D23 Expo to Unite Musical Legends Alan Menken, Richard Sherman in Concert

Alan Menken For one night only, two of the world’s most celebrated songwriters and composers will take to the stage for ‘Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken: The Disney Songbook.’ The concert will take place at the D23 Expo 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center in the D23 Expo Arena on Saturday, August 10.

Together Sherman and Menken have won a combined 10 Academy Awards for their work with Disney, and have composed music and songs for more than three dozen Disney feature films, over two dozen Disney Park attractions and half a dozen Disney musicals on Broadway.

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‘Aladdin’ Confirmed for Broadway, Spring 2014

'Aladdin' on Broadway TeaserDisney Theatrical today officially confirmed what we have been reporting for some time — a staged musical adaptation of Aladdin is headed to Broadway for the 2014 season.

We have been talking about a staged adaptation by Disney Theatrical for nearly three years now, prior to its original incarnation at the 5th Avenue Theater in 2011. Since then, it has had several runs around the world and has consistently been edited as it continued to meet mixed reviews. Its reported lackluster performances fueled doubts when we relayed composer Alan Menken’s informal announcement last summer that it would in fact be headed for Broadway. Even after a reported leak which led to confirmation that ‘Mary Poppins’ would see its final Broadway curtain call on March 3, Disney Theatrical was slow to acknowledge that ‘Aladdin’ was waiting impatiently in the wings.

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CONFIRMED: Disney’s Aladdin is Broadway-Bound

We had been talking about Disney Theatrical producing a musical based on Disney Animation’s Aladdin for years, so it came as little shock to us when the production became fully realized at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater in early 2011.

Since then, the show has been re-tooled and has played at various regional theaters, but it wasn’t until a special private event for members of Disney’s official fan club, Disney D23, last summer, that we had any inkling that it was destined for Broadway (in truth, we believed a touring production would be as far as the plans went).

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Report: Free ‘Inside the Lion King’ Exhibit Opens in New York for Limited Time

Inside the Lion King - Giraffes, Zazu, Ostriches

On November 13, 1997, Disney brought the staged, musical adaptation of its animated smash, The Lion King, to Broadway. Fifteen years later, it is now the the fifth longest-running musical in Broadway history, contains to sell out nightly and consistently has one of the top box-office intakes out of the dozens of theatrical offerings on Broadway alone.

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New Disney Store Arrivals and Sales for November 16, 2012 (11 Items)

New Disney Store arrivals and sales for November 16, 2012

Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at Disney Store. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Disney Store in another window.

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Vinylmation Classic Collection Series Tray Vinylmation Classic Collection Series Tray- $310.80Our Classic Collection includes 3” Vinylmation figures inspired by famous characters from Walt Disney’s early films. Now you can get a sealed tray of 24 individual boxes with the entire 3” figure assortment.
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Vinylmation Classic Collection Series Figure - 3 Vinylmation Classic Collection Series Figure – 3”- $12.95Our Classic Collection includes 3” Vinylmation figures inspired by some of the famous characters featured in Walt Disney’s early black and white films, including Mickey, Minnie, ”Peg Leg” Pete, and Donald.
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Vinylmation Pixar Series Figure - 3 Vinylmation Pixar Series Figure – 3”- $12.95Bring the animated magic of Pixar to your Vinylmation collection with this series of 11 designs, plus one mystery chaser. Each 3” figure comes in a blind box so you won’t know which one you’ve gotten until you’ve opened the box!
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Vinylmation Pixar Series Tray Vinylmation Pixar Series Tray- $310.80Bring the animated magic of Pixar to your Vinylmation collection with this series of 11 known designs, plus one mystery chaser. Now you can get a sealed tray of 24 individual boxes with the entire 3” figure assortment.
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Brave Merida Tiara for Girls Brave Merida Tiara for GirlsSALE $10.15 — SAVE 38%!

Your little adventurer will shine like Scotland’s fiery heroine when she wears our glittering Merida tiara. Featuring a dangling jewel and gold glitter accents, Merida’s tiara also combs for a secure fit, ready for any brave journey.

