Classic Disney Movies Brought to the Broadway Stage for Renewed Enjoyment
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Beauty and the Beast is one of the Walt Disney Companys most lucrative titles. The 1991 movie was an immense success and in 1994 it opened on Broadway with more songs, and a lot of stage magic! The show debuted at the Palace Theater on Broadway and was and instant success. Beauty and the Beast became the flagship for what was to become Disney on Broadway.
The Lion King was a roaring success on both in the movies and on Broadway. The touching boy-becomes-man story of Simba the lion cub was a billion dollar success before even coming to Broadway. The incredible show hosted music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. In 1995 Disney brought the New Amsterdam Theater back to life with a promise from then New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani that the Time Square area would also be rehabbed when the show opened in 1997. Giuliani and Disney both held up their ends of the bargain and The Lion King was re-imagined for the stage. The musical features amazing costumes and a mesmerizing group of performers. The Tony winning Best Musical never looked back and continues to sell out!
The Little Mermaid was a hit on the big screen and although it didnt get rave reviews from Broadway critics, it has been a huge audience favorite on Broadway. The girl-becomes-women story has been pleasing its Broadway audience for many years. Great music like the songs Part of Your World, Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, and Poor Unfortunate Souls have made waves.
Mary Poppins is the only production in which Disney co-produced with Cameron (Le Mis) Mackintosh. Similar to the other Disney shows on Broadway, Mary Poppins includes the song book from the movie and adds more to it. Mary Poppins also expands the story line to show added depth to the relationship between Mr. Banks and his children. The show delivers a lot of good old fashioned dancing and of course, a flying Mary Poppins. Similar to The Little Mermaid, Critics didnt give Mary Poppins incredible reviews; however it is a Broadway favorite amongst viewers.
Disney on Broadway continues to run successfully in theaters and gain popularity every day. Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Mary Poppins are not the only Disney his on Broadway. High School Musical and Peter Pan are also featured on the stage. If you are a fan of Disney Movies, a trip to Broadway to see one of your favorite Disney productions is sure to be a treat you will never forget.
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