PHOTO: Paula Abdul Seizes The Promise of a New Day with Disney’s ‘Newsies’


L to R: Sky Flaherty, Paula Abdul, Michael Dameski, Daniel SwitzerDisney Theatrical has released this photo of music legend Paula Abdul visiting the touring cast of Disney’s ‘Newsies’ after a performance at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Saturday, May 28.

Pictured alongside Abdul are cast members Sky Flaherty, Michael Dameski and Daniel Switzer. Dameski, a ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Australia winner, is managed by Abdul.

 

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Disney Theatrical’s ‘Aladdin’ Now Offers Digital Lottery

'Aladdin' Original Cast RecordingAfter a successful lunch with ‘The Lion King,’ Disney Theatrical has announced that Disneys ‘Aladdin’ will convert its in-person lottery into a digital lottery for a limited number of $30 tickets to every performance via AladdinTheMusical.com/lottery starting Monday, April 4, at 7:00pm, on the following schedule: entries will be accepted beginning at 7:00pm the day before each performance and continue up until 8:30am on the day of the performance, at which point the lottery for that performance will be closed. Participants will be notified within minutes of the lottery closing whether or not they have won. Winners will have 1 hour to pay for their tickets online by credit card. Seat locations are assigned based on availability and may not be transferred to other people or performances.

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‘Frozen’ Broadway Musical to Play at Denver Center for Performing Arts in August 2017

Frozen, a new musical based on Disney’s Academy Award®-winning musical film and slated to join Disney hits Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway in spring 2018, will play its out-of-town tryout at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017. For information on the Denver engagement visit DenverCenter.org. 

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As previously announced, Frozen features music and lyrics by creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Up Here) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph), the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). Frozen won 2014 Oscars® for Best Song (“Let It Go”) and Best Animated Feature. 

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ to Open on Broadway in 2018; Out-of-Town Performances in 2017

'Frozen' on BroadwayFrozen, a new musical based on Disney’s Academy Award®-winning musical film, is slated to join Disney hits Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway at a theatre to be announced in spring 2018, Disney Theatrical Productions announced today on Twitter @FrozenBroadway. Sign up for email alerts at FrozenTheMusical.com.

Frozen will play its out-of-town tryout beginning in summer 2017 at a theatre to be announced.

As previously announced, Frozen features music and lyrics by creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Up Here) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph), the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). Frozen won 2014 Oscars® for Best Song (“Let It Go”) and Best Animated Feature.

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Disney Theatrical’s ‘Aladdin’ to Launch National Tour in Chicago in 2017

Disney Theatrical Productions proudly announces that Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, will launch its North American tour in Chicago. The 12-week engagement begins performances at Broadway in Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601) on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 and plays through Sunday, July 2. Future engagements and casting information will be announced in the coming months. To receive news about the Aladdin North American tour, please sign-up for email alerts at www.AladdinTheMusical.com/tour.

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LISTEN: ‘Out There’ from Disney Theatrical’s ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Cast Recording

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Original Cast RecordingDisney Theatrical and Ghostlight Records have released a preview of ‘Out There’ from the original cast recording of Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame‘ on January 22, 2016 with pre-orders now available through iTunes. Fans who pre-order the album will be able to download ‘The Bells of Notre Dame,’ ‘Out There,’ ‘Topsy Turvy Pt. 1’ and ‘Top of the World’ immediately. To pre-order the CD, which comes packaged with a 32-page booklet with full lyrics, photos, and a note from composer Alan Menken, visit http://sh-k-boom.com/hunchback-of-notre-dame. The album is produced by Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Chris Montan and Executive Producer, Kurt Deutsch.

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Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Original Cast Recording Now Available for Pre-Order with Instant Download

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Original Cast RecordingDisney Theatrical and Ghostlight Records have announced they will release the original cast recording of Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame‘ on January 22, 2016 with pre-orders now available through iTunes. Fans who pre-order the album will be able to download ‘The Bells of Notre Dame’ immediately, with three more tracks becoming available ahead of the entire album’s release. To pre-order the CD, which comes packaged with a 32-page booklet with full lyrics, photos, and a note from composer Alan Menken, visit http://sh-k-boom.com/hunchback-of-notre-dame. The album is produced by Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Chris Montan and Executive Producer, Kurt Deutsch.

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PBS to Broadcast ‘Richard M. Sherman: Songs of a Lifetime’ in Limited Markets

Juliana Hansen & Richard Sherman‘Richard M. Sherman: Songs of a Lifetime,’ a showcase of the accomplished composer/lyricist, highlighting 60 years of popular songs, including those written with his late brother, Robert B. Sherman, will make its television debut on PBS SoCal, Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 pm PST. It is expected to run in other major markets as well, though dates have yet to be announced. The tribute is a one-hour studio performance with Sherman at the piano telling tales behind the music, singing songs and performing with friends: Broadway star Ashley Brown, acclaimed stage performers Juliana Hansen and Wesley Alfvin and The Barbershop Quartet (Jim Campbell, Jon Schoenherz, Drew Tablak and Wesley Alfvin ).

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Disney Announces Casting Roles for ‘Frozen’ Musical for Theme Park

FrozenEarlier this year, we shared news that Imagineering’s Disney Creative Entertainment (DCE) division had made plans to workshop the upcoming staged production of ‘Frozen,’ which is set to replace ‘Aladdin’ at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theatre in spring of 2016.

Casting calls have now been published for the production itself, which will be directed by stage veteran Liesl Tommy. The roles, descriptions and requirements are as follows:

  • Elsa: Princess who becomes Queen; fearfully plagued by powers she hasn’t yet learned to control; lives a life of isolation separated from society and those she loves, including her sister. All Ethnicities. Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano; mix/belt

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SPECULATION: ‘The Lion King’ Broadway Production to Offer Online Lottery

As we all are well aware, Disney Theatrical’s ‘The Lion King’ — now in its 18th year — is one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, having recently outperformed ‘Cats’ to take the #3 position. In addition, the show has also destroyed box office records, consistently outselling nearly selling out every performance with an average ticket price that puts most other open runs to shame. Therefore, the show has seen little reason to offer incentives many other shows — including other Disney Theatrical titles — do, such as discounted tickets through TDF, rush tickets or lottery.

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