September 19, 2021

‘Disney on Broadway: Live at The New Am’ concerts aim to revive New York City theater

NEW YORK — There’s extra proof Manhattan’s Theater District is slowly coming again to life, as the perfect tunes from Disney’s musicals are featured in 4 concerts known as “Disney on Broadway: Live at The New Am.”

The title references the New Amsterdam Theatre on forty second Road, which is the place I went this week to be taught extra.

There are 4 performances in whole beginning on Thursday, July 22, that includes the most-beloved hit songs from Disney’s Broadway reveals — together with “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Whole New World,” “Circle of Life,” and “Let it Go” — as carried out by Disney on Broadway stars Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Michael James Scott (Aladdin), Kissy Simmons (The Lion King) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan).

Famously, “the show must go on,” but it surely took some time earlier than that outdated saying might be true once more on Broadway after the longest shutdown in its historical past.

It is no surprise Scott was so excited after I caught up with him proper after his first rehearsal in 17 months.

“When we all got to see each other for the first time, there was a lot of emotion, a lot of tears,” he stated.

In spite of everything, theater is a bunch exercise that relies upon on collaboration, which hasn’t been attainable for nearly a 12 months and a half, so any reunion was certain to be emotional.

“It is crazy excitement.” Scott stated. “We are all just kind of in disbelief that we’re actually getting to re-open the New Amsterdam Theatre.”

It is the identical theater the place Scott was enjoying the Genie in Disney’s “Aladdin” when the pandemic compelled his present and all of the others to shut.

“(Broadway) is coming back,” he stated. “You can actually feel it around the city, the people, they know it’s coming back.”

He isn’t again in rehearsal for “Aladdin” — not but, at least — however Scott is brimming with enthusiasm for the upcoming collection of concerts.

“It’s just the intimacy of the music and us being right there in front of you on a Broadway stage,” he stated.

The new present resembles the intimate numbers seen at the identical theater in November 2019, when Disney Theatrical staged its twenty fifth anniversary present. A replay was streamed final 12 months as a profit for The Actors Fund, and this is identical charity that can profit once more.

“For me, it feels like some of my soul is back,” Scott stated.

Disney Theatrical is owned by the identical dad or mum firm this ABC station.

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