Discover more about Disney musicals, including ‘Frozen’ and ‘The Lion King’
Experiencing the Disney magic in the West End and on Broadway is a feeling like nothing else. Disney musicals like The Lion King have often been the first experiences of live theatre for younger theatregoers, with their songs, staging and costumes bringing the movies to real life.
Now, with Frozen charming audiences in London, as well as touring productions of Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Beauty and the Beast in the UK, it’s clear that the Disney charm continues to shine. We spoke to Disney Theatrical President Thomas Schumacher about the influx of Disney musicals on both sides of the pond, as well as Disney musical facts which you may not know. Discover more to your favourite Disney musicals on TodayTix.
Beauty and the Beast
New songs have been added to Beauty and the Beast
When Toni Braxton made her Broadway debut as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, a new song was added in to the show as part of her contract. The song “A Change in Me” was written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice for Braxton, and has remained part of the show ever since.
The Beauty and the Beast touring production has undergone some hefty changes
Did you know that four pages have been cut from Beauty and the Beast in the new UK tour, to keep the musical fresher. Songs and material are being cut and changed regularly, so you’ll have to see Beauty and the Beast to see the latest version.
Belle’s look has changed
Belle no longer looks like the original Disney princess. She doesn’t wear an apron the entire time, and wears glasses when she reads.
The Lion King
The Lion King is now a shorter musical
When The Lion King first premiered on Broadway in 1994, the musical ran for 2 hours and 45 minutes, including an intermission. On the show’s 10th anniversary in 2004, 12 minutes of dialogue and music was cut from the show, tightening the musical for a slicker feel.
Did you know a new song was added to Frozen?
When Frozen was about to open on Broadway, Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote a song called “True Love” for the end of Act Two. However, the song didn’t work so it never made it to the stage; however when the U.S. national tour was starting, the writing team penned a new song for the beginning of the second act for the sisters to sing together called “I Can’t Lose You,” which is now in the London production as well.
Did you know that “Let It Go” is reimagined for different audiences?
If you were to watch videos of Frozen in different countries, Elsa’s anthem is reimagined. There’s a German version, a Japanese version and a tour version.
The song “Hygge” is reconceived in Holland
Ahead of Frozen in Holland, the musical number “Hygge” is being edited. “Hygge” is being reworked due to the different Dutch cultures, and we can’t wait to see the new take!
Elsa wears trousers on stage
In Frozen, Elsa doesn’t always wear dresses. The ice dress is pretty iconic, but in the second act, Elsa needs something to wear that lends her strength when she’s fighting for her sister. She also has to wear clothes when she’s in custody, so wearing pants would be more practical.
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid script was being rewritten every night
When The Little Mermaid was on Broadway, one section of Sherie Rene Scott’s material as Ursula, three days in a row. And finally, she just took a pen and wrote it on her glove. She put tape on the glove and then wrote over the tape and then she could peel it off.