Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’, Bare Naked Ladies and More Join Next Season’s ‘The Bachelorette’ May 24

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Ali Fedotowsky, the beautiful, energetic and charismatic career-oriented woman from San Francisco is back. She has re-prioritized her life – and now is ready to find her soul mate. Ali will have her own opportunity to find true love, as the sixth edition of “The Bachelorette,” the female version of ABC’s hit romance reality series, premieres MONDAY, MAY 24 (9:02-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Ali, 25, has been a fan favorite from the moment she stepped out of the limo to meet Jake Pavelka on the last season of “The Bachelor.” She became the front-runner for Jake’s heart, but in a shocking turn of events, she was forced to make a heartbreaking choice between her dream job and continuing her relationship with Jake. Ali surprisingly chose her career – a decision she still regrets. But it’s not too late for Ali now. She’s left her home, her job, her stability behind – letting go of everything this time — to really make a life-changing commitment to put her heart first and take a second chance at finding true love.

This season’s premiere, “Episode 601,” begins with 25 eligible men arriving from all over the country to try and win Ali’s heart, including a real estate investor, a lawyer, a TV weatherman and even a professional wrestler. Each is more handsome than the next, with standout personalities. Tonight, as she returns to the mansion, nothing can prepare Ali for the lengths the guys will go to for her attention: one outdoorsman literally tries to reel her in, a hunky skier does a death-defying back flip off the limo and a one man even gets down on one knee and proposes.

Inside, the men are blown away about how incredibly gorgeous Ali looks in her slinky black dress – and the battle of the bachelors begins, as each tries to make the best first impression on the stunning Bachelorette. An aspiring writer is the first to snag some alone time with Ali, sharing his very inspiring story. One man scores some points with a sentimental scrapbook he made for her, but one clever guy steals the show and Ali’s attention with a heart-felt, hilarious song, accompanying himself on a ukulele.

The competition heats up when Chris Harrison brings out the first impression rose. A sexy Latin bachelor seizes the moment to take Ali outside and teach her some salsa steps. Another handsome suitor rips his shirt open to reveal his professional wrestler alter ego, and a rugged country guy gives Ali a beautiful hand-crafted wood necklace to make his point.

But Ali grows concerned when one of the men uses his one-on-one time to warn her – already – that there may be some men here for reasons other than love. Chris comes to the rescue as he brings in a ballot box and instructs the men to each write down the name of a guy they feel isn’t here for the right reasons. Tensions rise and tempers clash as the men size each other up and call each other out. As the men battle, Ali scoops up the first impression rose and offers it to someone who swept her off her feet. When the votes are tallied, one bachelor gets an overwhelming number of votes. But even though he is a marked man, Ali gives him some private time to convince her that his intentions are sincere. But will he have done enough to get a rose?

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Report: Whoopi Goldberg Performs One Night Only in The Lion King on Broadway

This past Thursday, actress, comedienne and co-host of ABC’s The View, Whoopi Goldberg took the stage at the Minkskoff Theatre to perform in Disney’s The Liong Kingfor one night only.

The night’s special performance was introduced by Disney Theatrical president and producer Thomas Schumacher who first talked about how there have been over 10,000 shows produced in Broadway’s history and that out of those, only eight have gone on to host more than 5,000 performances and that The Lion King had just become number nine (which it did back in November). After noting that director Julie Taymor was also in the audience for the evening’s performance, Schumacher then went on to explain that the performance was being taped for The View and outlined the three cameos Goldberg would be appearing in throughout the show.

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Whoopi Goldberg Returns to Broadway in Disney’s The Lion King for One Night Only

On this morning’s episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg announced she will be appearing in the Broadway production of The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre for one night only. During the evening performance on January 14, 2010, Goldberg will make a series of surprise cameos throughout the popular musical. Her rehearsal experience is being recorded to air as a special presentation as part of The View next week.

Goldberg is no stranger to either the stage, nor The Lion King, having originated the character of Shenzi the hyena.

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Hallmark’s Disney E-cards Debut on Hallmark.com

Disney fans can now send Hallmark e-cards that feature original scenes from their favorite Disney movies. Hallmark.com is introducing eight new Disney premium e-cards featuring scenes and characters from popular Disney films such as Bambi, Camp Rock, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Hannah Montana, Lady and the Tramp and The Lion King. The Disney premium e-cards were developed in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products.

“The e-cards featuring new and classic Disney movies are something our consumers have been asking for and we know they’ll love,” said Shelley Mathews, Hallmark e-card manager. “We think the Disney e-cards will resonate with people because they enable the sender to connect with loved ones through some of most memorable scenes from the Disney library.”

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D23 Announces Lion King Las Vegas Getaway for Two Sweepstakes

As we mentioned last month, D23 is offering its members a chance to win a 3 day/2 night stay at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for two which includes attending a performance of the Lion King musical, admission to the resort’s Shark Reef aquarium and a $100 discount on a resort cabana rental. The vacation must take place by September 30, 2009.

To enter, all you need to do is write a 300 word or less essay on why you love the Lion King. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm on June 15, 2009 and the winner will be notified by July 1.

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Tickets Now Available for D23′s Lion King Roar into Vegas Event

D23 members can now purchase tickets to the D23 Lion King Roar into Vegas event. Purchase tickets to the June 27 performance for $113.50 per ticket and receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience after the show. You’ll also get a premium seating location, complimentary admission to the Founder’s Room at the hotel’s House of Blues, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item.

Tickets will be available via will-call only and you must have your D23 card and a photo ID to claim them.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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D23 Announces Contest to Win Getaway Package to Las Vegas

More details will be announced at www.disney.com/D23 in early June, but here’s what we can tell you right now:

One D23 member and a guest will have the chance to win a 2 night stay at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort, home to Disney Theatrical’s The Lion King and being able to see the show will be just the beginning.

Get your thinking caps on because in order to run with the pack (mind the wildebeests, please), contest entrants will be asked to write an essay on why they love the Lion King (in 300 words or less).

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Disney Announces $15 Tickets to Celebrate Their 15 Years on Broadway

Disney Theatrical Productions is celebrating 15 years on Broadway by offering “$15 FOR 15″ – 15 days to purchase companion tickets for THE LITTLE MERMAID, Mary Poppins or THE LION KING for $15. Beginning at noon this Sunday, April 5 until 11:59 PM on Sunday April 19, theatre-goers will have the opportunity to buy a $15 companion ticket for all three popular Disney on Broadway shows with the purchase of a regular priced ticket to more than 125 performances throughout the spring.

“When I look back on our 15 year history, one achievement that continues to be a great source of pride is our ability to bring first-time theatre goers to Broadway,” said Thomas Schumacher, producer and president of Disney Theatrical Productions. “We’ve helped instill a love of theatre in adults and children alike, and being able to broaden that reach with an opportunity like this is profoundly gratifying.”

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