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    Disney Theatrical Productions makes plans

    Disney Theatrical Productions' 'Mary Poppins' will hit the road & 'Tarzan' blows out a candle

    Los Angeles and Chicago are both rumored to be eyed for the launch of a 'Mary Poppins' National tour in 2008. And Castmembers from 'Tarzan' will swing by to celebrate its one-year anniversary on Broadway Thursday, May 10th with a book signing of "Tarzan: The Broadway Adventure" in New York.

    Read more on these stories at:
    Mary Poppins Likely to Launch Tour in 2008
    http://www.playbill.com/news/article/107906.html

    Tarzan to Celebrate One Year on Broadway with Book Signing
    http://www.playbill.com/news/article/107909.html

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    Re: Disney Theatrical Productions makes plans

    Oh I love both of these shows!! I really hope that they tour so that more people can see and enjoy them.

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    Re: Disney Theatrical Productions makes plans

    oh mary poppins would be a great show, I hope they can bring it to la.

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    Re: Disney Theatrical Productions makes plans

    Tarzan Celebrates One Year on Broadway May 10

    By Andrew Gans
    Playbill.com
    10 May 2007


    Jenn Gambatese and Josh Strickland in Tarzan.

    The new Disney musical Tarzan celebrates its first year on Broadway May 10.

    In celebration of the anniversary, co-stars Josh Strickland (Tarzan), Jenn Gambatese (Jane) and Chester Gregory (Terk) as well as composer Phil Collins will join author Michael Lassell at the Barnes & Noble Lincoln Triangle (Broadway and 66th Street) at 12:30 PM. Lassell will read excerpts from his new tome, "Tarzan: The Broadway Adventure," and the cast members will perform a few songs from the musical. All four will be on hand to sign copies of Lassell's book.

    Tarzan — directed by Bob Crowley — plays Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it officially opened May, 10, 2006.

    The musical features a score by Phil Collins. Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang wrote the musical's book based on both the Disney film and the original Edgar Rice Burroughs story "Tarzan of the Apes." The creative team also includes Meryl Tankard (choreography), Pichón Baldinu (aerial design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), John Shivers (sound design), Paul Bogaev (music producer/vocal arrangements) and Doug Besterman (orchestrations).

    The musical currently features Josh Strickland as Tarzan, Jenn Gambatese as Jane, Merle Dandridge as Kala, Robert Evan as Kerchak, Chester Gregory II as Terk, Timothy Jerome as Professor Porter and Donnie Keshawarz as Clayton. Alex Rutherford and Dylan Riley Snyder alternate in the role of Young Tarzan. Tarzan, according to press notes, begins as "a shipwreck leaves an infant orphaned on the West African shore. The helpless baby is taken under the protection of a gorilla tribe and becomes part of their family. When he eventually encounters his first human — Jane Porter, a curious young explorer — both their worlds are transformed forever."
    The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located in Manhattan at 226 West 46th Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
    http://www.playbill.com/news/article/107949.html

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    Re: Disney Theatrical Productions makes plans

    Poppins Not Too Big to Tour; Schumacher Says Anything Can Happen


    By Kenneth Jones
    Playbill.com
    08 Jun 2007

    Ashley Brown in the Tony-nominated Best Musical Mary Poppins
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    One of the stars of the new Disney-Cameron Mackintosh production of Mary Poppins is the ambitious, bigger-than-life scenic design by 2007 Tony Award nominee Bob Crowley, who also designed the musical's costumes.

    The production at Broadway's New Amsterdam defies gravity in so many ways: the famed nanny (played by Ashley Brown) flies over the heads of theatregoers; chimney sweep Bert (2007 Tony nominee Gavin Lee) tap dances upside-down on the proscenium arch; an entire floor of the Banks household — the nursery — lowers from roof-level to eye-level; and the behemoth, oversize dollhouse home itself magically fades in and out.

    Surely, the massive 2007 Best Musical Tony nominee Mary Poppins is too big to have a touring life outside of Broadway.

    Disney Theatrical Productions' Thomas Schumacher has heard this song before. He subscribes to the show's philosophy that "Anything Can Happen." A planned fall 2008 tour is already in the works.

    "When we mounted Lion King, one of the first things people said to me was, 'Well, it works on Broadway, but you could never do this production anywhere else.'"

    Schumacher shrugged and added, "There are nine companies of Lion King playing tonight — you can see it in Japan, Korea, Johannesburg. There are two companies around [the U.S.], touring. We've toured to China, we've been in Australia . . . we've been able to take the show everywhere."

    For the developing national tour of Mary Poppins, Crowley "has created a magnificent set idea that creates many of the same stage pictures that you're seeing on stage here, but a whole different design approach to it," Schumacher explained. "There's a tour concept that works perfectly. Yes, it's a gigantic production, the reason you want to see it on Broadway, of course, is — you want to see the original big production of it. But, like our other shows, whether it's been Beauty and the Beast, whether it's been Aida or Tarzan — we just opened Tarzan in Amsterdam — there's always a way to reinvent these shows."

    Schumacher admitted that the Banks house — a multilevel Victorian beehive — is a challenge, but not an obstacle.

    "There's a 27-ton house onstage," he said. "The big idea for Bob Crowley's set was, 'How do you go from the world of the Banks family at No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane and then strike the whole house and be in a park — be in a vast, open fantasy space — and then be back in the house?' That's the trick of his set. I think for most people, it never occurs to them: You've just seen a house materialize and then disappear. We have figured out a way to do it on the road."

    Bob Crowley is a three-time 2007 Tony Award nominee: For Mary Poppins (in the categories of Best Costume Design of a Musical and Best Scenic Design of a Musical) and for Lincoln Center Theater's The Coast of Utopia (for Best Scenic Design of a Play, a nomination he shares with co-designer Scott Pask).
    http://www.playbill.com/news/article/108641.html

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