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The Lion King: The Broadway Musical Scar Mug The Lion King: The Broadway Musical Scar MugSALE $10.00 — SAVE 35%!

Make the most of your pre-caffeine morning mood with our The Lion King: The Broadway Musical Scar Mug. Simba’s scheming uncle warns the world ”I’m surrounded by idiots!” until the fog lifts and smiles come out again.

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Walt Disney World Hoodie for Women Walt Disney World Hoodie for WomenSALE $29.99 — SAVE 50%!

Warm up the nights for theme park fun in our cute and cozy full-zippered hoodie jacket with fleece lining. Mickey and his pals, plus Walt Disney World logos and park icons form a pop art pattern highlighted by an eye-popping 2012 logo appliqué!

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Minnie Mouse Bodysuit Set for Baby Girl -- 2-Pc. Minnie Mouse Bodysuit Set for Baby Girl — 2-Pc.SALE $5.99 — SAVE 69%!

How do you spell cute? M-I-N-N-I-E. Your little one will look as adorable as Minnie in this Minnie Mouse Bodysuit Set. The two charming bodysuits are very different, but they have one thing in common: baby will look pretty in both!

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2012 Walt Disney World Tee for Girls 2012 Walt Disney World Tee for GirlsSALE $12.99 — SAVE 57%!

Another year’s coming and everyone’s looking forward to more exciting trips to Walt Disney World. Celebrate 2012 with your favorite characters as you wear this awesome tee at your favorite place in the world — Walt Disney World Resort!

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Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical -Mary Poppins Doll - 12 Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical -Mary Poppins Doll – 12”SALE $29.00 — SAVE 16%!

This collectible Mary Poppins doll shows off her sleek style in a full-length blue coat, red bag and matching black hat and umbrella.

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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items from DisneyStore.com

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Report: Alan Menken Says ‘Aladdin’ Heading to Broadway

Alan Menken performs 'Proud of Your Boy' at Disney D23 Destination DLast night, Alan Menken held an intimate performance as part of the ‘Destination D’ event at the Disneyland Resort, held by Disney D23, the official fan club of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS). After wowing the attending crowd with music from decades of his Tony, Grammy and Oscar-winning career (he holds the record for having the most Oscars (living)), he closed the show with ‘Proud of Your Boy,’ a song that was intended for the original 1992 film, but was cut due to story changes.

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Speculation: Muppets May Take Manhattan via the Broadway Stage

Disney's 'The Muppets' Title Treatment ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.It will be the quintessential example of life imitating art, but we have learned that Disney Theatrical may have intentions of bringing the Muppets to the theater with possible Broadway and national tour.

It was the third Muppet film, Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), in which Kermit the Frog wrote a musical titled ‘Manhattan Melodies’ and gained aspirations to bringing it to the Great White Way. Hilarity ensued and so did the Muppet Babies.

The speculative news comes once more via secretive domain name registrations. Amongst several new registrations are THEMUPPETSONBROADWAY.COM and THEMUPPETSONTOUR.COM. Although there is nothing in the actual registrations to tie them directly to Disney, we have reasons strong enough to report them as likely being legitimate.

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‘Newsies’ Original Cast Recording on Sale for $5.99

'Newsies' Original Cast RecordingThe MP3 downloadable version of the original cast recording of ‘Newsies’ is now available to own for $5.99 for a limited time on Amazon.com.

The musical, which made its debut on Broadway earlier this year, is nominated for a total of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Harvey Fierstein), Best Original Score (Alan Menken, Jack Feldman), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan), Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun), Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli), Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob) and Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel).

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Disney Theatrical Looks to Disney, Miramax, Tim Burton and The Beatles for Inspiration

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:

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Mary Poppins Extends Chicago Run to July 12

Broadway World is reporting that the touring production of Mary Poppins will extend its Chicago run until July 12. Tickets for performances between May 20 and July 12 will go on sale March 13. For more information, see the full article here.

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