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July 29

July 29, 2007 – The Broadway Musical Beauty and the Beast Closes

“A ‘tale as old as time’ reached the end of the line July 20 when Beauty and the Beast gave its 5,464th – and final – Broadway performance and at last took its leave of the Lunt-Fontanne…”

On July 29, 2007, after 46 previews and 5,461 performances, the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast closed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. As of 2018, it is the tenth-longest running musical on Broadway, and has had several national tours. Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, who was instrumental in bringing Disney to the Great White Way, was present at this final performance, as were many fans, friends, and special cast members. Recording artist Donny Osmond reprised his role as Gaston for the final show, with Anneliese Van Der Pol and Steve Blanchard playing the role of Belle and the Beast, respectfully.

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July 26

July 26, 2007 – The Musical The Little Mermaid Begins Engagement in Denver, Colorado

“…she’ll have to defy her father – the king of the sea – escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.”

On July 26, 2007, the pre-Broadway engagement of the newest Disney musical The Little Mermaid began its run at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado. Featuring Sierra Boggess as Ariel, Sean Palmer as Prince Eric, Norm Lewis as King Triton, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian, Eddie Korbich as Scuttle, Jonathan Freeman as Grimsby, Derrick Baskin as Jetsam, Tyler Maynard as Flotsam, Cody Hanford and J.J. Singleton splitting the role of Flounder, and Sherie Rene Scott as Ursula, the production was led by director Francesca Zambello. The show ended its run in Denver on September 9th, with the production officially opening on Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on December 6th.

May 10

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May 10, 2007 – The Broadway Musical Tarzan Celebrates One Year on Broadway with Book Signing

Tarzan: The Broadway Adventure is an intimate backstage look at the five-year development process of Tarzan, from early concept drawings to auditions and exploratory flying workshops…”

On May 10, 2007, the Broadway musical Tarzan celebrated one year on Broadway with a special book signing at the Barnes & Noble Lincoln Triangle. Author Michael Lassell, who wrote Tarzan: The Broadway Adventure, was joined by actors Josh Strickland, Jenn Gambatese, and Chester Gregory, who played Tarzan, Jane, and Terk, respectively, along with composer Phil Collins. In addition to signing books, the cast members entertained the crowd with songs from the show.

May 9

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May 9, 2007 – Mary Poppins Celebrates 200th Performance on Broadway

“The hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins marked its 200th performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Wednesday, May 9th at 8pm.”

On May 9, 2007, the 8pm showing of the Broadway musical Mary Poppins celebrated the show’s 200th performance. Premiering at the New Amsterdam Theater on November 16, 2006, the production featured Ashley Brown as Mary Poppins and Gavin Creel as Bert. The cast celebrated the milestone performance with a cake that featured a likeness of the show’s poster. The show would go on to play 2,619 performances before closing on March 3, 2013.

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.

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.