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Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell Warns Winter is Coming: Talks Disney’s ‘Frozen 2’ >>

Just when a thought you were finally able to “Let it Go,” along came a knocking at door with a voice asking if you “Wanna Build A Snowman,” again. That is right, Disney’s 'Frozen 2' is coming. Princess Anna herself, Kristen Bell ('Reefer Madness'), recently gave an update on the upcoming sequel to one of the biggest movies in the entire world.

Courtney Reed (Jasmine) and Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) in Disney's 'Aladdin.'

Disney ‘Aladdin’ Main Cast Members Staying on Broadway Til 2017 >>

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.


Extra,Extra: Disney’s ‘Newsies’ Musical Ending Tour This Fall >>

Extra, Extra. Stop the presses. Disney’s 'Newsies the Musical' national tour is going the way of the modern day print newspaper. That is right. The 'Newsies' might forever, but the road show isn't. The tour will end this fall. Check out the report below for all to the details.

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Live Theme Park Theater Experience Coming “In Summer” >>

If you are a parent who finally thought your child was ready let, “Let it Go,” go, think again. Disney is building on the hype of the hit film with an all new sequel film, a Broadway show and now a theme park theater experience. 'Frozen' - Live at the Hyperion is getting ready to debut this May in California. So go ahead and save up those caps and enjoy the silence while you can, but Winter is coming this Summer.

Zac Efron

Disney Announces ‘High School Musical 4’ >>

The 'High School Musical' franchise was a mega hit for The Disney Channel. The trilogy, which consisted of two made for TV films followed by a theatrical release, launched the careers of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale. It also helped pave the way for the Teen Beach Movie franchise. With all that success it is no wonder that Disney announced they are planning a fourth installment of the franchise.

Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi

‘She Loves Me’ Zachary Levi Talks Disney ‘Tangled’ TV Series >>

Zachary Levi is back on Broadway in 'She Loves Me.' The former First Date star is perhaps best known for leading role in NBC’s Chuck and as the voice of Flynn Rider in 'Tangled.' Recently, Levi opened up about the all new 'Tangled' Disney Channel series and his musical ambitions.

Disney's 'Frozen' Characters

Disney ‘Frozen the Musical’ Coming to Broadway in 2018 with Orginal Writing Team >>

Winter is coming and it's coming in 2018. That is right, Frozen the Musical is coming to Broadway in just two short years. That means just as you are finally to get “Let it Go,” out of your head, you going to get have it stuck right back in skull again. The Disney musical will feature the same writing team of husband and wife Robert Lopez (E.G.O.T winner, Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Disney’s Finding Nemo the Musical) providing the music and Jennifer Lee penning the book.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' Cast Recording Debut Tops Billboard Charts >>

When you combine the music of Alan Menken with Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz you get a recipe for the perfect musical. Throw that in with a book by, frequent Sondheim collaborator, James Lapine and you have yourself one hell of a show. The name of that show is 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. Based on Victor Hugo’s original novel with songs from the 1996 animated Disney classic, both of the same name, this highly anticipated musical sadly didn’t make it to the Broadway stage. However, we now have a way to enjoy this dream collaboration of musical theater talent. On Jan 22 Ghostlight records released the Studio Cast Recording of Hunchback of Notre Dame and the results speak for themselves.

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NJPAC Perform Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ In Concert: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Take on ‘Toy Story’ & Pixar >>

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center is getting to make some magic when they bring Disney’s amazing musical animated masterpiece, 'Fantasia' to life. 'Fantasia' in concert is set for Friday, February 19th at 8PM, and promises to be an amazing night for the whole family. The concert will also feature special guest performers from Bergen County’s Elisabeth Morrow School Orchestra. If that isn’t enough Disney for you, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recently announced a concert series featuring music from 13 Disney Pixar classics, including the 'Toy Story' franchise.

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Broadway Closed: The Great White Way Gets A Snow Day >>

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.

'Toy Story 4'

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Presents Broadway’s Sutton Foster and Pixar in Concert >>

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is getting ready to host a wealth of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Later this month, conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos and the Baltimore Symphony SuperPops present Disney Pixar in concert. Featuring the familiar scores and breathtaking visuals from 13 of your favorite films by the award winning animation studio, including 'Toy Story', 'Up', 'A Bug's Life', 'Monsters Inc'. In February, conductor Jack Everly and BSO present a series of concerts with Broadway legend Sutton Foster. The Tony Award winning actress has appeared in a host of amazing show, including 'Little Women', 'The Drowsy Chaperone', 'Young Frankenstein', 'Thoroughly Modern Millie,' 'Shrek the Musical', 'Violet' and 'Anything Goes.'

Brian Bedford

Tony Winner Brian Bedford Dies At 80: Remembered for Disney ‘Robin Hood’ Voice & Shakespeare Roles >>

One time Tony Award winner and Seven time Tony nominee Brian Bedford passed away on Wednesday at the age of 80. Bedford died after battling cancer making him the 3rd high profile actor to die this week, with David Bowie and Alan Rickman both passing away from cancer at the age of 69. Bedford, a veteran of the stage is known for his work acting and directing for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Bedford also stole the show as Lady Bracknell in his 2009 performance of Oscar Wilde’s classic play The Importance of Being Earnest, Many fans will remember Bedford as the voice of the charming lead character in the animated Walt Disney classic, Robin Hood.

Witney Carson and Carson McAlister

Witney Carson Teams with Derek Hough following Honeymoon? >>

All throughout her last season of Dancing with the Stars, Witney Carson had to deal with rumors that she was secretly dating Bachelor Chris Soules, but earlier this month, the 22-year-old proved them all wrong, once and for all, by marrying her high school sweetheart, Carson McAlister. According to the latest gossip news updates, Witney won't be taking off much time for her Bahamas honeymoon, however -- having already signed up to join Derek Hough and the Pentatonix for ABC's upcoming Disney special set to air next month.

Kristen Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison Host Broadway at the White House >>

Sure, most people would think that the turkey, the football or even the time with their families are some of the best parts about Thanksgiving Day. However, for us here at Classicalite, the best part has to be the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The musical numbers, especially.

The Ladybugs

The Ladybugs Disney Tribute at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola >>

Tonight, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola bestows a treat for the senses, "When You Wish Upon a Star: The Ladybugs Tribute to Classic Disney Films." Laced in traditional jazz instrumentals and jingle jangle vocals, The Ladybugs are hip NYC cats percussionist Martina DaSilva, vocalist Kate Davis, trombonist Joe McDonough, guitarist Gabe Schnider and bassist Dylan Shamat.

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