ABOUT DISNEY MUSICAL THEATRE
Theatrical productions was formed in 1994 and operates under the
direction of Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher. The companys
inaugural production, Beauty and
the Beast, is now in its eighth year on Broadway.
In 1997, The
Walt Disney Company completed restoration of the historic New
Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street in New York City, reopening
with the world premiére concert of Alan Menken and Tim Rices
Later that same
year, Disney opened The Lion
King, which became the recipient of six 1998 Tony®
Awards, including Best Musical, as well as the 1998 Grammy®
Award for Best Musical Show Album. Now in its fourth
sold-out year on Broadway, The
Lion King can also currently be seen onstage in Los Angeles,
Toronto, Tokyo and Fukuoka.
Lion King opened in London in October 1999 and
received the Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the
Year and Oliver Awards for Best Costume Designer and Best
In 1999 Disney
premiéred its first new musical outside of the United States
when Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame
opened in Berlin. An adaptation of the Disney film The Hunchback
of Notre Dame, the show continues in its second year.
most recent production, Elton
John and Tim Rices Aida, opened on Broadway at the
Palace Theatre in March 2000, receiving four 2000 Tony®
Awards, including Best Music/Lyrics and was recently awarded the
2001 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album. A
North American tour of Aida
opened in Minneapolis in March 2001.