Your wish has come true. Several of the original cast members of Disney's 'Aladdin' on Broadway are sticking around for another year. That is one more year for fans to see Adam Jacobs, Jonathan Freeman, James Monroe Iglehart, Courtney Reed and all the rest of your favorites.
The old saying goes, “the show must go on,” but unfortunately that saying doesn’t hold up to heavy snow. The Great White Way is being shut down by a the great white cold stuff this weekend. First Disney shut down all Saturday, Jan 23 performances of Disney’s 'The Lion King' and 'Aladdin,' and now the rest of Broadway has followed their lead. The Broadway League has annoused that all evening and matinee shows have been canceled for the safety of crews, performances and audiences. All performances are expected to resume on Sunday, Jan 24.
One of opera's biggest names, Anna Netrebko, has had a bit of bad press lately regarding the Ukrainian-Russian tensions in Eastern Europe. But, like any normal person, Miss Netrebko has her own story to tell and recently spoke out about her troubled past, Justin Bieber and more.
Broadway isn’t just for the stars anymore, it’s also for their security guards! Jimmy Kimmel Live’s security guard and show sidekick, Guillermo, made his Broadway debut in Disney’s “Aladdin” this week.
Alan Menken has joined the creative team for the new Broadway-bound bio-musical "Happy Trails: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Song & Story." The show focuses on the iconic couple and their influence in American pop-culture history. The creative team for the new show includes director Des McAnuff, who staged the hit "Jersey Boys" and won a Tony for his work on "Big River" and "The Who’s Tommy."
The holidays mean big money for Broadway producers. This season, 19 of the current 26 shows broke the $1 million mark for the week with almost 30,000 more people attending shows than last Christmas. The Broadway League says the shows pulled in $40,993,950 for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 28, better than the same week last year when 30 shows attracted $38,783,854. Also, attendance is on the rise from 290,386 in 2013 to 318,721 this year. The mild New York winter weather and Christmas falling on a Thursday may all be helpful factors in the increase in attendance. With a boost in celebrity casting in Broadway shows being another reason for people attending the theater, performances sans celebrities are holding their own. Despite having Hugh Jackman in "The River," Bradley Cooper in "The Elephant Man" and Sting in "The Last Ship" all onstage toward the end of the year, and "The Book of Mormon" hardly slowing down at all this year, an old favorite was once again king of Broadway in 2014. Disney's "The Lion King" set a weekly record at the Minskoff Theatre with a nine-performance haul of $2,885,321. The Disney favorite remains Broadway's highest-grossing show of the year for the second time in a row, despite six other shows having higher average ticket prices.
Broadway lyricist Tim Rice, a Classicalite favorite mentioned before for his credits on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Jacket, is not only known for his accolades but his contributions to the screen with some of the most heartfelt songs in the children's entertainment canon.
A theatre professor who's been teaching for 50 years goes interactive.
'Tis the season for original Broadway cast albums. Disney's 'Aladdin' and Masterworks Broadway's 'If/Then' and 'Bullets Over Broadway' are some of the latest releases.
'Aladdin,' 'Rocky' and 'Fun Home' also garnered multiple nominations, as did Audra McDonald, Neil Patrick Harris, Cherry Jones, Tyne Daly and Michael Cerveris.
As 'The Lion King' continues its reign over Broadway, Disney Theatricals keeps up the pace with an ongoing series of musical adaptations of its hit movies. Next up, look for 'Jungle Book' and 'Frozen.'
Another Disney movie bound for Broadway is "Frozen," this year's Oscar-winning best animated film which has generated $1 billion at the global box office since November.