Given the SRO crowds that have swarmed Disney’s gorgeous New Amsterdam Theatre since Aladdin‘s Broadway bow in February, it seems a “whole new world” (forgive the pun) has opened up for the beloved 1992 movie’s appeal. One of the most beloved of Disney’s untouchable streak of films in the early 1990s, Aladdin boasts an incredibly memorable score by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. EW has landed two early tracks from the upcoming Broadway cast album (which will drop digitally on May 27, and will be available in physical form on June 17). The show, nominated for five Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book (crafted by Chad Beguelin), has carried on the 2013 Pippin tradition of stopping the production with a mid-show standing ovation — in this case, for the rollicking Genie number “Friend Like Me,” essayed with an insane amount of showstopping brio by Tony nominee James Monroe Iglehart. READ FULL STORY
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As we look ahead to the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 10, EW is taking a closer look at this season’s nominated selection of new musicals, plays, and revivals, all of which will be competing for Broadway’s highest honor! Today, we dive into this year’s nominees for Best Musical:
Opened: March 29, 2012
Starring: Jeremy Jordan, Ben Fankhauser, Kara Lindsay, Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Jack Feldman; book by Harvey Fierstein; choreographed by Christopher Gattelli; directed by Jeff Calhoun
Synopsis: Disney’s latest outing is an adaptation of the 1992 film, which brings to full singing and dancing life the Newsboy Strike of 1899. The story follows a gang of paper-hawking ‘newsies’ — led by restless street vet Jack Kelly (Jordan) — as they launch a workers’ strike against newspaper bigwig Joseph Pulitzer. READ FULL STORY
Before Disney’s Newsies celebrates its big opening night on Broadway, there’s another reason to seize the day: the show’s original cast recording, which is set to be released digitally on April 10 and in stores on May 15. Pre-orders for the album have already begun on iTunes, and if you haven’t already heard the toe-tapping score by Disney legend Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman, then you best click over here to see — or hear — what everyone’s been singing about.
EW got its hands on an exclusive video from behind the scenes in the studio, where the Newsies gathered to record the original cast album, featuring songs from the cult 1992 film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day” and, on the physical release, a special rendition of “Santa Fe,” performed by Jeremy Jordan and accompanied by Alan Menken. Take a peek below to see what goes into making a cast recording: READ FULL STORY
At a press event yesterday for the Broadway-bound production of Newsies, the cast and creative team behind the cult 1992 Disney movie musical discussed one of the most important parts of the project – pleasing the passionate fans – and one erstwhile newsboy in particular.
For 20 years, Newsies fans – called “Fansies” – clung only to a VHS tape (later a DVD) and a soundtrack for the original film, which starred Christian Bale as a newspaper seller who leads the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When the announcement leaked that Newsies would finally make the much-anticipated jump to the stage at the Paper Mill Playhouse in September, the Fansies rejoiced. READ FULL STORY
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