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Earlier today, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 57th annual Grammy Awards, which will be televised live on the CBS Network on February 8, 2015 at 8 pm ET. To be considered eligible for the 2014 award season, songs and albums must have been released between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.

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WATCH: ‘Backstage with Disney on Broadway’ ABC Special Adds Darren Cris, Elton John, Toni Braxton and More

ASHLEY BROWN (ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua)Disney Theatrical has announced that ‘Glee’ alum Darren Criss, Toni Braxton, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell has joined the already all-star cast that will be featured on the upcoming ‘Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years’ special airing on the ABC Network on Sunday, December 14 at 7:00 pm ET/PT. According to an announcement by Criss via video (seen below), he will be performing alongside Elton John.

The newly announced talent joins a wealth of theatrical talent including host Jesse Tyler Ferguso and musical performances from Sir Elton John, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen, Ashley Brown (‘Mary Poppins’) and Adam Jacobs (‘Aladdin’). Braxton once starred in the Broadway production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as Belle.

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Disney Theatrical Announces Unprecedented Ticket Exchange Program

Most of the time, when you are planning to attend a Broadway event and have already purchased your tickets, you are out of luck if you are unable to attend the performance. Today, Disney Theatrical announced it is introducing an unprecedented ticket exchange program for those planning on attending performances of ‘Aladdin’ or ‘The Lion King.’ The new policy allows ticketholders for Disney’s Broadway shows — in advance and for any reason whatsoever — to change the date they see the show at any time up until two hours in advance of their scheduled performance. There is no limit to the number of times the tickets may be exchanged. Tickets must be exchanged at the original point of purchase via the Disney on Broadway Hotline, Ticketmaster (phone and web) or in-person at the respective show box offices (New Amsterdam and Minskoff Theatres), and a modest exchange fee of $12 per ticket applies. This service is available only to guests of Disney’s New York City productions of Aladdin and The Lion King, and the exchange may be made only for another performance of the production originally purchased. Specific terms and conditions follow.

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‘The Lion King’ to Open Productions at Shanghai Disney Resort, Mexico City

Disney Theatrical Productions has announced that it will be bringing two brand-new productions of its long-running Broadway smash musical, ‘The Lion King’ to both the Shanghai Disney Resort and Mexico City, in partnership with Disney Parks and Resorts and OCESA respectively. The announcement was made today by Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. The two productions will be the 23rd and 24th mounted around the world since the show’s Broadway debut in 1997.

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LISTEN: ‘Friend Like Me’ from Aladdin Broadway Production

'Aladdin' Original Cast RecordingWalt Disney Records and Disney Theatrical have released the original cast recording of ‘Friend Like Me’ as performed by Tony Award nominee James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie in the Broadway musical’s showstopping number. You can hear the song in its entirety embedded below.

In addition to Iglehart’s nomination, the show was also nominated for four other awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Chad Beguelin), Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Begeulin) and Best Choreography (Casey Nicholaw).

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‘Shakespeare in Love’ Cast Announced; Performances Begin July 2 in London

In honor of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Disney Theatrical and Sonia Friedman Productions today announced its initial cast for ‘Shakespeare in Love’ which begins performances on July 2, 2014 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London with an opening date of July 23.

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Disney Theatrical Announces Lottery, Rush Tickets for Broadway Shows

Earlier today, Disney Theatrical announced that it will be offering same-day ticket programs for both ‘Newsies’ as well as its newest Broadway family member, ‘Aladdin.’

Beginning two and a half hours before each performance, patrons can sign up to enter a lottery drawing for ‘Aladdin’ tickets which will be held two hours before showtime at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W 42nd Street). Winners will be able to purchase up to two tickets each for $30 each ticket (cash only).

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PHOTOS: ‘Newsies’ Celebrates Second Anniversary with New Production Stills

Liana Hunt and Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy © Disney

Tomorrow, March 29, 2014, ‘Newsies’ will celebrate its second anniversary on Broadway. Originally scheduled for just 101 performances, demand from audiences has kept it running strong to its 900th performance. To commemorate the event, Disney Theatrical has provided us with new stills from the production by photographer Matthew Murphy, which you can find in our gallery embedded below. The stills feature cast members Liana Hunt (Katherine), Corey Cott (Jack Kelly), Iain Young, Hogan Fulton and Jacob Guzman.

