Disney Theatrical Productions

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 work of scholarship to examine… Read More »New book explores how the Disney way changed Broadway musicals forever

Hercules musical announces cast of Off Broadway production

A new musical stage production of Disney’s Hercules is scheduled to debut this summer in New York’s Central Park at the Public Theater’s Delacorte Theater. The official cast for the show was announced yesterday and there are a few names Disney fans will be very… Read More »Hercules musical announces cast of Off Broadway production

Disney Theatrical to reboot Beauty and the Beast on Broadway

Although it is not Disney’s most profitable division, nor its most well-attended, Disney Theatrical Productions, also known as Disney on Broadway, is recognized (both critically and financially) for its stage musicals. The first of which was “Beauty and the Beast” in April 1994. The division… Read More »Disney Theatrical to reboot Beauty and the Beast on Broadway

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.

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“Peter Pan” Prequel Headed to Broadway

Yesterday, Disney Theatrical Productions confirmed that “Peter and the Starcatcher” will open on Broadway next spring. Similar to the feeling of the smash hit “Wicked,” the story follows the boy who will become Peter Pan. Some other familiar faces appear, including the pirate who will… Read More »“Peter Pan” Prequel Headed to Broadway