I am getting ready to go and see Wicked, so I decided this would be a good topic. Although I have never seen anything on Broadway, I attend performances on a regular basis in Pittsburgh, I have seen lots of non-Disney musicals, but what I want to know is what disney musicals have you seen on or off Broadway. The answer for me is On the Record, Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.
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Disney's On the Record and Lion King touring companies and Beauty and the Beast in a regional dinner theater production.
We were fortunate to see Ashley Brown in her role as Kristen in On the Record. She then moved on to play Belle and Mary Poppins on Broadway. Side note: she is ending her run as Mary Poppins tomorrow (Oct. 5, 2008). Wonder where she's going next...
Also, I saw Lion King again, when the touring company came through Fort Myers a couple of years ago. We are fortunate to have a fine performing space here called The Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Center, which is sort of attached to Edison College. "Wicked" will be coming through here next year too. A friend works at Edison and asked me just today if I wanted to go because she can get discounted tickets.
That's a shame, Arny. I can tell you, though, that the performances in the parks are of the highest quality, so even though you are not seeing a full-length production, you are seeing the same quality production. I was pleasantly shocked the first time seeing one in the parks (it was Lion King in Animal Kingdom).
One thing I really liked about the Broadway production of Little Mermaid is that the book was altered slightly. In the end, Ariel doesn't get rescued by her prince or by her father - she fights and wins all on her own! Although my nieces were grumbling because it was not true to the story they grew up watching, I was applauding wildly!