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Mmmm… Genie juice!

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And berry delights!

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Some sweet delights too!

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We’re watching Aladdin tonight πŸ™‚

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We’re going to see Aladdin on Broadway! That’s very exciting!

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After its Broadway 2014 season, the show was nominated for five Tony Awards and a Grammy Award. The creative team behind the production reads like a who’s-who of musical theatre royalty. Just the show for bear royalty πŸ™‚

With music by the eight-time Oscar-winning composer behind Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act and Little Shop of Horrors, Alan Menken, and lyrics by the late Howard Asham, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, who between them boast five Oscars, this stage interpretation of Aladdin is directed and choreographed by the Tony-winning man behind the global smash-hit The Book of Mormon, Casey Nicholaw. Seven-time Tony-winning designer Bob Crowley and five-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz have taken the Arabian magic of the original animated film and translated it for the stage using cutting edge set and lighting techniques.

In addition to the cherished songs from the original, including the Oscar-winning A Whole New World, the musical also features a catalogue of new songs written especially for the stage production. During its debut season in New York over one million people saw the show, breaking eight house records at the Amsterdam Theatre.

Along with the Lyceum Theatre, also built in 1903, the New Amsterdam is the oldest surviving Broadway venue. Disney Theatrical Productions signed a 49-year revenue based lease for the property in May 1995, with Disney Development restoring the building. The New Amsterdam was officially reopened on April 2, 1997. In November 1997, after the premiere of the film Hercules and a limited engagement of a concert version of King David, Disney’s stage version of The Lion King opened. On June 4, 2006, The Lion King closed in The New Amsterdam Theatre, moving two blocks uptown to the Minskoff Theatre on June 13, 2006. Since opening on Broadway in November 1997, The Lion King has become the most successful musical in history. It currently plays 8 times a week at the Minskoff Theatre, in the heart of Times Square.

Mary Poppins began previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre on October 16, 2006 and opened on November 16, 2006, where it continued to run until March 3, 2013. The theatre was renovated to accommodate Disney’s Aladdin, which was mounted in the theatre in 2014 and it’s still running, waiting for little bears to visit πŸ™‚

We’ll get the entire exciting history of the Amsterdam Theatre during a behind the scenes tour with travel company Walks of New York “Disney on Broadway: Behind the Magic”.

The tour is led by Broadway insiders, including actors and theater managers. It starts in Times Square at the statue of George Cohan, writer of the classic “Give my Regards to Broadway”, and stops include the 102-year-old Shubert Theatre, where Barbra Streisand made her Broadway debut, and Sardi’s, a popular gathering place for cast and crew since 1927. The tour also takes participants to the mammoth Marriott Marquis. Five historic theaters, including one where Audrey Hepburn played Gigi, were demolished to make room for the hotel and its own theater.

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Once inside Disney’s New Amsterdam, a historian takes over and describes how it was once the home of The Ziegfeld Follies at the beginning of the 20th century.

The tour culminates in a rare look inside the Prop and Costume Studio that houses original stage pieces from such shows as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aida, with the secrets behind many costumes revealed. For instance, the Beast’s boots are made from Reebok high-top sneakers for the actor’s comfort.

I’ll try on Mary Poppins’ red coat, hat and umbrella and little bears will curl up in The Little Mermaid’s seashell bathtub πŸ™‚

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More about the theatre and all the cool photo ops after the tour!

Time for Aladdin, Jasmine and the very funny Genie…

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