CONFIRMED: ‘Newsies’ Headed to Broadway for Limited Engagement

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Newsies on Broadway teaserWe first talked about it way back in March of 2010, but today we have confirmation that Disney’s ‘Newsies’ from Disney Theatrical is in fact heading to Broadway in 2012 for a limited run. According to the official website, NEWSIESTHEMUSICAL.COM, the show will be playing at the Nederlander Theatre from March 15, 2012 through June 10, 2012. Tickets for the show will go on sale January 30, 2012 at 10 am.

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Disney Theatrical Opens Shop at New York’s FAO Schwarz

Disney Theatrical Kiosk at FAO SchwarzFans of Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘The Lion King’ musical have a new destination to pick up some of its merchandise as Disney Theatrical has brought a taste of Broadway to Fifth Avenue. Just a couple of days ago, the group set up a kiosk pushing much of the merchandise one would typically only find when attending the shows (although Disney Store Times Square does sell some Disney Theatrical merchandise, the kiosk at FAO appears to have several items Disney Store does not).

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Photos/Video: ‘Newsies’ Musical on ABC’s ‘The View'; Exclusive Merchandise Available

Newsies on The View (ABC/Donna Svennevik)

It’s been well over a year since we first mentioned that a staged adaptation of the Walt Disney Studios cult classic Newsies was on its way, but last week saw the first performance of the newly adapted musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Featuring a new book by Harvey Fierstein and new songs by the original team of Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, the show has been delighting audiences to rave reviews and has an official opening date of September 25, 2011.

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‘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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