How about a little Disney theatre news to kick off your Friday?
First things first, The Lion King (which has been on Broadway since 1997) is about to set an unbelievable precedent. First show to ever make $1 billion at the box office. You heard me. ONE BILLION DOLLARS. They’ll officially hit this mark at the end of the month. (In second place is The Phantom of the Opera, a show that has spent the past 26 years on Broadway with box office totals of $930 million.)
It’s hard to fathom another Disney show could reach that kind of success. (But I hope they keep trying.)
Terrific segue to Aladdin the Musical, which has started rehearsals in Canada before its pre-Broadway run at the Ed Mirvish Theater starting on November 1. BroadwayWorld.com shared a very energetic video from rehearsals and you know what? I’m getting a bit more excited than I was before because there is TAP DANCING. I love tap dancing. It’s also really nice to see an ensemble having a blast working together.
Here’s the clip (which includes costume and set renderings!):
I hope you enjoy that!
In the last bit of news, sad to announce that Peter and the Starcatcher will be leaving New York City in the beginning of January. I’ve talked a lot about this show since its time on Broadway and the transition to off-Broadway. Local friends, if you have the time and the money to go check out Peter… you will not be disappointed. It’s one of the most innovative shows I have ever seen on stage.
Thanks for catching up on this edition of TheatEAR Newsflash!