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Disney In Depth: Reviewing Disney Fantasy’s Musical Productions
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As the Disney Fantasy nears closer to celebrating four years on the open seas, and I recently returned from setting sail on my third voyage on the magnificent vessel, I wanted to place focus on its five main musical productions in the Walt Disney Theatre.

Two of the three featured musicals are exclusive to the Disney Fantasy, two honor the arrival and departure of guests, and the other is appropriately named Believe. Reviewing these five shows required having seen each of them multiple times and evaluating them in comparison to not only one another on the Disney Fantasy, but also those on Disney Cruise Line’s other ships and within the domestic theme parks. Let’s dive right in!

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David Fincher Collaborating With Trent Reznor On ‘Fight Club’ Rock Opera
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The first rule of Fight Club is…you do not talk about Fight Club.

The second rule of Fight Club is…you do not talk about Fight Club.

But singing about Fight Club? That’s cool.

Believe it or not, True Believers, David Fincher‘s hypnotically brutal and satirical cult classic of Gen X masculinity gone horribly – and hilariously – wrong is looking to become the latest cinematic masterpiece to invade the Great White Way.

Fincher and Nine Inch Nails front-man (and one half of the composing team on his last three films – The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl) Trent Reznor are working on a Broadway rock opera adaptation of the filmmaker’s excoriated, and later celebrated, 1999 release Fight Club.

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‘The Lion King’ and ‘Aladdin’ Broadway Casts Get Stuck At Airport, Have Sing-Off (Video)
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The Lion King and Aladdin Broadway Cast Sing-Off

No one ever wants to find out that their flight has been delayed, forcing them to figure out different ways to keep their quickly numbing brain occupied until things get back on schedule. So here’s a slice of fried gold life tip for all of you: if you’re going to end up getting stuck at an airport, make sure that Broadway performers are stuck at said airport with you!

The casts of both The Lion King and Aladdin Broadway shows were traveling from New York to Orlando when their flight was delayed. Instead of sitting around playing Sudoku or whatever it is kids do to keep themselves busy these days, they used their talents to lighten the mood in the terminal. Just one Broadway cast singing their songs would be a pleasant surprise for anyone else stuck in an airport (aside from those without souls, of course), but when two casts from different productions are present? It can mean only one thing: a sing-off!

It begins with the Lion King cast singing one of the many familiar songs associated with their production. Instead of countering with another classic tune, the Aladdin crew, led by Tony Award-winning Genie actor James Monroe Iglehart (whose tribute to Genie counterpart Robin Williams can be watched right here), went full rap battle in playful riposte. And it continued from there. You can check out the video of the two sides trading lyrical blows below.

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Martin Scorsese Close To Directing ‘Macbeth’ Says Kenneth Branagh
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Macbeth

A Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Cinderella) and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street, Casino) collaboration has been in the works for some time. If the collaboration were to happen, Scorsese would be bringing Branagh’s stage adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s MacBeth to the big screen. But given both filmmakers’ busy schedules, the film would not likely go into production for some time, at least not any time soon.

Now a new interview reveals that there is “some” progress being made, and the two are nearly closing the deal to get the film made. Hit the jump for more.

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‘Wicked’ Producer Marc Platt Hopes Film Adaptation Gets Released In 2016
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The international press tour for Into The Woods is currently in progress, and with the film being a commercial success, journalists are asking producer Marc Platt about his next projects.

One of those projects is a big-screen adaptation of Wicked, which has Stephen Daldry attached to direct and Winnie Holzman penning the script. The musical is actually based on the book of the same name, and focuses on the events before The Wizard of Oz, before Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West. Platt hopes to get the film into theaters by 2016, which would mean that he would need to get the project into production sooner rather than later.

More after the jump.

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Disney In Depth: Disney’s 2014 Hits and Misses
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Brett Nachman   |  @   |  
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2014 may be complete, but the year’s impact will continue to mark all facets of The Walt Disney Company. The corporation’s hands in nearly all aspects of entertainment (film, television, theater, merchandise, theme parks, and music, among other forms) has experienced its shares of highs and lows. Let’s reflect on where and how Disney succeeded in 2014, as well as analyze components it could have improved.

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See What Christopher Walken Looks Like As Captain Hook In ‘Peter Pan Live!’
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Peter Pan, Captain Hook Sword Fight

Peter Pan Live! is an upcoming live performance of the Broadway musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan fairy tale set to air on December 4th on NBC, hoping to mirror the success of last December’s The Sound of Music Live!

The performance will star Allison Williams (Girls) as Peter Pan and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. The first image of Williams as Pan was revealed earlier this month, but yesterday executive producer Neil Meron shared the first image of Walken as Hook engaged in a sword fight with Pan on his ship.

You can read more about Peter Pan Live! and see the picture below.

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‘Frozen’ Will “Let It Go”… To Broadway!
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Frozen producer Peter Del Vecho confirmed to TV Guide in anticipation of the ABC special The Story of ‘Frozen’: Making a Disney Animated Classic airing Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 8pm ET, that the Broadway production heavily hinted (and blatantly stated at some points) earlier this year is now in development. Still in the very early stages, Del Vecho will include directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee on the project.

Disney’s Frozen tells the story of Anna (Kristen Bell), who sets off to find her sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), with trusty sidekicks snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), iceman Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and reindeer Sven. Elsa had unknowingly set off an unending winter in Arendelle, their hometown, when a fight with Anna caused her powers to flare and scared her into running away to live in isolation. Anna wants her sister back and the kingdom thawed and saved.

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‘Aladdin’ Broadway Casts Honors Robin Williams With ‘Friend Like Me’ Singalong (Video)
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Many tributes to Robin Williams have surface since the actor’s passing on Monday, one of which was a new beautiful image released by The Walt Disney Company of the Genie, the character that Williams so iconically voiced in Disney’s 1992 animated film Aladdin.

The film was adapted for the stage in 2011, and earlier this year it made its Broadway debut. At the end of yesterday’s performance at NYC’s New Amsterdam Theatre, the cast of Disney’s Aladdin musical paid tribute to Williams by leading the audience in a rousing singalong of the Genie’s signature song, “Friend Like Me.”

You can watch the fan-filmed video here below of the singalong, which was led by James Monroe Iglehart, who plays the Genie on stage. (UPDATE – Disney has released a video of the tribute as well, which is now here below.)

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Disney In Depth: Sadly, ‘Newsies’ Departs Broadway
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Few could have anticipated that a 1992 film flop would later inspire a hit Broadway show, energizing the Nederlander Theatre for more than two years. Newsies, once believed to collect dust in home entertainment cabinets, became a huge cult classic and compelled Disney to translate the musical into a Broadway spectacular. Now, sadly, the “King of New York” will say goodbye to the Great White Way, as the Broadway production of Newsies closes on August 24.

But before we say farewell to Jack, Crutchie, Katherine, Davey, and Mr. Pulitzer, let’s take a step back into memory lane and recall the best of Newsies on Broadway.

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