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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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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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Theatre Review: Rocky
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Rocky
Written by Sylvester Stallone and Thomas Meehan
Directed by Alex Timbers
Music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Starring Andy Karl, Margo Seibert, Terence Archie, Dakin Matthews, Danny Mastrogiorgio
Winter Garden Theatre
The Shubert Organization
Premiered March 13, 2014

A southpaw underdog wants to make it as a big time fighter, but he just can’t catch a break. He gets kicked out of his locker at the local gym, run by Mickey. He’s just a little too soft for his job as a loan shark’s muscle (won’t break bones). And the girl he’s crushing on won’t give him the time of day. That is, until Apollo Creed unexpectedly needs a new opponent when his original opponent for the world heavyweight title drops out because of an injury.

Ever the businessman, he wants to fight one of Philly’s own, a nobody that gets a shot at the title. He chooses “The Italian Stallion,” Rocky Balboa. Rocky wins over shy pet shop girl Adrian with a little help from her brother Paulie, gains Mickey as a trainer, has a training montage complete with running up those famous steps, and wows everyone in the climactic fight.

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Disney In Depth: Reasons Why Everyone Loves ‘Aladdin’
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“A whole new world” exists for those visiting Broadway, as Aladdin, the classic Disney animated film featuring the Oscar-winning music of Alan Menken, Tim Rice, and Howard Ashman, finally hits The Great White Way. It took more than 20 years, but as critics have indicated, it is well worth the wait.

But why does everyone love Genie, Jasmine, and Jafar? Let’s unleash a few potential reasons from the lamp.

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‘X-Men’ Stars Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen At Times Square With Elmo (Photo)
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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen At Times Square With Elmo

Last week, Ian McKellen officiated at the wedding of his X-Men co-star, Patrick Stewart.

This weekend, the duo were out on the streets of New York City at the theater mecca of the world, Times Square, where they’re soon to begin their Broadway stint together in two plays, Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

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Disney In Depth: ‘Newsies’ The Musical On Broadway Review
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Ready to be the “King of New York?” Well, for the cast of the Tony-winning musical, Newsies, they have been ruling Broadway for good reason. For anyone visiting the Big Apple, Disney Theatrical Productions’ latest offering represents theater at its best, when you forget you’re watching a performance. You feel like you’re part of the show.

The year, 1899. The place, the center of the industrial world: New York City. The newsboys have been suffering long from low wages. Child labor is as predominant as ever before, with freedom from this tireless toil far from reality. Our protagonist, the slick-talking, lady-killer newspaper delivery boy Jack Kelly, played by the charismatic and cool Jeremy Jordan, longs to escape this harsh society for the “little town out west,” Santa Fe. After the illustrious and infamous publisher Joseph Pulitzer raises the prices of papers for the newsboys, Kelly leads his gang of hard-working newsies to rebel. Strike!

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William Shatner’s One Man Show Heading To Broadway
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William Shatner singing "Iron Man"

Frequent Broadway events? Would you if it involved Captain Kirk? Well, get your suits and dresses ready people. Shatner is coming to Broadway.

The NY Post is reporting that William Shatner will be bringing his one man show, Shatner’s World: We’re Just Living In It, to New York. The show will run for a three week period in February.

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Another ‘Spider-Man’ Broadway Show Actor Injured After Fall
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It’s been a messy and often dangerous ride for those involved in the $65 million Spider-Man Broadway adaptation, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. With many of the action sequences calling for significant stunt work, multiple actors involved in the show have been injured during production and rehearsals.

Now another injury has been added to the list at a performance that took place just a few hours ago. According to various reports, the accident occurred during a sequence toward the end of the production where Spider-Man is trying to save Mary Jane as she hangs from a bridge. Either the actor playing the web-slinging superhero or his stunt double for the show fell about eight to ten feet from a platform into a pit, and equipment being used in the show fell into the audience as a result.

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Problems Continue In Preview Showing Of ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Musical
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Spider-Man: Turn Off The DarkSpider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the Broadway musical set to officially open on January 11, 2011, has been in the news a lot lately, and not because the buzz for the show has been spectacular. No, it’s been quite the opposite. In fact, news about this musical has been nothing short of disastrous from the beginning.

The Spider-Man musical, based on the famous webslinging Marvel Comics character, was written by Julie Taymor (who also directs) and Glen Berger, with music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge, and is currently in previews at the Foxwoods Theatre on Broadway in New York City. While the musical has been long in the works, the production has been fraught with delays and budgets problems, first running out of money last year, and now soaring up to $65 million, making it the most expensive Broadway musical ever.

Then there’s the much-talked about technical difficulties, as the daring aerial stunts to be performed have proven to be not practical or even safe for live theater. Back in October, two actors from the musical came forward, revealing that they sustained injuries during rehearsals. Actor Kevin Aubin broke his wrists in a catapulting stunt during a special presentation of the show, according to NY Post, while another actor stated he’d broken his feet a month earlier while performing the same move as Aubin, according to NY Times.

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‘Family Guy’ Creator Seth MacFarlane Signs Music Deal; Will Record Album Of ’40s & ’50s Broadway Songs
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Seth MacFarlane

If you’ve ever watched Family Guy, you know that creator Seth MacFarlane has a soft spot for a good Broadway tunes. Many episodes include classic covers or original songs performed in an old school style, usually will comedic elements mixed in.

Whether you love or hate Family Guy or MacFarlane’s other shows, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, there’s no denying that the man has tremendous vocal talents. He’s even branched out his talents to feature films with a role in Hellboy II. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that MacFarlane has signed a new music deal with Universal Republic Records.

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