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Bradley Gibson as Simba in The Lion King on Broadway

Disney’s three Broadway shows set records at end of 2018

Disney Theatrical Productions wrapped up 2018 with record-breaking grosses for all three of its Broadway shows, Aladdin, Frozen and The Lion King. Audiences streamed into theatres as mild-weather and double year end holiday weekends drove people out to enjoy a night on the town. Aladdin… Read More »Disney’s three Broadway shows set records at end of 2018

Inside “Tangled: The Musical”

A musical based on Disney’s hit animated feature “Tangled” has been rumored as a possible replacement show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios should the park decide to close the long running “Beauty and the Beast” stage musical. What would this new Tangled stage musical look like?… Read More »Inside “Tangled: The Musical”

Newsies Seize The Day dance tutorial

It’s not every day that the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama endorses your work, but Christopher Gattelli, who choreographed the dances for Disney’s Newsies on Broadway, has now had that honor. Gattelli and the cast from Newsies have released a “Seize The… Read More »Newsies Seize The Day dance tutorial

Disney’s Lion King 3D World Premiere

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El Capitan Theatre

In case you’ve been under a rock (Pride Rock?) you probably know that Disney has put a shiny coat of 3D magic on the classic film, Lion King. Saturday was the world premiere of Disney’s Lion King 3D at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Yes, I know I just said “the the” and I’m okay with it.

The Disney Blog had press credentials, so I took my fancy camera (read, iPhone) and my talent (read, 8-year-old son Atticus) and bellied up to the green carpet to let the stars come to us — which they did by the limo-ful (or whatever they drove, I didn’t have to valet this time).

Sadly, my iPhone couldn’t capture sound and picture with any clarity. I blame the thousands of people around us and the gentle lullaby of Hollywood Blvd. And by “gentle” I mean loud and freaky. Rather than have video without audio I went with the still photographs and casual conversation. Plus, my son was a little too nervous to conduct the interviews, and it was really, really hot out. We decided to play it cool, which works for us.

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Troubled Tarzan Production Dooms Theater

A touring stage production of Disney’s “Tarzan” musical set to open in Atlanta and then move to San Jose has failed without raising the curtain even once. This has had unfortunate effects: The American Musical Theatre of San Jose says it is filing bankruptcy after… Read More »Troubled Tarzan Production Dooms Theater

An Opera based on Walt Disney’s life

Famed composer Philip Glass has been comissioned to compose an Opera based on novel “The Perfect American”. That novel by Peter Stephan Jungk examines the last few months of Walt Disney’s life as seen through the eyes of a fictional animator who worked for him.… Read More »An Opera based on Walt Disney’s life

Toy Story Musical Hits the Waves

The latest theatrical musical to come from The Walt Disney Company is really making waves. Well, at least the Disney Wonder, the ship upon which it is staged, is making waves. Using Randy Newman’s Oscar nominated hit song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” as… Read More »Toy Story Musical Hits the Waves