New York City is much more than The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center. Among millions of dreamers who throng the Big Apple, is the childhood you left behind, in the form of Disney on Broadway. Disney on Broadway came to life when Disney Entertainment decided to pair up the charm of Disney’s fantasy and the legacy of Broadway in 1993. Since then, Disney on Broadway has brought to life theatrical versions of classics like The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast. Today, the Disney on Broadway Tour which takes you through all that happens behind the scenes is a much sought after experience in NYC. Here's all you need to know about Disney on Broadway before going on the tour!
Disney On Broadway - A Quick Timeline
Disney on Broadway Tour
Although, wholesome family fun isn't the first thing one expects when visiting New York City, this Disney on Broadway Tour can readily eclipse your last family recess. Behind the Magic with New Amsterdam Theatre tour is the ultimate way to augment your Disney on Broadway experience. Here are the highlights of this tour:
- Visit the fabled Broadway theatres that have witnessed the birth of some of the greatest Disney on Broadway hits ever.
- Accompany the in-house historian to an all access tour of the New Amsterdam Theatre.
- Rediscover your childhood at the Prop Studio within the New Amsterdam Theatre, where you can acquaint yourself with the original set pieces and costumes of the renowned Disney on Broadway musicals
- Find the most popular haunts of Broadway cast and crew and hear our Broadway Insider guide reveal unbelievable behind the scenes anecdotes.
- Fathom the magnanimity of a Disney on Broadway production with exclusive insights from our guide.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Disney on Broadway package includes headsets for all individuals so that you don’t have to miss any detail as you gape at the spectacles around you.
Disney on Broadway Tour Tickets : Behind the Magic with New Amsterdam Theatre
Disney on Broadway Tour Tickets
Created in collaboration with Disney Theatrical Group, this tour takes you behind the magic at the New Amsterdam Theatre; entering when the theatre is closed for a special guided tour.
Disney on Broadway’s Hits and Misses Over The Years
From Best to Worst, here's a list of Disney Productions on Broadway over the years. If you're traveling with kids to NYC, make sure to catch a Disney on Broadway show!
Broadway Run: November 13, 1997 to Present (7500+ performances)
Director: Julie Taymor
The biggest Disney on Broadway success was also the riskiest at its time. An artsy off Broadway director was trusted with bringing this animated classic to stage, and it blew every critic and viewers’ mind. It captivates you right from the beginning with its ‘Circle of Life’ chant and then stays with you forever.
Broadway Run: March 20, 2014 to Present (2000+ performances)
Director: Casey Nicholaw
One of the Disney on Broadway shows that is still garnering a lot of attention, Aladdin was noted for its portrayal of Genie, that is very far from what we saw on screen. Aladdin features the classic numbers from the film and adds a few more to bring you every bit of magic you think you can experience.
Broadway Run: March 22, 2018 to Present (100+ performances)
Director: Grandage and Ashford
The megahit remained on the cards for a Broadway adaptation for 4 years. When it finally opened, it featured a much deeper exploration of the princess’s psyches that appealed to adult audiences in particular. It has retained the trademark ‘Let It Go’, ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman’ numbers.
Beauty and the Beast
Broadway Run: April 18, 1994 to July 29, 2007 (5461 performances)
Director: Robert Jess Roth
The first Disney on Broadway presentation ever was a runaway hit not only because it was the audience’s first chance to see Disney screen to stage adaptation, but also because of its on-point costumes and assonant score. The ‘Be Our Guest’ rendition will keep you humming for weeks.
Broadway Run: November 16, 2006 to March 3, 2013 (2619 performances)
Director: Richard Eyre
Although the Disney on Broadway presentation had quite a few departures from the 1964 feature, it’s charming innocence was retained. You will definitely take home the immaculate choreography of this presentation as well as the unreal artistry involved in the presentation. The musical numbers will dwell in your mind as well.
The Little Mermaid
Broadway Run: January 10, 2008 to August 30, 2009 (685 performances)
Director: Francesca Zambello
The Disney on Broadway adaptation put the actors on roller skates in order to mime the underwater gliding movement, and was technically quite sophisticated. However, it never created the buzz anywhere close to the original movie. The best part of the show is probably its rendition of ‘Part of Your World’.
Broadway Run: May 10, 2006 to July 8, 2007 (486 performances)
Director: Bob Crowley
If there ever was a Disney on Broadway failure, it is this. Even with a lot of flying about going on, the show was mainly brought down by its arduous music rendered by Phil Collins. The on stage version retains everything that is essentially Tarzan. Its failure to adapt to Broadway is what spelt doom for it.
Ready for a Disney on Broadway Tour?
Grab your tickets for the Exclusive Disney on Broadway: Behind the Magic with New Amsterdam Theatre here, or check out the currently running Disney on Broadway shows .