Being 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.
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.’
With 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.
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.
In 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.
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.
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
Disney’s Into the Woods kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical Chicago and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics — including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. Into the Woods is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, ‘Wicked’ producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. Shooting in studio and on location throughout England, the film is slated for a December 25, 2014, holiday release.