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
At the age of 10, Shannon Tavarez managed to accomplish what most never could, taking on a pivotal role in one of the most popular theatrical productions in Broadway’s history, that of young Nala. Less than a year later, Shannon finds herself fighting for her life having been diagnosed with AML Leukemia, a cancer whose victims have an average age of 65.
Shannon now spends her days receiving chemotherapy treatments and acting as a spokesperson for DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow donor matching service. In Shannon’s case, finding a donor is particularly difficult because of her mother being African-American and her father is Dominican. On her quest for finding a donor, Shannon has prepared the following video for DKMS:
To begin registering yourself as a bone marrow donor, click here.
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.
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?
You might want to sit down for this one. This week has been busy on the Disney domain registration front. First we brought some very widely received news about several domains registered by Walt Disney Studios for potential upcoming projects, DreamWorks titles in the works and a possible name-change for Secretariat.
Then it’s reported that Disney Theatrical is working on a staged musical production of Dumbo. Today, we catch a glimpse of another project Disney Theatrical is apparently working on: Newsies. The 1992 Christian Bale vehicle was a major flop for the Disney Studios but eventually became somewhat of a cult hit on video.
No doubt this is going to make an awful lot of folks very, very happy if Newsies does manage to finds its way to Broadway, or the musical theater anywhere and Disney Theatrical is working hard to eliminate any doubt that either new proposed show will conduct a national tour, at least through the domain registration process.
Registered yesterday, we have: NEWSIESBROADWAY.COM, NEWSIESMUSICAL.COM, NEWSIESONTOUR.COM, NEWSIESTHEMUSICAL.COM and NEWSIESTICKETS.COM. On the Dumbo front, Disney has now registered the following domain names: DUMBOMUSICAL.COM, DUMBOONTOUR.COM DUMBOTHEMUSICAL.COM and DUMBOTICKETS.COM.
The New York Post reported earlier today that Disney Theatrical Productions is quietly working on a new Broadway musical based on the 1941 Disney animated classic Dumbo.
According to the article, Broadway director Stephen Daldry was approached for the project and was in talks prior to things breaking down and that the production company is continuing its search for a director to help bring Dumbo to the stage.
Initially meant to be released earlier this year on blu-ray, the home video release of Dumbo has been postponed to an unspecified date in 2011, which would not only help mark the film’s 70th anniversary, but would also provide some room in the bonus features for a teaser on the Broadway production should the project find its
wings ears and take flight.
This past Thursday, actress, comedienne and co-host of ABC’s The View, Whoopi Goldberg took the stage at the Minkskoff Theatre to perform in Disney’s The Liong Kingfor one night only.
The night’s special performance was introduced by Disney Theatrical president and producer Thomas Schumacher who first talked about how there have been over 10,000 shows produced in Broadway’s history and that out of those, only eight have gone on to host more than 5,000 performances and that The Lion King had just become number nine (which it did back in November). After noting that director Julie Taymor was also in the audience for the evening’s performance, Schumacher then went on to explain that the performance was being taped for The View and outlined the three cameos Goldberg would be appearing in throughout the show.
Our first look at Whoopi was as ‘Bird Lady,’ a member of the procession of animals that marches down the aisles to the stage during the opening scene in which all the animals gather for the presentation of Simba.
We next saw her as the curtain pulled back to reveal Scar in the elephant graveyard alongside his three four hyena companions: Banzai, Shenzi, Ed and.. a Shenzi clone. Goldberg, re-creating the role she had originated in the film, took the lead as Shenzi, although she appeared to stumble through some lines (which is completely understandable) and appeared to have difficulty either operating and/or remembering to operate Shenzi’s mouth, although she eventually caught on. When ceremoniously dismissed by Scar (and a bit of humorous back and forth), the Shenzi clone slowly stumbled her way off stage, but not before facing the audience and noting how hard it was.
Whoopi’s final appearance was that as Rafiki (again, being backed up by the regular cast member). This time, as the Rafikis confronted Simba, Goldberg took more of a secondary role amongst the heavily modified ‘we know your father’ dialogue. Whoopi also appeared as Rafiki later on swinging solo on a vine to deliver a few lines.
You can see some photos from the performance’s curtain call featuring Whoopi as Rafiki on BroadwayWorld.com. The segment will air on The View on Wednesday, January 20.
janD23: The Official Community for Disney Fans today unveiled a host of special events that have been designed especially for its growing worldwide membership base.
Among the exciting offerings for 2010 are exclusive D23 one-year anniversary parties at the Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort, free “50 and Fabulous” film screenings at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, and a special 40th anniversary celebration event to honor the Walt Disney Archives.
“In our first year, D23 created some truly memorable event opportunities for our members, and this year we plan to outdo ourselves with a mix of all-new events and encores of fan favorites,” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “D23 Members are going to have more opportunities than ever to be part of the Disney magic through the events we have planned in 2010, and we hope they’ll be as excited as we are to experience them alongside their fellow members.”
D23 Members will receive notification of special events and reservation times via e-mail, and all events are offered on a space-available basis. More details on events, and on becoming a D23 Member, can be found at www.disney.com/D23.