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August 18

August 18, 2006 – The Stage Version of High School Musical Premieres at Stagedoor Manor

“The breathless optimism of the lyrics is shared by many of the kids who attend Stagedoor Manor summer camp, which mounts 13 productions with 270 kids every three weeks…”

On August 18, 2006, the world premiere of the stage version of the popular Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical took place at the Stagedoor Manor theater camp. Stagedoor Manor, a well-regarded summer camp with a working relationship with Disney scored the rights to the musical after mounting “junior” productions of Broadway musicals Rent and Aida.

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August 17

August 17, 2002 – Aida Celebrates 1,000th Performance

“The gods love Nubia, their glorious creation, its songs roll sweetly across the harvest plain.”

On August 17, 2002, the Elton John and Tim Rice musical Aida celebrated its milestone 1,000th performance at the evening show. Originally opening on March 23, 2000, the show opened with Adam Pascal as Radames, Sherie Rene Scott as Amneris, and Heather Hedley as Aida (who would go on to win the Tony Award for her performance). The 1,000th show featured Pascal alongside Simone as Aida and Felicia Finley as Amneris.

July 28

July 28, 2005 – The Lion King Begins Performances at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne

On July 28, 2005, the second Australian production of The Lion King kicked off its run at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. The production lasted almost one year at this theater before closing on June 4, 2006; it went back to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on December 12, 2013. This production was the 9th production of the popular Broadway musical running around the world, with shows also running across North America, Tokyo, London, Hamburg, and Madrid.

June 4

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June 4, 2006 – The Musical The Lion King Closes at the New Amsterdam Theatre

“Till we find our place on the path unwinding, in the circle, the circle of life.”

On June 4, 2006, the Broadway musical The Lion King held its final performance at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York City. The show had been at the theatre since October 10, 1997, and was lauded for its imaginative interpretation of the animated feature film source. The production, fortunately, was not closed permanently; the show was to be transferred to the Minskoff Theatre, while the production of Mary Poppins would be taking its place at the New Amsterdam. The Minskoff Theatre underwent some custom renovations to accommodate the incoming production, and the show opened in the theatre on June 13th. As of 2019, the Minskoff Theatre is still home to The Lion King.

January 17

January 17, 2003 – The Stage Show Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular Officially Debuts in Disney California Adventure

“Must I yearn forever to be free?”

On January 17, 2003, the Broadway-style stage show Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular made its officially debut on January 17, 2003, at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theater. Based on the hit 1992 animated feature film Aladdin, this stage show would become a precursor to the hit Broadway musical. The show generally follows the plot of the film; however, composer Alan Menken added one new song for the show: “To Be Free,” a song for Jasmine. “To Be Free” is a reworked song that was originally created as a ballad for Genie, but was inevitably cut from the film. The show ended its run on January 10, 2016, and was replaced by Frozen – Live at the Hyperion.

December 1

December 1, 2012 – The Lion King Pop-Up Exhibit Opens in New York City

“This new interactive attraction gives visitors a unique chance to extend their Broadway experience outside the theater, creating longer-lasting memories of this iconic show.” – First Vice President of Communications for NYC & Company, Christopher C. Heywood

On December 1, 2012, Disney Theatrical Group opened a special immersive “pop-up” exhibition to celebrate the Broadway smash production of The Lion King, known as “Inside the Lion King.” Considered the first of its kind, the exhibit gave travelers a chance to see over 100 items relevant to the creation of the show, ranging from shadow puppets to props, with the ability to see details that aren’t readily noticed from the theater seats. The exhibit also includes interactive elements, such as touch screen presentations of concept sketches and models, and photograph opportunities with set pieces.

November 16

November 16, 2003 – Toni Braxton Holds Final Performance in Aida

“So, I was taking a little bit of a risk, but I came here to New York and I say [Aida] and I was like: ‘Oh, God! It’s so beautiful! I’m so glad I said yes!’” – Toni Braxton

On November 16, 2003, R&B singer and songwriter Toni Braxton gave her final performance as the titular character in the Broadway musical Aida. This was the second time Braxton took the lead role in a Disney musical, with the first being a stint as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Her engagement in the show began on June 30, and she was replaced by Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams.