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Disney’s Theatrical Production “Newsies” Nominated for Eight Tony® Awards






Breakout New American Musical,

for Eight Tony® Awards

Best Musical


Peter and the Starcatcher,

by Disney Theatrical Productions,

Big With Nine Nominations


IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Tuesday, May 1, 2012): Newsies, the breakout new American musical,
today received eight Tony® Award nominations including Best Musical.  Additionally, Newsies was recognized
with nominations for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Jeremy
Jordan), Best Original Score (Alan Menken and Jack Feldman), Best Book of a
Musical (Harvey Fierstein), Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun), Best
Choreography (Christopher Gattelli), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tobin Ost
and Sven Ortel), and Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob).


Peter and the Starcatcher, developed
in a multi-year process by Disney Theatrical Productions, and produced on
Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and
Disney Theatrical Productions, received nine nominations including Best Play,
Best Direction of a Play (Roger Rees and Alex Timbers), Best Performance by an
Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Christian Borle), Best Performance by an
Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Celia Keenan-Bolger), Best Original Score
(Wayne Barker and Rick Elice), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Donyale Werle),
Best Costume Design of a Play (Paloma Young), Best Sound Design of a Play
(Darron L. West), and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Jeff Croiter).


season, Newsies has already been nominated for seven Outer Critics
Circle Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and two Drama League Awards, including
Best Musical nods from all three organizations.


about Newsies, "stop the presses! Newsies
is an irresistible, high energy winner!" Time
Out New York
calls Newsies, "an
invigorating extravaganza! A barnstorming, four-alarm delight," and The New York Times hails it, "a musical worth singing about,"
praising the "terrific songs – buoyant melodies by Alan Menken and rousing
lyrics by Jack Feldman – and a sweet, funny, emotionally satisfying book by
Harvey Fierstein."


Newsies, features music by eight-time
Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty
and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act
), lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by
four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy). Produced by Disney
Theatrical Productions, Newsies is
directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Big
revival) and choreographed by Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific revival). 


The Broadway company of Newsies
features Jeremy Jordan as
Jack Kelly, John Dossett as Joseph
Pulitzer, Kara Lindsay as Katherine
Plumber, Capathia Jenkins as Medda
Larkin, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie, and Lewis Grosso, and Matthew Schechter
alternating the role of Les.


in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing
tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of
teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of
the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph
Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause
to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's


Newsies is inspired by the real-life
'Newsboy Strike of 1899,' when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and
runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other
powerful newspaper publishers. 


The Nederlander Theatre box
office hours are Monday through Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday 10:30am – 7pm. Newsies will be performed on the
following schedule through June 17th (with some exceptions): Monday
at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm & 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm,
and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm.


Best ticket availability is for
performances Sunday evenings at 6:30pm and Monday evenings at 7pm.


Beginning June 18th Newsies will be performed on the
following schedule (with some exceptions): Monday – Wednesday at 7:30pm, Friday
– Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday & Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.


more information on Newsies, please
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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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Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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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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