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March 20

March 20, 2014 – The Broadway Musical Aladdin Officially Opens

“Proud of your boy, I’ll make you proud of your boy, believe me.”

On March 20, 2014, after a little over three weeks of previews, the newest Disney Broadway musical Aladdin officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The musical, based on the hit 1992 animated feature film, includes several of the popular musical numbers; it also features three songs that were originally cut from the film: “Proud of Your Boy,” “Babak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim,” and “High Adventure.” Four new songs were also introduced in the narrative: “These Palace Walls,” “A Million Miles Away,” “Diamond in the Rough,” and “Somebody’s Got Your Back.” The show would go on to be nominated for five Tony awards, winning Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for James Monroe Iglehart’s performance as Genie. The original Broadway cast starred Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as Genie, and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar.

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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.

March 9

March 9, 2011 – The Off-Broadway Production of Peter and the Starcatcher Opens

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“In relating the back story of how a sullen, skeptical orphan became the eternal boy known as Peter Pan, ‘Starcatcher’ celebrates the leap of faith that occurs when we tell and believe improbable tales.” – The New York Times

On March 9, 2011, the Disney Theatrical Off-Broadway Production Peter and the Starcatcher opened at the New York Theater Workshop. Based on the bestselling book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the play gives the account of how Peter Pan became Peter Pan. It received mixed to positive reviews from critics, and was transferred to Broadway and opened on April 15, 2012. It garnered five Tony Awards, including one for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Christian Borle, and was nominated for Best Play. It starred Adam Chanler-Berat as Peter, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Molly, and Christian Borle as Black Stache.

 

October 16

October 16, 1925 – Actress and Disney Legend Angela Lansbury is Born

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“Oddly enough, children recognize my voice. They’ll hear me and say, “Mom, that’s Mrs. Potts!” It’s the timbre of my voice that they pick up on.”

On October 16, 1925, Angela Brigid Lansbury was born in Regent’s Park, London, England to actress Moyna MacGill and politician Edgar Lansbury. Her talent manifested at the age of nine, when she took to playing characters as a way to cope with her father’s death of stomach cancer. She immersed herself in film, and in 1940, she began studying acting at the Webber Douglas School of Singing and Dramatic Art; her formal education was cut short by the Blitz, where she and her family immigrated to the United States, ending up in New York City. While there, Lansbury gained a scholarship to study at the Feagin School of Drama and Radio. In 1944, she got her big Hollywood break when she was cast as the maid in the film Gaslight, which not only scored her a contract with MGM, but an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The following year would see another Academy Award nomination for Lansbury after her work in The Picture of Dorian Gray, and a third nomination would occur in 1962 for her role in The Manchurian Candidate.

Lansbury is better known for her roles on the stage, beginning with her debut in 1957 in the short-lived Hotel Paradiso. Her first musical was Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ Anyone Can Whistle, which closed after 9 performances. This was followed with Mame in 1966, where she was cast as lead Mame Dennis. Lansbury not only gained near universal praise for her performance, but received her first of five Tony Awards for the role. She would then win Tony Awards for her roles in Dear World (1969), Gypsy (1975), Sweeney Todd (1979), and Blithe Spirit (2009). Despite this success, Lansbury is probably best known for her role as writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the long-running television series Murder, She Wrote. For her role, she was nominated for twelve Emmy awards.

Lansbury’s association with Disney began in 1971, when she was cast as the lead character Eglantine Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks. She would go on to be nominated for a Golden Globe for this role. Her second main role with the studio came in the 1990s, where she voiced the role of Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, and sang the title song, which would go on to win an Academy Award. In 2006, she would also be featured as a host in Fantasia 2000, introducing “The Firebird Suite.” Known as a Disney icon to children everywhere, she was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1995. Among her numerous other awards and honors, Lansbury was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2014.

September 6

September 6, 1972 – Actress and Disney Legend Anika Noni Rose is Born

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“I always dreamed of being a voice in a Disney movie…I feel like what an honor that this is how the dream comes true, bigger and stronger than I had even imagined it.”

On September 6, 1972, Anika Noni Rose was born in Bloomfield, Connecticut. After graduating from Florida A&M University with a degree in theater, she moved to San Francisco to study at the American Conservatory Theater. After this, Rose moved to New York, where she landed a role in the Broadway production of Footloose, playing the character Rusty. Her big break, however, came with the musical Caroline, or Change, playing the role of Emmie Thibodeaux, and winning the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. Rose also starred in a string of films, with her best known role being the character Lorrell in Dreamgirls; for this role, she was awarded several nominations. In 2009, she won the coveted role of Tiana in the Disney animated feature The Princess and the Frog. She continues to work in television, film, and theater, including a Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun in 2014, and continues to voice the character of Tiana in special Disney projects. In 2011, Rose was named a Disney Legend for her work as Tiana.

January 10

January 10, 2008 – The Broadway Musical The Little Mermaid Officially Begins its Run

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“I knew how it would sound under the sea on stage, but not how it would look. That was the biggest challenge, and it was so out of my hands.” – Alan Menken

On January 10, 2008, the Broadway musical version of the hit 1989 animated feature film The Little Mermaid began its run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. Previews had run from November 3, 2007, with a pre-Broadway run at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Originally supposed to open on December 6, 2007, this opening was delayed due to the stagehands strike of 2007. The challenge of the musical was to keep true to the story, but also portray a world underwater. Francesca Zambello, the director, had an extensive opera background, which made her quite willing to take on this task. Alan Menken, the original songwriter for the 1989 film, was brought in to be part of the production team, with lyricist Glenn Slater working with him to write 10 new songs for the musical. The book was written by Doug Wright, who made the focus of Ariel’s journey her pursuit of living her life on her own terms. The original cast included Sierra Boggess as Ariel, Sean Palmer as Eric, Brian D’Addario and Trevor Braun alternating the role of Flounder, Norm Lewis as King Triton, Sherie Rene Scott as Ursula, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian, Tyler Maynard as Flotsam, Derrick Baskin as Jetsam, Jonathan Freeman as Grimsby, and John Treacy Egan as Chef Louis. While the audience response to the musical was positive, critics were mixed, with most being rather critical. It was nominated for two Tony Awards: Best Original Score, and Best Lighting Design of a Musical. The musical closed on August 30, 2009, after 50 previews and 685 performances. Since then, it has had an American tour, and several international productions.

June 10

June 10, 2012 – The Musical Newsies Wins Two Tony Awards

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“Well, it’s been such an incredible, improbable journey for Newsies…Jack, we’re kings of New York.” – Alan Menken

On June 10, 2012, the 66th Tony Awards were held at the Beacon Theater in New York City. The Disney Theatrical Productions musical Newsies: The Musical, having been nominated for eight Tony Awards, walked away with two: Best Choreography for Christopher Gattelli, and Best Original Score for Alan Menken and Jack Feldman. Although nominated for Best Musical, it would lose to the musical Once. In his acceptance speech, Alan Menken thanked the “generations of kids who adopted this movie and insisted that it be brought to the stage.”