1902 marked the start of a two year Ping Pong
Disney movies and Broadway are just an obvious pairing. The sets, the costumes, and, of course, the songs are sure to draw a variety of crowds. Disney Theatrical Productions Ltd and its Broadway affiliate Walt Disney Theatrical has developed several of their animated films for the stage. They are gorgeous.
Aladdin is the latest in the line of Disney animated movies to be brought to life. From March 20th, 2014 to the present audience, he has been taking huge audiences on magic carpet rides. But the show has been going on since 2011 off-Broadway. The stage production only has three of the songs from the film (You Ain’t Never Had A Friend Like Me, A Whole New World and Prince Ali).
The Lion King (1997-Present)
Not my favorite Disney movie though it is certainly my favorite musical Disney movie, The Lion King is probably the most beloved of Disney Broadway. I had the pleasure to see a showing of the stage version in Disney World and it was a lot of fun. It’s the fourth longest running Broadway show and the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time.
Beauty and the Beast (1994-Present)
The first Broadway show from Disney Theatrical was Beauty and the Beast, and it was immediately met with great critical acclaim. It’s the ninth longest-running Broadway at 5,461 performances.
Mary Poppins (2006-2013)
Admittedly I’m not a big Marry Poppins fan but for Disney it completely made sense to adapt this onto Broadway. The musical follows the books more closely than the film. The entire tea party and penguin sequence has been removed.
The least successful of the Disney film-to-stage productions was Tarzan. My guess is because they let Clayton live in the musical version.
The Little Mermaid (2007?)
It would seem the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid has had a rough go of it over the years. In 2007, it had a brief run before the Stagehand Strike of 2007. It came back for a couple more years but couldn’t keep the audiences flowing, so it closed its doors in 2009. But, there has been a postponed tour since 2010 that may just start up in 2015.
Now take a look a these musicals written by rockers.