Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ to Host Free ‘The Circle of Life’ Performance on October 30, RSVP Required


In celebration of ‘The Lion King’s’ upcoming 18th anniversary, the public is invited to be a part of a packed house to cheer on the thrilling ‘Circle of Life’ as the Broadway production of ‘The Lion King’ captures its first production footage since shortly after opening in 1997. The event will be held on October 30, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (audience members are asked be present the entire time).

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PHOTOS: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Cast Recording Session, Available January 2016

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Disney Theatrical has provided us with some photos taken during the American Premiere Studio Cast Recording of Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ staged musical. The session took place at the historic Avatar Studios, September 28 – 30, under the guidance of theatrical legends and collaborators Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken.

The American Premiere Studio Cast Recording of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, was recorded at the historic Avatar Studios from September 28-30. The album will be released by Ghostlight Records in January and will be available for pre-order on iTunes beginning December 4, 2015.

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‘Frozen’ Musical for California Adventure to be Workshopped in December; Opens Spring 2016

FrozenAccording to a newly published casting call, Disney Creative Entertainment’s production of the staged musical adaptation of Frozen will be workshopped in Anaheim between November 30 and December 19, 2015 with the initial casting session to take place in New York City on October 16.

The recently-announced production will replace ‘Aladdin’ which will end its 13 year run on January 10, 2016 and it appears DCE — a branch of Walt Disney Imagineering — is looking to replace the current production — often considered Broadway-caliber fare — with a well-pedigreed production worthy of taking its place. According to the casting notice, Liesl Tommy is set to direct (Tommy just came off an off-Broadway production titled ‘Eclipse’ starring Lupita Nyong’o) and Millicent Johnnie is set to choreograph.

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D23 EXPO: Disney Theatrical to Present ‘The Originals’ Concert Hosted by James Iglehart

Following the incredibly warm and rousing reception from D23 EXPO fans in 2013, Disney Theatrical Productions is thrilled to announce a new concert presented exclusively for this year’s D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center entitled Disney on Broadway’s ‘The Originals.’ In anticipation of high fan-demand, two performances of the concert will be presented on Saturday, August 15th at 11am and at 2pm in Stage 23.

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WATCH: ‘Into The Woods’ Bonus Features ‘Easter Eggs’ and ‘Cinderella and the Prince’

Into the Woods on Blu-rayWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released two new clips from one of the bonus features for the Blu-ray and digital release of Into the Woods, available to own on March 24, 2015 (now available for pre-order). The first clip features many of the ‘Easter Eggs’ featured on the Blu-ray, while the second is is presumably from ‘The Cast as Good as Gold’ and touches upon Cinderella and the Prince.

Additional bonus features are as follows:

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WATCH: ‘Into The Woods’ Bonus Feature Clip, ‘The Woods’

Into the Woods on Blu-rayWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released a new clip from one of the bonus features for the Blu-ray and digital release of Into the Woods, available to own on March 24, 2015 (now available for pre-order). The clip is presumably from the bonus feature titled ‘There’s Something About the Woods’

Additional bonus features are as follows:

  • Streep Sings Sondheim – ‘She’ll Be Back’ (4:35) – Meryl Streep performs a compelling new song that sheds a little more light on the Witch’s relationship with Rapunzel. This never-before- seen composition was penned especially for this movie by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and is seen here exclusively on Blu-ray and EHV. With introduction by Director Rob Marshall.

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WATCH: ‘Into The Woods’ Bonus Feature Clip Featuring Anna Kendrick

Into the Woods on Blu-rayWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released a new clip from one of the bonus features for the Blu-ray and digital release of Into the Woods, available to own on March 24, 2015 (now available for pre-order). The clip, from the bonus feature titled ‘The Cast as Good as Gold’ features Anna Kendrick discussing working on the film.

Additional bonus features are as follows:

  • Streep Sings Sondheim – ‘She’ll Be Back’ (4:35) – Meryl Streep performs a compelling new song that sheds a little more light on the Witch’s relationship with Rapunzel. This never-before- seen composition was penned especially for this movie by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and is seen here exclusively on Blu-ray and EHV. With introduction by Director Rob Marshall.

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WATCH: ‘Frozen Fever’ ‘Making Today A Perfect Day’ Lyric Video

'Frozen Fever'Walt Disney Music and Vevo have released a lyric music video for ‘Making Today A Perfect Day’ by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez from Disney’s newest animated short, Frozen Fever, which you can find embedded below. The song is also available digitally for purchase from iTunes and Amazon. Those who purchased the physical CD of the original motion picture soundtrack to Cinderella can also download the song free of charge with the provided code.

In Frozen Fever, it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.

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WATCH: ‘Into The Woods’ ‘The Cast As Good As Gold’ Bonus Feature Clip

Into the Woods on Blu-rayWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released a new clip from one of the bonus features for the Blu-ray and digital release of Into the Woods, available to own on March 24, 2015 (now available for pre-order). The clip, from the bonus feature titled ‘The Cast as Good as Gold’ features Meryl Streep, James Corden and Anna Kendrick discussing working on the film.

Additional bonus features are as follows:

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‘Frozen Fever’ Original Song, ‘Making Today A Perfect Day’ Now Available on iTunes for Purchase

'Frozen Fever'With what appears to be a decision reversal for Disney Music, the original song composed for Frozen Short by Oscar winning couple Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, ‘Making Today A Perfect Day’ is now available for purchase as a single from iTunes. Those who purchased the physical CD of the original motion picture soundtrack to Cinderella can also download the song free of charge with the provided code.

We sincerely apologize for earlier reports from us which explicitly suggested that this would not be the case and that the Cinderella soundtrack would be the only way to obtain the new Frozen Fever tune for the foreseeable future, but this was based on information that we were provided directly from Disney Music.

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