‘Newsies!’ Musical Tickets Pre-Sale Announced

Newsies! the MusicalFrom now through June 12, Disney fans are invited to order tickets to the new musical making its theatrical debut at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey on September 15. Those taking advantage of the pre-sale can also save an additional 10% by using code FBDISNEY either online or by calling 973-376-4343.

Directed by Jeff Calhoun and with a book written by Harvey Fierstein, the musical also features songs by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman who collaborated for the stage adaptation.

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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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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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Disney Theatrical’s Practically Perfect ‘Mary Poppins’ Classroom Education Series Now on YouTube

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.

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Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ to Sponsor Marrow Drive for Former Child Cast Member

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

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MyCokeRewards and Disney Theatrical Giving Away ‘Mary Poppins’ Walk-on Role

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.

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Las Vegas Cast of ‘The Lion King’ to Offer Free Performances July 9 at LA’s The Grove

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.

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Former Star of Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ Fights for Life at Age 11

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:

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Cast of ‘The Lion King’ Las Vegas to Perform During 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards

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.

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Sneak Peek: ‘The Bachelorette’ Hits the Broadway Stage with Disney’s ‘The Lion King’

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.

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