‘The Lion King’ to Open Productions at Shanghai Disney Resort, Mexico City

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.

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LISTEN: ‘Friend Like Me’ from Aladdin Broadway Production

'Aladdin' Original Cast RecordingWalt 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).

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Disney Theatrical Announces Lottery, Rush Tickets for Broadway Shows

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).

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PHOTOS: ‘Newsies’ Celebrates Second Anniversary with New Production Stills

Liana Hunt and Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy © Disney

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.

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ 3D Blu-Ray in October, Potentially with More Bonus Features

FROZEN Box ArtWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s confirmation of nothing to announce for the 3D Blu-ray edition of Disney’s Frozen has made fans feel as though they were left out in the cold, with many resorting to order the 3D edition from overseas, amidst fears of ‘double-dipping.’ Although there has been no official announcement, marketing materials obtained by Stitch Kingdom have indeed confirmed plans for an October 2014 release of the 3D Blu-ray/DVD release of Frozen.

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Disney ‘twenty-three’ Spring 2014 Visits Disney’s World’s Fair

Disney 'twenty-three' Spring 2014Being delivered soon to Gold Members, the spring 2014 issue of Disney twenty-three pays homage to the 1964–65 World’s Fair in New York — a time of optimism, growth, and progress. The Fair, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, marked the creation of landmark Disney technology, music, and attractions including it’s a small world, Audio-Animatronics® technology, ‘Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,’ and ‘Progressland’ /aka/ the ‘Carousel of Progress,’ with its iconic anthem, ‘There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.’ For the issue, Disney twenty-three sat down with several Disney Legends responsible for these iconic landmarks including Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, and Bob Gurr. Stunning concept art and rarely seen photography from the World’s Fair complement the stories in this issue, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23.

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‘Frozen’ the Broadway Musical Microsite Launched by Disney Theatrical

'Frozen' from Walt Disney Animation StudiosIn 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.’

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WATCH: Frozen ‘Let It Go’ Sequence in Twenty-Five Languages

'Frozen' Teaser PosterWith Oscar nominations for Best Song  under its belt, adding to the worldwide phenomenon that it’s already become, Walt Disney Studios has released the full ‘Let It Go’ sequence from Disney’s Frozen in twenty-five different languages. Presented in order, the languages are: English, French, German, Dutch, Mandarin, Swedish, Japanese, Latin American Spanish, Polish, Hungarian, Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Korean, Serbian, Cantonese, Portuguese, Bahasa Malaysia, Russian, Danish, Bulgarian, Norwegian, Thai, Canadian French and Flemish. You can find it embedded below.

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PHOTOS: ‘Frozen’ Suite at Canada’s Hotel de Glace Ice Hotel (High-Res)

'Frozen' Suite at Hotel de Glace Serving as part of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s research, particularly for the lighting, of Disney’s Frozen, Quebec City’s famed Hôtel de Glace — or Ice Hotel — has revealed the first look at its exclusive, limited Frozen-inspired suite.

Created entirely out of sculpted ice and snow and supervised by the film’s art director Michael Giaimo, the Frozen Suite is modeled after Anna & Elsa’s bedrooms. The collaboration will also include a ‘Frozen Activity Cave’ bringing the wonder of Disney’s wintry tale to life like never before. The suite will be open this weekend and remain open through March 23.

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Official: ‘Frozen’ 3D Blu-ray Domestic Release Delayed Indefinitely

UPDATE: FROZEN 3D BLU-RAY RELEASE DATE NEWS

FROZEN Box ArtIn the next (and perhaps final) turn in a maze of confusion surrounding a 3D Blu-ray release of Disney’s Frozen, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has independently confirmed to us that there are no announced plans for a 3D release at this time, reminding us that Frozen will be available on Digital 3D on February 25, as per the initial announcement.

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