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February 21

February 21, 2010 – The Lion King Becomes Eighth Longest-Running Broadway Show

“Let every creature go for broke and sing, let’s hear it in the herd and on the wing.”

On February 21, 2010, the Broadway production of The Lion King hit a milestone 5,125th performance, making it the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history. With this performance, the show surpassed the musical Rent in number of performances. The musical has been highly acclaimed since its debut on November 13, 1997, winning six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and eight Drama Desk Awards for the Broadway production alone. As of 2018, the production is the third-longest running Broadway musical, behind Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera.

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December 20

December 20, 1998 – ­­The Lion King Musical Opens in Tokyo’s Shiki Theater HARU

ミュージカル『ライオンキング』が日本中を生命の歓喜に包みこむ!”

On December 20, 1998, the first international version of the hit Broadway musical The Lion King opened at the Shiki Theater HARU. Translated into Japanese, the production proved to be successful overseas and opened the doors for more international productions. As of 2017, the production is still running, having celebrated its 10,000th production on July 15, 2015. An original cast recording was also released.

October 14

October 14, 2006 – Previews Begin for Mary Poppins on Broadway

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

On October 14, 2006, the Broadway version of the musical Mary Poppins began previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The musical, a joint production between Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Macintosh, had Gavin Lee reprising his role as Bert, while Ashley Brown took over the role of Mary Poppins. The show would officially debut on November 16, 2006, and would go on to be nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning one for Best Scenic Design.

July 8

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July 8, 2007 – The Broadway Musical Tarzan Closes

“…the title of Tarzan within our catalog and within the Disney franchise will do just fine.” – Thomas Schumacher, head of Disney Theatrical Productions


On July 8, 2007, the Broadway version of the animated feature film Tarzan closed after 35 previews and 486 shows at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Having premiered with mixed reviews, the musical failed to find its footing with audiences. Although the Broadway version ended with a loss, Tarzan managed to find its audience within the Netherlands and Germany.

May 4

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May 4, 2004 – Aida Announces Closing Date

Aida is a show that has delighted us and defied all expectations.” – Thomas Schumacher, President of Disney Theatrical Productions

On May 4, 2004, the Broadway show Aida announced that it would be closing on September 5 of that year. The show, open since March 23, 2000, also announced the return of actor Adam Pascal, who originated the role of Radames, who would stay with the show until its closing. By 2004, Aida was the only show to still be running from the 1999-2000 theatrical season. When the show closed, it ran for 1,852 performances in the Palace Theatre.

April 16

April 16, 2008 – Disney Theatrical Productions Honors Alan Menken

On April 16, 2008, Disney Theatrical Productions hosted an evening at the Hudson Theatre honoring the music and legacy of composer Alan Menken. Hosted by Thomas Schumacher, the evening featured Broadway performers Josh Strickland, Ashley Brown, Sierra Boggess, and Sherie Rene Scott; Donny Osmond, who played Gaston for a stint in Beauty and the Beast, also stopped by to liven the evening. Menken, who made his Broadway debut with Little Shop of Horrors with lyricist Howard Ashman, is better known for his work with Disney animated features beginning with The Little Mermaid; several of the animated features have made it to the Broadway stage. The evening focused in his lesser-known work, with the performers paying homage to a Broadway great.

March 9

March 9, 1994 – Previews Begin for Beauty and the Beast at the Palace Theatre

“Is this home? Is this where I should learn to be happy?”

On March 9, 1994, the first preview of the new Disney musical Beauty and the Beast took place at the Palace Theatre, moving from its previous location of Houston, Texas. This was Disney’s first foray into the world of Broadway, and cost between 12 and 20 million to produce. The show would run in previews until its official opening date at the Palace Theatre on April 18.