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November 10

November 10, 2016 – Frozen: A Musical Spectacular Kicks Off on Disney Cruise Line

“You’ll go home wishing you had a happy snowman as your best friend.”

On November 10, 2016, the live-action stage show Frozen: A Musical Spectacular began performances on the Disney Cruise Line ship the Disney Wonder. Adapted from the hit animated feature Frozen, the stage show was a Broadway-caliber production that featured most of the songs from the film, as well as dynamic puppetry, special effects, and transformative scenery. This production fed into the idea that Frozen would work as a Broadway musical; however, as of 2018, this production is still running on the Disney Wonder.

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October 24

October 24, 2006 – The Musical Sister Act Opens in California’s Pasadena Playhouse

“Masquerading as a nun named Mary Clarence, this Sister’s act will have you laughing and singing in the aisles.”

On October 24, 2006, the musical Sister Act began previews at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. It was based on the 1992 musical comedy film that was released by Touchstone Pictures, which is owned by Walt Disney Studios. The stage production featured original songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, along with the book provided by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. The California cast included Dawnn Lewis as Deloris Van Cartier, Elizabeth Ward as Mother Superior, David Jennings as Eddie, Amy K. Murray as Sister Mary Patrick, Beth Malone as Sister Mary Robert, and Audrie Neenan as Sister Mary Lazarus. The California production closed on December 23, 2006; it would go on to open in the West End on June 2, 2009.

October 4

October 4, 2007 – The French Production of The Lion King Premieres at the Theatre Mogador

“The cast is wonderful to look at and gorgeous to listen to. I find them very compelling.” – Disney Theatrical Productions President Thomas Schumacher

On October 4, 2007, the first French production of the popular Broadway musical The Lion King, known as Le Roi Lion, opened at the newly renovated Theatre Mogador in Paris. The musical was performed completely in French, and was translated from English by Stéphane Laporte, a Molière Award winning writer. The French case included Zama Magudulela as Rafiki, Jee-L as Mufasa, Olivier Breiman as Scar, Jérémy Fontanet as Simba, Léah Vincent as Nala, David Eguren as Zazu, Christian Abart as Timon, and Fabrice de la Villehervé as Pumbaa. Several key members involved with the original Broadway production were in the audience, including original director and designer Julie Taymor, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, and President of Disney Theatrical Productions Thomas Schumacher.

September 16

September 16, 2013 – Disney Announces Cast for New Broadway Musical Aladdin

On September 16, 2013, Disney Theatrical Productions released the cast list of their newest theatrical production, Aladdin. The cast of 34 would be lead by Adam Jacobs, who would be playing the titular role. Based on the 1992 hit animated feature film, this stage adaptation brings back composer Alan Menken to score the popular songs from the movie for the stage, as well as to provide new songs written exclusively for the show. The cast also includes James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, returning to the role after voicing it in the animated feature film. The musical would go on to open on Broadway on March 20, 2014, at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

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.

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.