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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.

March 3

March 3, 2013 – The Broadway Musical Mary Poppins Plays its Final Performance

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“…the show’s extraordinary success is due to the 500 plus actors, musicians and stagehands who have brought the show to magical life on Broadway and, most importantly, to the audiences who have fallen in love with Mary, Bert and the Banks family every night.”

On March 3, 2013, the Broadway musical Mary Poppins played its final performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre, after 2,619 performances over six years. The final performance featured Steffanie Leigh as Mary Poppins, Nicolas Dromard as Bert, Karl Kenzler as George Banks, and Megan Osterhaus as Winifred Banks.

January 17

January 17, 2007 – Beauty and the Beast Broadway Show Announces Closing

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Beauty and the Beast has meant so much to me, both in remembering the joy of creating the animated film and seeing how audiences have embraced it on Broadway for all of these years.” – Composer Alan Menken

On January 17, 2007, the long-running Disney Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast was announced to be closing come July 29th after 13 years of performances. This closing was to make way for Disney’s next musical venture, The Little Mermaid, which would be premiering at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 3rd. After its closing, Beauty and the Beast ended its run with 46 previews and 5,464 performances.

November 16

November 16, 2006 – The Broadway Production of Mary Poppins Premieres at the New Amsterdam Theatre

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“I’m so practically perfect in every way.”

On November 16, 2006, the Broadway production of the hit stage musical Mary Poppins premiered at the Disney-owned New Amsterdam Theatre. Based on the hit Disney film of the same name and the books by P. L. Travers, the show was a joint production by Disney and Cameron Macintosh, and opened on the London stage on September 15, 2004. The Broadway production featured Ashley Brown as Mary, and Gavin Lee as Bert, reprising his role from the London production. The show would go on to be nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Gavin Lee; it would go on to win the Tony for Best Scenic Design. The musical had its last performance on March 3, 2013, after running for six years and 2,619 performances.

October 19

October 19, 2008 – The Disney Musical Tarzan Debuts in Hamburg, Germany

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“Du hörst etwas aus der Ferne rufen, zwei Welten, eine Familie.”

On October 19, 2008, the third international production of the musical Tarzan opened in Hamburg, German, at the Neue Flora Theater. It was jointly produced by Walt Disney Theatrical and Stage Entertainment. The first run of the musical featured Anton Zetterholm as Tarzan and Elisabeth Hübert as Jane; the pair were the winners of the reality program Ich Tarzan, Du Jane, with producers looking for the leads of the show. The production ran for five years, and a cast album was released.

October 18

October 18, 2008 – The First Foreign Production of Mary Poppins Premieres at Sweden’s Göteborg Opera

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“The unconventional governess from the children’s books, which were made into a film and then a musical, now flies into the Göteborg Opera with her magical umbrella.”

On October 18, 2008, the first international production of the hit musical Mary Poppins opened in Göteborg, Sweden, at the Göteborg Opera. The production was externally licensed by Disney Theatrical to Josef Weinberger Limited, with the production being translated into and fully performed in Swedish. The original Swedish production featured Linda Olsson as Mary Poppins and Magnus Borén as Bert. The production closed on March 14, 2009.