No waiting necessary—The Lion King musical is the king. Disney’s Julie Taymor-directed stage adaptation of the 1994 film has accumulated $6.2 billion worldwide, meaning it now has the “most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history,” the Associated Press reported. READ FULL STORY
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Disney Infinity 2.0 made me feel eight years old. And I mean that in the best way possible.
There’s a certain magic to playing with toys when you’re young. Action figures spring to life in your imagination, and pieces of furniture transform into the sites of epic battles. A hallway can become a racetrack, a chair a mountaintop, and all it takes is a couple plastic figures to create a spark of inspiration.
Infinity 2.0 lets players create whatever they can imagine, and the spark this time around is bringing together the Mouse House’s vast catalogue of franchises and some of the most famous superheroes in the world, Marvel’s Avengers. By creating a cohesive art style and setting players loose in the game’s Toy Box mode, Infinity 2.0 is a brilliant package for kids looking for a creative outlook—and it can satisfy an older crowd, too.
Hold onto your clogs because for the first time in forever, a Frozen ride is coming to Disney World!
After months of speculations and wishes among fans, Disney Parks confirmed Friday that a new attraction based on the hit animated film will replace the Maelstrom ride, in the Norway section of Epcot’s World Showcase. Construction is beginning now, and though no exact timeline has been given, you can bet it will take longer than building a snowman. READ FULL STORY
According to Tony Stark, Tony Stark needs to step up his game.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, actor Robert Downey, Jr.—Iron Man himself—told the paper that Guardians of the Galaxy, “in some ways, is the best Marvel movie ever.” Surprised? Given the similarities between his portrayal of Tony Stark and his actual public persona, he doesn’t blame you. “It’s odd for someone with—on occasion—an ego the size of mine to actually say that,” said Downey. READ FULL STORY
Broadway lights will dim on Aug. 13 in memory of Robin Williams—who tread the boards multiple times during his illustrious career—but one show in particular owed much more to the late comic icon.
Disney’s Aladdin has been entertaining audiences on Broadway since February, but the Aug. 12 performance ended on a slightly different note when the entire audience joined in a singalong of “Friend Like Me,” the showstopping number sung by the Genie, Williams’ beloved role in the 1992 film.
Led by James Monroe Iglehart (who earned a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Genie), the Broadway company of Aladdin encouraged the audience to pay tribute to Williams by joyously singing to the rafters. It was a surprisingly touching moment, and certainly a gleeful way to honor Williams’ Aladdin legacy. Watch it below:
The impending release of Star Wars: Episode VII might have some eager fans looking at Disney’s Star Tours ride and thinking, “what a piece of junk!“
But, fear not: The Walt Disney Co. has big theme park plans for its big franchise. “We’re also developing ideas and designs for a far greater Star Wars presence in our parks,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger told investors on the company’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday. “We expect to provide details about this sometime next year.”
When asked whether or not Disney has a parks franchise that’s comparable to Harry Potter for Universal, Iger mentioned Cars and the Disney Princesses, and promised that Star Wars, “is going to be just that.”
Iger also offered a small, if unsurprising, nugget about the film itself, which is set to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. “Production on Star Wars: Episode VII is on track,” he said, declining, when prompted, to answer any questions about Harrison Ford’s on-set accident. Iger added: “The footage we’ve seen so far is spectacular and certainly worthy of the fan frenzy and excitement this movie is generating around the world.”
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Disney Theatrical Productions—so Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, better known as the two stars of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, took time off from their magic carpet jaunts to drop by EW’s video studio and talk all things Disney.
EW decided to pit Aladdin against Jasmine as we tested the princely pair’s knowledge of the Mouse House’s stage hits, from 1994’s Beauty and the Beast to 2012’s Newsies and beyond. Both Jacobs and Reed have an exceptional amount of Disney trivia stored up there.
It’s a tale as old as time: Creepy old woman asks to use your phone on a cold prologue night, elementary school-age prince declines because his parents raised him well, aforementioned spinster casts a curse on the kid and his entire staff, whose only crime was trying to get by on the crazy merry-go-round we call This Provincial Life.
That’s how Beauty and the Beast transformed a whole ensemble of domestic workers into pieces of furniture and assorted household objects. Certainly it was an unfortunate fate for all of The Beast’s staff, but especially for the ones with bad enough karma to be transformed into, say, a wardrobe—or worse, a teacup without a face. READ FULL STORY
The show that was originally intended for a 101-performance run on Broadway is finally drawing the curtain…after reaching a whopping 1,005 performances.
Disney’s Newsies will seize its last day on Broadway on August 24 at the Nederlander Theatre. The show opened on March 29, 2012 after a try-out at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, and it went on to earn eight Tony Award nominations at the 2012 ceremony, winning two—Jack Feldman and Alan Menken for Best Original Score, and Christopher Gattelli for Best Choreography.
Since Newsies’ Broadway debut, the show has earned over $100 million, seated over 1 million patrons, and become the second longest-running tenant of the Nederlander Theatre—behind the behemoth musical Rent, of course—in the theatre’s 93-year history.
But there’s good news for pape-slinging fans. Newsies will launch a North American tour in October 2014, aiming to hit 25 cities over 43 weeks.
“From our first performance, we have been humbled by the spontaneous and genuine outpouring of affection from fans and the theatre community alike,” said Disney Theatrical Productions head Thomas Schumacher in a release. “Alan and Jack’s tuneful, rousing score, Harvey’s timely book, Chris’s muscular choreography and Jeff’s cinematic staging merged seamlessly to become a glorious work in the proudly classic Broadway tradition. When our tour launches in October, I’m thrilled that audiences across North America will be able to experience the adrenaline rush that is Newsies.”
For those already worried about the “Disneyification” of the franchise, this Star Wars YouTube parody represents the worst of all possible futures: It blends the classic sci-fi film with tunes from animated Disney movies, and adds in a whole slew of princesses distinctly not of the Alderaan variety.
Released by YouTube user George Shaw, the video traces the plot of A New Hope, incorporating melodies from Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and other classic Disney flicks. Along the way, it sends up the worst of the Disney juggernaut, which acquired the rights to George Lucas’ sci-fi epic in 2012. The video even ends with a call for viewers to “please buy more toys, and DVDs, so Disney can make more movies for you and me.” READ FULL STORY
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