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Disney Theatrical Productions: THE LION KING Welcomes Clifton Oliver As Simba to Broadway’s Minskoff Theater









Minskoff Theatre-

Immediate Release:  Friday, May 13, 2011 – Broadway’s landmark musical
event THE LION KING is pleased to welcome CLIFTON OLIVER
as Simba, tonight, Friday, May 13.  Dashaun Young, who played his final
Broadway performance on Saturday, May 7 as Simba, will reprise the role with
the Las Vegas company on Monday, June 20.
originated the role of Simba in the Las Vegas production at Mandalay Bay (2009)
and the Los Angeles production at the Pantages Theater (2000) and performed as
Simba on the first national tour. 
by Disney Theatrical Productions, THE LION KING is currently playing at
Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street).  The show
officially opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997. 


Oliver also starred on Broadway as Benny (opposite Jordin Sparks) in In the
and as Fiyero in Wicked and appeared in the Los Angeles
company of Ragtime.  Oliver’s Off-Broadway credits include Wig
and Miracle Brothers (Vineyard Theatre). Touring productions
include Benny in Rent (Australia) and Teen Angel in Grease
(second national).  Television includes a guest starring role as Mad Hoops on
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”


The Broadway cast of THE LION KING also features GARETH
SAXE as the sardonic and deviously cunning “Scar,”
ALTON FITZGERALD WHITE as “Mufasa,” the great
warrior and ruler of the Pridelands, and TSHIDI MANYE as the wise baboon shaman
“Rafiki.”  CAMERON POW portrays the prim and proper hornbilled bird
“Zazu,” TOM ALAN ROBBINS is the carefree warthog
“Pumbaa,” FRED BERMAN is the wisecracking meerkat
“Timon” and CHAUNTEÉ SCHULER is the loyal lioness


three evil hyenas are played by JAMES BROWN-ORLEANS (“Banzai”), BONITA
J. HAMILTON (“Shenzi”) and ENRIQUE SEGURA (“Ed”).  The
role of “Young Simba” is alternated between JUDAH BELLAMY and AUBREY
OMARI JOSEPH and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between



it begins its 14th year THE LION KING remains ascendant, continuing
to reign as a cultural phenomenon and one of the most popular stage musicals in
the world.  Since its 1997 Broadway premiere, 18 global productions have been
seen by more than 55 million people, and grossed over $4.3 billion to date. 
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas
Schumacher), THE LION KING is the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway
history and one of only five productions in theatre history to play for ten years
or more, both on Broadway and in the West End.  Translated into seven different
languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish), the
show has been performed in 14 different countries on five continents.  THE LION
KING can currently be seen on Broadway (its flagship production), on stages
across North America, and in Las Vegas, London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo
and Singapore.  In October 2011, the first Spanish production will bow in
Madrid.  THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony® Awards:  Best Musical, Best Scenic
Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting
Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a
Musical, making Taymor the first woman in theatrical history bestowed with the
honor.  THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including
the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for
Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event
of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best
Costume Design. 



tickets, show information and performance schedule, call
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hotline at 866-870-2717 or visit online


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Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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Marvel Fans: See Props, Costumes, New Games, Exclusive Content and More at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim





BURBANKCalif. (June 1, 2017) – Marvel will make its way to D23 Expo’s show floor from July 14­-16 with an exciting look at its upcoming film titles in the Marvel Studios Pavilion, featuring an array of props and costumes from the Studios’ upcoming slate, including Thor: RagnarokBlack Panther, and more.

In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 2017, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok-the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization-at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela., played by Cate Blanchette. 

But first he must survive the Grandmaster’s gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger-the Incredible Hulk. 

Fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from this highly anticipated movie as well as photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film. 

The incredible costumes from Black Panther will also be on display. 

Black Panther follows the journey of T’Challa after the events of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War,where he returns to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. 

In addition to the exciting props and costumes on display, Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B.

Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.

Fans will also be able to enjoy all-new console and mobile Marvel Games, plus incredible exclusive content and announcements throughout the weekend!

For the first time at D23 Expo, guests will be able to get their hands on the hottest new console and mobile games featuring favorite Marvel Super Heroes, playing as the world-famous Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and more! 

LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes.Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor,the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across myriad Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.

Adding to the infinite excitement of D23 Expo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will offer attendees hands-on opportunities with the next era of the highly revered action-fighting game series. 

Marvel and Capcom universes collide like never before as iconic characters team up for action-packed player-versus-player combat. 

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite features a variety of exciting and accessible single-player modes and rich multi-player content for new players and longtime fans alike and will be released on September 19, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Gazillion will offer a chance to play Marvel Heroes Omega and win fantastic prizes.

Marvel Heroes Omega combines the core gameplay style of Action-RPGs and MMOs with an expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. With thousands of hours of character progression and rewards,Marvel Heroes Omegacomes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges with regular updates.

Netmarble is bringing its best to D23 Expo with MARVEL: Future Fight.

Featuring 120 Marvel Super Heroes to choose from, players create teams of their favorites to fight for their future. D23 Expo attendees can try their hand at saving the universe.

Marvel Puzzle Quest is where the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game available on your phone, tablet, and PC.

Marvel Puzzle Questcombines favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-versus-player tournaments, Alliances, and much more. Guests can unleash their inner Super Hero and wage war against their enemies. Learn more

Marvel will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including the fan-favorite Cup o’ Joe on Friday, July 14, at 1:15 p.m. in the D23 Expo Arena, featuring Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, in a no-holds-barred panel of everything Marvel!

That same day at 6 p.m. on Stage 28, Marvel Animation presents a surprise-filled panel of sneak peeks, special guests, exclusive footage, and big announcements about the future of Marvel Animation on Stage 28. Details will be available on the D23 Expo app.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 forchildren 3-9. Membersof D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3-9. Multi-day tickets are also available. 

For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit

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