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New stage musical version of Disney’s “Aladdin” to premiere this summer at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre






The 5th Avenue Theatre Presents

the Premiere of

Disney’s Aladdin, a New Stage Musical
Stage Version of Disney Film to
Close 2010-11 Season  

SEATTLE, WA–The 5th Avenue
Theatre is proud to announce that it will produce the premiere of Aladdin,
a new stage musical adapted from Disney’s 1992 animated feature film. Aladdin,
featuring the Academy Award®-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman
and Tim Rice, previews on July 7 and runs until July 31, 2011.  The show
replaces Oklahoma!, which will be postponed until the 2011-2012 season.

will feature a cast and creative team drawn from Seattle and
Broadway. Several 5th Avenue veterans return for the production, including
acclaimed director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, who received his first
professional choreography gig at The 5th Avenue Theatre (The Prince and the
2001) and where he later choreographed My Fair Lady (2002).
On Broadway, Nicholaw won praise as the choreographer of Spamalot, and
director/choreographer of The Drowsy Chaperone and Elf: The
Broadway Musical
, garnering three Tony nominations for his work.
Music for Aladdin is by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The
Little Mermaid, Tangled
), who has won a total of eight Oscars, more than
any living person; lyrics are by the late Howard Ashman (Little Shop of
, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) and
Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, The Lion King).
Librettist Chad Beguelin wrote the books for The Rhythm Club, Wicked
and The Wedding Singer, which premiered at The 5th Avenue in
2006.  Menken and Beguelin contribute additional lyrics.


new Aladdin incorporates all of the beloved songs from the film’s
Oscar®-winning score plus never-before heard Menken/Ashman songs restored
from early drafts of the score.  It marks a return to the authors’
original vision:  a loving homage to the Hope-Crosby road pictures with a
score invoking the jazz sound of stars like Cab Calloway and Fats Waller. 


confirmed production artists include set designer Anna Louizos (White
Christmas, In The Heights
), Tony Award®-winning costume designer Gregg
Barnes (The Drowsy Chaperone, Mame at The 5th Avenue), Tony®
winning lighting designer Natasha Katz (Beauty and the Beast, Aida),
dance arranger Glen Kelly (The Producers, Drowsy Chaperone) and
musical supervisor Michael Kosarin (Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act).
musicals have become a large part of the mission of The 5th Avenue Theatre and
we are thrilled
Disney has selected our theatre to produce the premiere of this new work they
have developed. 
am especially thrilled to have Casey back here where his amazing career first
got started
says The 5th’s Artistic Director and Executive Producer David Armstrong.


Fickinger, VP Creative Development and Licensing for Disney Theatrical
Productions, said, “Responding to extraordinary demand from our licensing
customers for a full length, two-act version of Aladdin, Alan Menken
brought to us the idea of returning to the highly theatrical vision he and
Howard Ashman had originally conceived but that had proved unsuitable for the
film.  Our goal with this pilot production of Aladdin at The 5th
Avenue is to launch this title for inclusion in our innovative professional and
regional theatre licensing catalog.”


animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical
and box office smash, grossing over $504 million worldwide and becoming the
highest-grossing film of the year. Adapted from Arabian folktales and the
famous “One Thousand and One Nights,” Aladdin tells the
story of a resourceful young man who dares to woo a princess with the help of
an all-powerful Genie. The film introduced the hit songs “Friend Like
Me” and “A Whole New World,” which won one of the
film’s two Academy Awards® as Best Original Song.  Part
of the “Disney Renaissance” that began with 1989’s The
Little Mermaid
, the film Aladdin was praised for its witty script
and tuneful, eclectic score.

The 5th Avenue production of Oklahoma! is being postponed until the
2011-12 season, dates to be announced. Ticket holders for Oklahoma! will
be receiving replacement tickets for Aladdin. Tickets for Aladdin are
available by calling 206-625-1900/toll-free 888-5TH-4TIX (584-4849), at the box
office at 1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, or online at
Special thanks to The 5th’s 2010-11 season co-sponsors Safeco Insurance
and US Bank.
More about The 5th Avenue Theatre
The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of the nation’s premier incubators for
new musicals. In the past decade, it has produced ten premiere musicals, four
of which have been produced on Broadway, and two of which have won Tony Awards
for “Best Musical” (Hairspray and Memphis). The 5th
Avenue Theatre is also known for its world class, critically acclaimed
productions of musicals chosen from both the contemporary canon and the Golden
Age of Broadway.
Unique in its Chinese-inspired design, this exquisite theater opened in 1926 as
a venue for vaudeville and film. In 1980, the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre
began producing and presenting top-quality live musical theater. Today, under
the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong,
Managing Director Bernadine Griffin and Producing Director Bill Berry, The 5th
Avenue Theatre attracts an annual attendance of more than 287,000 and ranks
among the nation’s largest and most respected musical theater companies.
In addition to its main stage productions, The 5th Avenue Theatre is also
committed to encouraging the next generation of theatergoers through its
extensive Educational Outreach Program which includes: The Adventure Musical
Theatre Touring Company, The 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards, the
Student Matinee Program, and Spotlight Nights. For more information about The
5th Avenue Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit


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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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