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CONFIRMED: ‘Muppets on Broadway’ in Disney Theatrical’s Sights

Nearly a year ago, we speculated that Disney Theatrical may have been working on creating a staged production involving the Muppets. Fast forward to last month (via today) and Variety is reporting that Disney Theatrical has in fact taken steps towards making it a reality.

According to the article, a fifteen minute segment was produced last month at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the future home of ‘Aladdin’ — another story we helped to break.

The article quotes Disney Theatrical head Thomas Schumacher as acknowledging the move, qualifying it was effectively a proof of concept to see if something more substantial would be feasible. It goes on to quote Schumacher as being ‘intrigued’ by the potential of bringing the Muppets to the stage.

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New Disney Store Arrivals for June 3, 2013 (48 Items)

New Disney Store arrivals and sales for June 3, 2013 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. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.

Newsies: The Broadway Musical Tote Newsies: The Broadway Musical Tote – $25.95Read all about Disney’s red hot production of Newsies: The Broadway Musical on our tabloid-style tote. Clever design presents all the headlines from the hit show in a period newspaper design on a satin covered handbag.
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Disney Cruise Line Rolling Duffle Disney Cruise Line Rolling Duffle – $19.95Keep holiday memories rolling along with this Disney Cruise Line Duffle. Featuring wheels and retractable handle, this spacious and versatile luggage is perfect for weekend getaways or your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.
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Monsters University Sheet Set Monsters University Sheet Set – $29.95Transform their room into a dorm with this Monsters University Sheet Set. Students Sulley and Mike spend all their time hanging out on this bright, fun bedding that will make it the coolest pad on campus.
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Mickey Mouse Polo Shirt for Men by Nike Golf Mickey Mouse Polo Shirt for Men by Nike Golf – $49.95You’ll always have more fun when you play a round with Mickey. Even under pressure, you’ll keep your cool with this Mickey Mouse Polo Shirt by Nike Golf, made with all-over mesh Dri-FIT fabric to help wick away sweat.
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Mickey Mouse Peek-A-Boo Hoodie for Adults - Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Peek-A-Boo Hoodie for Adults – Walt Disney World – $44.95Mickey’s smiling face bursts from the front of this hooded sweatshirt to welcome you to Walt Disney World. The back completes the amusing illusion as Mickey pushes his head through for a peek-a-boo greeting!
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Sorcerer Mickey Giclée Sorcerer by Natalie Kennedy - Disneyland Sorcerer Mickey Giclée ”Sorcerer” by Natalie Kennedy – Disneyland – $120.00Sorcerer Mickey celebrates 2013 and The Happiest Place on Earth in this striking duotone. Available in a variety of formats, ”Sorcerer” captures artist Natalie Kennedy’s creative use of color and type for a print to grace any home.
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Newsies: The Broadway Musical Keychain Newsies: The Broadway Musical Keychain – $10.95Deliver the goods from Disney’s red hot production of Newsies: The Broadway Musical with our souvenir split ring keychain featuring four sparkling charms inspired by the hit stage show.
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Avengers Assemble Comforter Avengers Assemble Comforter – $59.95He’ll be able to rest easy knowing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are protecting them. Thor, Captain America and Iron Man are together as Marvel’s Avengers assemble on this comforter that will make every bedtime an adventure.
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Grumpy Golf Towel Grumpy Golf Towel – $20.95Grumpy’s lost his grin on the greens (if he ever had one) for this soft, woven terrycloth towel that will look familiar to hot-tempered swingers everywhere!
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The Lion King: The Broadway Musical iPhone 5 Case The Lion King: The Broadway Musical iPhone 5 Case – $20.95Hear the roar of applause while using Mufasa’s artful iPhone 5 case, a souvenir of Disney’s theatrical hit The Lion King: The Broadway Musical. It’s sure to be a source of pride and protection for your iPhone 5.
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