The original Broadway Jasmine will return to Aladdin for special performance run

The original Broadway Jasmine will return to Disney’s hit Broadway musical Aladdin for a limited time later this month. Courtney Reed will step back into Jasmine’s slippers beginning Wednesday, October 16th through Sunday, October 27th. Reed previously held the role…

New book explores how the Disney way changed Broadway musicals forever

Amy Osatinski has written the most well-researched and sourced history of Disney Theatrical Productions that all fans of Disney musicals will want to get their hands on. “Disney Theatrical Productions: Producing Broadway Musicals the Disney Way” is the first major…

The thrill of seeing a live Muppet performance

Miss_Piggy_Toronto_press_conferenceYesterday I had the chance to experience what might be called a childhood dream: seeing a Muppet live. Miss Piggy was in Toronto to promote Muppets Most Wanted and Disney graciously invited me to the press conference at the posh Shangri-La hotel (a fitting venue for a superstar like Piggy, who let everyone know that she “fixed” some of Celine Dion’s high notes in the film).

Running only ten minutes, it was far too short, but the event reminded me why a live Muppet musical like the one Disney has been exploring is such a superb idea.

It’s true what they say, even adults tend to forget that there’s a puppeteer under the table. (My only gripe was that they had Miss Piggy emerge from below, instead of having her already seated when everyone was let into the room.) You know that feeling when you see a celebrity in person after years of seeing them in pictures? I got that.