Ugly (CoyoteUglyTheMusical.com); Father of the Bride (FatherOfTheBrideOnBroadway.com, FatherOfTheBrideOnTour.com); Flamingo Kid (FlamingoKidOnTour.com, FlamingoKidTheMusical.com); Freaky Friday (FreakyFridayOnBroadway.com, FreakyFridayOnTour.com, FreakyFridayTheMusical.com); Hunchback of Notre Dame (HunchbackOfNotreDameOnBroadway.com, HunchbackOnTour.com); Jungle Book (JungleBookTheMusical.com); Nightmare Before Christmas (?) (NightmareOnBroadway.com, NightmareOnTour.com, NightmareTheMusical.com); Pirates of the Caribbean (?) (PiratesOnBroadway.com, PiratesOnTour.com); Pollyana (PollyanaBroadway.com, PollyanaOnTour.com); Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (RomyAndMicheleOnTour.com); Shakespeare in Love (ShakespeareInLoveBroadway.com, ShakespeareInLoveOnBroadway.com, ShakespeareOnTour.com, ShakespeareTheMusical.com); Sister Act (SisterActOnTour.com), Step Up (StepUpOnBroadway.com, StepUpOnTour.com, StepUpTheMusical.com); Toy Story (ToyStoryOnBroadway.com, ToyStoryOnTour.com); Yellow Submarine (YellowSubmarineBroadway.com, YellowSubmarineOnTour.com).
It’s also worth noting that many of these projects have either already been translated to the stage including Citizen Ruth and Calendar Girls and that other projects have been known to be in the works for some time including Father of the Bride and Flamingo Kid.
Following Stan Lee’s recent appearance at Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, Stan and his company POW! Entertainment (PK: POWN) are pleased to confirm today two new exciting announcements for the company. POW! Entertainment’s project with Walt Disney Studios Time Jumper, the multi-platform digital comic book about a college student who must protect the time travel device his father invented, has been made available on the PlayStation network as of March 31. This will allow audiences around the world to access the 10 episode compilation for $9.99 and play it on their PlayStation 3 or any PlayStation portable device.
POW! Entertainment is also confirming a first ever theatre/rock opera show, which will be an original concept from Stan Lee titled The Yin and Yang Battle of Tao. The storyline for the show is currently being written, and there are more details to come.
Stan Lee had anticipated being able to make these two announcements from the press room this past weekend in Anaheim, but this was not possible following his appearance. Stan was inundated with questions and other requests from the attendees, making it impossible for him to visit the press room to make these announcements from POW! Entertainment.
Gill Champion, President of POW! Entertainment said, “We are delighted to share today these two exciting new developments from POW! Entertainment. We believe it re-enforces our commitment to being a well-rounded multimedia entertainment company. We are excited that the life cycle for Stan Lee’s Time Jumper will now expand into the gaming realm. We are also looking forward to moving into the theatre world with our own original live show.”
Stan Lee added, “Thank you to all of the fans who attended this weekend. My only disappointment was that I wasn’t able to share these two projects with all of you in person. Here’s to even greater things in the future!”
The Walt Disney Company is a minority shareholder in POW! Entertainment.
Back in January of 2009, we became aware that Disney Theatrical was working on a staged version of Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry.
More recently, however, Variety reported that there may be talks between Disney and the New York Theater Workshop to produce an Off-Broadway edition of the play in the Workshop’s 2011 season.
But now, although not as numerous as the Dumbo and Newsies projects that Disney Theatrical has confessed to, domain names have been registered for the Peter and the Starcatchers play and some of them have their sights aimed pretty high including a touring production.
The new domains that you will no longer be able to get your hands on include: PETERANDTHESTARCATCHERSONBROADWAY.COM, PETERANDTHESTARCATCHERSONSTAGE.COM, PETERANDTHESTARCATCHERSONTOUR.COM, PETERANDTHESTARCATCHERSTHEPLAY.COM, STARCATCHERSONBROADWAY.COM, STARCATCHERSONSTAGE.COM, STARCATCHERSONTOUR.COM, STARCATCHERSTHEPLAY.COM
Could a Kingdom Keepers musical be far behind?