File this one under "It's about damned time!" LOLz!!
Aladdin is one of our FAVORITE animated features!!
We cried ourselves to sleep night after Arabian night while its Disney siblings were invited to become Broadway babies and Prince Ali was left in the dust!!
We cry no more, friends!
Alan Menken — the Oscar-winning musical producer responsible for a slew of successful Disney-to-stage adaptations — says they're prepping our street rat and his loving Princess (and their monkey!) for a Broadway run!!
What a glorious sigh of relief! It's like a magic genie granted us three wishes!!
The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast might be one jump ahead of Aladdin in terms of stage seniority but we are positive this musical will be epic!
Creators will even incorporate 3D glasses for the Cave of Wonders scene!!
Yes, yes, YES!!!
This whole production is destined to be shining, shimmering, and splendid!
[Image via Disney.]
Tags: 3d, aladdin, aladdin the musical, alan menken, beauty and the beast, broadway babies, disney, the lion king
Wondrous Newsies, everyone!
Jeremy Jordan and legendary composer Alan Menken recently engaged in some ear-pleasing studio love when recording the beautiful, pining tune Santa Fe from Disney's Newsies.
Tony Nominee Jer Bear currently stars as Jack Kelly in the broadway version of the 1992 film, and was JUST cast in theatrical TV show SMASH's second season!
Ohhhh we ADORE Jeremy, his voice is SO Disney prince!
So like, when Disney brings Aladdin to Broadway, he's gonna play the lead across from Nicole Scherzinger's Jasmine…
(Just putting it out there!)
Tags: alan menken, beautiful, broadway, cast, disney, jeremy jordan, love, movie, new, newsies, record, recording, second season, show, smash, studio
We just have to say it is SO good to see Sheryl Crow looking so gorgeous and healthy!
But at the 2012 Tony Awards, the singer took a back seat as a presenter for the Best Original Score (Music And/Or Lyrics) Written For The Theatre, and it was Alan Menken and Jack Feldman who won for the music and lyrics of Newsies!
Definitely one of our faves, so we're delighted to see them be honored for their work on it!
[Image via Getty Images.]
Tags: alan menken, best original score written for the theatre, bonnie and clyde, don black, frank wildhorn, grant olding, jack feldman, newsies, one man two guvnors, peter and the starcatcher, rick elice, wayne barker
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Back in September, we saw some highlights from the Newsies musical, which premiered on Sept. 25 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ!
Given the fact that Alan Menken and Harvey Fierstein were the creative forces behind the production, we had a feeling it was going to be a success…and we were right!
Disney's Newsies musical is officially headed to the Main Stem's Nederlander Theater on Broadway, with previews beginning on Mar. 15, and an official opening on Mar. 29!
Best part? The musical premieres on Broadway a mere 12 days before the Newsies movie's 20th anniversary!
Very exciting! We'll definitely try to catch this one next time we're in NY after the musical opens!
What do U think? Will U be check out Newsies when it hits Broadway???
Tags: 20th anniversary, alan menken, broadway, disney, harvey fierstein, march, millburn, musical, new jersey, newsies, nj, paper mill playhouse
This guy - there are no words! He takes our breath away time and time and time again! He has such a deep love for music and such a talent to go along with it. He was a star before he ever made it on Glee and now, he's got such a bright future ahead of him!
Yesterday's Billboard/Hollywood Reporter TV & Film Music Conference turned into a very Glee-ful event when Darren Criss surprised legendary Disney composer Alan Menken with a performance medley of some of his best songs. However, being Darren, he gave the music a bit of a twist and rearranged the lyrics as an homage to Alan!
Check out the video to hear Darren's rework verisions of Alan's most beloved songs, from The Little Mermaid to Newsies and more!
P.S. - They shared this amazing story at the conference too that we thought you would love. Back when Darren was in school, he used to play Disney tunes outside this coffee shop in Michigan. Who should pass by one day by Alan himself, who was so impressed with Darren's voice and skill, he gave him a $100 tip. Darren revealed he used it for booze. YEAH MAN!
P.P.S - If Alan has any Disney movie in the works right now and he doesn't hire Darren to star, he is CRAZY!!!
Tags: alan menken, billboard, darren criss, disney, glee, performance