Friday, October 16, 2015

The Blue Genie On Stage

Disney animated features don't just inspire live-action features. They make Broadway musicals happen.

... The last of Alan Menken’s Disney collaborations with the late Howard Ashman (and with additional work from Tim Rice), the Genie tuner Aladdin has been a sell-out at Mickey’s Broadway showcase, the New Amsterdam Theatre, since previews began in February 2014. As it closes in on 700 performances, the show has rung up $122.4 million in ticket sales and been seen by more than 1.1 million people.

With a Japanese copy already running in Tokyo since May and the European premiere set for December in Hamburg, Disney said today that the musical, staged by Casey Nicholaw, has booked London’s Prince Edward Theatre, where it will begin performances on May 27, 2016. ...

Wouldn't it be nice if some or all of the animation crew that made this money spinner possible got a mention? The board artists? The animators? The designers, writers and directors?

Someone? Anyone? I know I dream.


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