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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.

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.

January 4

January 4, 2016 – The Musical Comedy Series Galavant Premieres on ABC

“Yay! He ruled in every way! A fairytale cliché! And people called him Galavant!”

On January 4, 2016, the musical comedy series Galavant premiered on ABC. Serving as the mid-season replacement for the series Once Upon a Time, the series followed the musical adventures of the knight Galavant as he seeks to reclaim his honor after his love Madalena jilts him for the evil King Richard. Aided by Princess Isabella, who wishes to reclaim her kingdom from Richard, and his squire Sid, Galavant journeys to the Kingdom of Valencia to take on the king. The series lasted for two seasons with 18 episodes, before it was cancelled in 2016. It starred Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Timothy Omundson as King Richard, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Karen David as Princess Isabella, and Luke Youngblood as Sid. Music for the show was written by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.

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.

November 20

November 20, 2007 – The Box Set High School Musical Hits Collection is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Limited edition six disc set perfect for the High School Musical lover in all of us!”

On November 20, 2007, the six disc compilation High School Musical Hits Collection was released through Walt Disney Records. It featured the soundtracks for the two High School Musical films of the time, two karaoke albums, and the CD+DVD version of High School Musical: The Concert. The box set was a limited edition, and has been out of print for several years.

October 29

October 29, 2005 – Laura Michelle Kelly Plays Final Performance as Mary Poppins

“After [performing in Mary Poppins] for two years in London, I just needed a break.”

On October 29, 2005, after 400 performances, actress Laura Michelle Kelly played her final performance as the titular character in the West End musical Mary Poppins. It was announced that the role would then be portrayed by Scarlet Strallen; Kelly traveled to Singapore to star in a production of A Twist of Fate. Kelly would return to the role of Mary Poppins in October, 2009, this time at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway.