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Extra! Extra! Newsies Comes to Broadway!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Mar 30, 2012 8:00 PM

Stop the presses! It’s time to seize the day!

Today, Newsies is making headlines everywhere as it premiered in the bright lights of Broadway in New York City last night! Heralded by The New York Times as “a stirring crowd-pleaser!” and praised as a “smash hit,” “triumphant,” and “high-spirited, good old-fashioned show” by Daily News, Newsies is set to be another roaring success from Disney on Broadway.

Disney on Broadway
The musical features a score by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, the genius behind the classic songs from such animated Disney films as Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, and Jack Feldman. The stage version introduces several brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including ‘Carrying the Banner, ‘Seize the Day,’ ‘King of New York’ and ‘Santa Fe.’

Based on the beloved 1992 Disney movie musical of the same name, Newsies features a highly-talented and seasoned cast, from Jeremy Jordan (West Side Story, Rock of Ages) to John Dossett (Gypsy, Mamma Mia). Read a synopsis of the show from Disney on Broadway’s official site:

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teen aged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.

We have some awesome photos from the show plus a behind-the-scenes video with the cast. The show looks amazing and the actors are quite the characters!

“The Rally” – Jeremy Jordan (center) and the cast of NEWSIES.  Photo by Deen van Meer.
“The World Will Know” – Jeremy Jordan (center) and the cast of NEWSIES.  Photo by Deen van Meer
Aaron J. Albano (L) and Jess LeProtto (R) with the cast of NEWSIES.  Photo by Deen van Meer
Jeremy Jordan (center) and the cast of NEWSIES.  Photo by Deen van Meer
Jeremy Jordan in NEWSIES.  Photo by Deen van Meer
Kara Lindsay and Jeremy Jordan in NEWSIES.  Photo by Deen van Meer.
Kara Lindsay and the cast of NEWSIES.  Photo by Deen van Meer
The company of NEWSIES.  Photo by Deen van Meer
The ensemble of NEWSIES.  Photo by Deen van Meer
 

And now for a fun fact! Did you know that Newsies is inspired by the real life ‘Newsboys Strike of 1899’ that lasted from July 20th to August 2nd? The leader of the strike was newsboy “Kid Blink,” a one-eyed young man who rallied a band of orphan and runaway newsies in Brooklyn and refused to distribute the papers of powerful newspaper publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. The Spanish-American War caused increases in newspaper sales, resulting in many publishers raising the cost of a newsboy bundle of 100 newspapers from 50 to 60 cents – a price increase that did not sit well with the newsies! After holding out for 2 weeks, the strike ended with a compromise: Pulitzer and Hearst’s publications agreed to buy back all unsold copies of the newspapers from the newsies.

Newsboys from 1899
So how about it, Buzz readers? Are you just going to “read all about it,” or get out there and see the action on Broadway for yourselves? The show looks fantastic!

Newsies Broadway Poster
Hot off the presses of The Buzz!

Liz

Flashback Friday! Disney on Broadway

By Official Disney Store Blogger,

Bright lights, fantastic sets, monumental musical performances—there is nothing quite like the magic and excitement of Broadway! For anyone who has seen a Broadway performance, I’m sure the common opinion is that it was absolutely spectacular. So much talent and imagination in one space!

Broadway NYC
It is no wonder that The Walt Disney Company, a company that stands for imagination and storytelling, decided to take its place amidst the production companies of Broadway. The result was Disney Theatrical Group, the stageplay and musical production segment of The Walt Disney Company, known as Disney on Broadway in New York City.

Disney Theatrical Group launched its Broadway debut in 1994 with the acclaimed Beauty and the Beast, quickly establishing for itself a stage reputation as creating some of the most critically popular and awe-inspiring performances in the industry. The performance would run continuously until 2007, becoming the eighth-longest show run in Broadway history at 5,461 performances.

Beauty and the Beast on Broadway
Beauty and the Beast on Stage
The stage adaptation of The Lion King quickly followed in 1997, arguably becoming Disney Theatrical’s most popular production as one of the highest grossing musicals on Broadway and winning the 1998 Tony for Best Musical. Closely after The Lion King’s booming success, the first original production from the company written by Elton John and Tim Rice, Aida, officially opened on March 23, 2000. Aida would run for a total of 1,852 performances and win four Tony Awards—Best Actress, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Music.

The Lion King on Broadway
Disney Theatrical's The Lion King
Aida on Broadway
Countless other productions and musicals from Disney Theatrical followed these fantastic initial successes of the company, from The Little Mermaid and Tarzan to Mary Poppins and even a run of High School Musical stage adaptations. My sister and I were very fortunate to watch Mary Poppins in New York this past summer (during the same trip where we visited Disney Store Times Square!) and were completely wonderstruck by the fun, excitement, talent, and ultimately magic of the performance. Disney on Broadway is an experience that everyone absolutely needs to have at least once!

Sisters on Broadway!
Always striving to create even more spectacular and inspiring shows, Disney Theatrical Group has a number of productions up their sleeves. There are talks of stage adaptations of more classic animated Disney films, including Dumbo and The Jungle Book. A Broadway musical version of Alice in Wonderland is also said to be in early development stages, with Tim Burton and screenwriter Linda Woolverton to adapt the hit 2010 film version of the story into a stage-ready performance.

Alice in Wonderland- Coming to Broadway?
Can you imagine seeing Dumbo fly across the stage and over the audience? As my favorite character, I will be first in line to see Dumbo when it comes to Broadway!

Most recently, Disney on Broadway developed a stage version of the classic 1992 Disney movie, Newsies. In fact, the show is premiering on Broadway TODAY! We have some awesome exclusive photos and great video footage from the amazing cast on set, so stay tuned for our follow-up Disney on Broadway post.

“The World Will Know” – Jeremy Jordan (center) and the cast of NEWSIES.  Photo by Deen van Meer
Broadway really is a magical place! How many of you have seen a Disney Theatrical performance or are planning to go see one? Which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments section!

Give my regards to Broadway!

Liz

Announcing our Disney Store Twitter Giveaway Winner and Recapping the 25th!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Mar 29, 2012 11:00 AM

Phew! We are completely tuckered out from all of the 25th Anniversary celebrations! So much fun!

But first, I am very excited to announce the winner of our 25th Anniversary World of Disney Prize Pack sponsored by our Disney Store Twitter! Hearty congratulations to Annie Tennis of Columbus, IN! Annie will be taking home all of the totally awesome 25th Anniversary product below, valued at over $500!

25th Anniversary World of Disney Prize Pack

We hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating Disney Store’s 25th Anniversary yesterday! Take a look at our photo recap below of all the festivities. You may even spot a celebrity in there!

Delicious treats for the 25th

Delicious 25th Anniversary-themed treats! Each brownie was stamped with Disney Store's 25th Anniversary logo.

25th Treats

Kelli Berglund in Silver Mickey Ears
Recognize these famous faces? Some of our favorite celebrities joined in on the 25th festivities!

Leah Remini in Silver Mickey Ears

Disney Store Cast Members 1987

Wow! The uniforms of Disney Store Cast Members sure have changed since these blue varsity sweaters!

Disney Store Headquarters 25th Celebration
Disney Store Headquarters celebrated 25 years of Magical Memories!

25th In Store Fun

Many, many thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate 25 years of creating magical moments and countless smiles. We couldn't have done it without you! 

How many of you visited a Disney Store for the 25th? Tell me your favorite 25th Anniversary moments!

Liz

New ‘Phineas & Ferb’ Disney Gift Card Available Online

By Official Disney Store Blogger,

“Phineas & Ferb” fans, what are you going to do today? How about checking out the new Disney Gift Card that’s going to make you say, “Oh, there you are Perry!”

Phineas & Ferb Teal Takeover
That’s right! The new card called “Teal Takeover” features Agent P, a.k.a. Perry the Platypus, glaring straight at you. With a bold look in his eyes, this “semi-aquatic, egg-laying mammal of action” looks as if he is on alert for someone like the evil Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz to make his move.

 Before arriving to check out Agent P's World Showcase Adventure coming to Epcot this summer, fans will be able to kick-off their OWCA (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) mission from home with this cool Disney Gift Card that doubles as a souvenir!

While on the hunt for Agent P, don’t forget to check out the “Phineas & Ferb” gift card featuring the boys brainstorming over an innovative summer project while that sly platypus sits by innocently under the guise of the lovable Perry. 

Phineas & Ferb Gift Card
Get yours today at DisneyGiftCard.com! Check out some awesome Phineas & Ferb gear from Disney Store that'll get you ready for your own secret mission!

Mini Bean Bag Phineas PlushMini Bean Bag Ferb Plush

Phineas & Ferb Perry Tee for BoysPhineas & Ferb Perry Tee for Girls

25th Anniversary Celebrations at Disney Store Headquarters

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Mar 28, 2012 4:32 PM

Celebrating the 25th at Disney Store Headquarters

 

25% Off for the 25th

HAPPY 25th ANNIVERSARY DISNEY STORE!

By Official Disney Store Blogger,

Thank You for 25 Magical Years!
Don’t forget to head out to your local Disney Store for all the festivities! There are super fun events happening all day in Disney Stores!

Remember, the first 250 Guests to visit each Disney Store location nationwide will receive a FREE pair of silver commemorative Mickey Mouse Ears!

And for today only, enjoy 25% off your entire purchase happening in-store and online! Use special promotion code HAPPY25 or click ­here to print out your coupon!

Be sure to tweet your photos of the 25th Anniversary celebrations to us @DisneyStore and use hashtag #magical25. We want to see pictures of you and your friends and family in those awesome silver Mickey Ears and in stores nationwide!

 

Happy 25th!

Happy 25th Anniversary, from The Buzz!

25th Anniversary, Day 1: Complete Celebration Details

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Mar 27, 2012 10:15 AM

Tomorrow is the big day! It’s Disney Store’s 25th Anniversary!!

Disney Store's 25th Anniversary!
The day is sure to be chalk full of excitement, fun, and festivities as Disney Stores across the nation are hosting a complete day of activities for the whole family!

Some of the awesome things to look for tomorrow:

First 250 Guests to visit each Disney Store location nationwide will receive a FREE pair of exclusive Silver Mickey Ears!

25th Mickey Ears
Join the 25th Anniversary celebration! Enjoy 25% off your entire purchase on March 28th ONLY!

25% Off for the 25th!
All-day events happening in Disney Stores across the nation! Fun for the whole family!

All-day Activities!
Don’t forget to wear your Disney Store party hats!

Disney Store Party Hats!

These events are available at most Disney Stores nationwide, but be sure to call your local Disney Store to confirm participation and event scheduling beforehand. And take note that all in-store events are subject to change. Use our Disney Store Locator to find a Disney Store near you.

Purchase the 25th Anniversary Special Edition Resin Mickey Vinylmation! This exclusive figurine is unique in that no two pieces are exactly alike!

25th Anniversary Resin Mickey Vinylmation

We are so excited!! Are you?? What are you most looking forward to tomorrow?

IT’S TOMORROW!

Liz


25th Anniversary, Day 2: Stickers, Stories, and Smiles!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Mar 26, 2012 10:30 AM

It’s the start of an exciting week for Disney Store! Our 25th Anniversary is just around the corner!

This past weekend was our final Saturday 25th Anniversary event, Stickermania & Storytelling, and what a success it was! You all proved that you have quite the imaginations, creating unique Disney Store party stories and decorating them with stickers of our favorite Disney characters. Disney Stores everywhere were bursting with creativity! Take a look at the action below!

Stickermania & Storytelling
Stickermania & Storytelling
Stickermania & Storytelling

Stickermania & Storytelling

Stickermania & Storytelling
We have finally arrived at the home stretch our 25 Days of Disney Store Magic countdown, and we couldn’t be more excited for our 25th Anniversary Celebration extravaganza! Be sure to check back at The Buzz tomorrow for complete details on the festivities happening on March 28th-- you definitely won’t want to miss out on all the fun!

25th Confetti1 more day to go!

Liz


25th Anniversary, Day 3: Disney Princess Dolls Past & Present

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Mar 25, 2012 9:00 AM

Happy Sunday, Buzz Readers!

There is not a group more sweet, elegant, intelligent, kind, loving, and charming as the lovely Disney Princesses! From the curious Ariel, to the brave Mulan, the Disney Princesses have always proven to carry themselves with grace and poise. It is no wonder we love them all so much!

Disney's Lovely PrincessesDisney Store has always loved its princesses, featuring them in a number of products. It is our dolls, however, that will take the spotlight in today’s post! The lovely Disney princesses have remained iconic in their appearances since they first appeared in the classic animated films. But their doll designs have definitely changed to reflect the times! 

Take a look below at the different dolls that have appeared in Disney Stores. See if you can spot any that you have!

Disney Store Singing Dolls Snow White
Hold the hand of our singing Disney Princess Dolls and hear the original voice from the classic animated Disney films sing their signature songs!

Disney Animators' Collection Toddler Dolls

Legendary Disney Animators Glen Keane and Mark Henn designed the sweet-faced toddler versions of the Disney Princesses in this ever-popular collection.

Disney Store Limited Edition Bell Doll
Disney Store's Limited Edition Princess Dolls are always a classic hit with Guests. Seeing the intricate detail and stunning design in the dolls, it's no surprise that these collectors items are so popular!

Once a princess, always a princess! Disney Store today continues to craft beautiful Disney Princess dolls, from our gorgeous and exquisite Limited Edition Dolls to the ever-popular and adorable Animators’ Collection Dolls. We always have new and exciting dolls to offer every princess-to-be!

Tell me, Buzz readers—do you have a Disney Princess collection? Which is your favorite princess?

2 days to go!

Liz


25th Anniversary, Day 4: Retro Rewind! 1987 Disney Commercial Campaign

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Mar 24, 2012 9:00 AM

Imagine—your team has just won one of the biggest sports games in the world, the Super Bowl. Amidst all the chaos and excitement, someone asks you, “You’ve just won the Super Bowl, what are you going to do next?!”

So… what would you do next??

For many, the answer has been an easy one—they would go to Disneyland and Disney World! In fact, athletes and celebrities have been exclaiming this for decades. Today, this slogan has manifested itself a series of commercials featuring a whole range of famous faces. But how did it all begin?

Past Disney CEO, Michael Eisner, claims in his 1998 memoir Work in Progress that his wife, Jane, is to be credited with the idea for the campaign. In a dinner celebrating the 1987 grand opening of Star Tours with pilots Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeagar, the first pilots to fly around the world without stopping or refueling, Jane Eisner asked the pair what they planned to do next. The reply she received was, “Well, we’re going to Disneyland.”

1987 Star Tours Opening
1987 Star Tours grand opening in Disneyland, around the time when Jane Eisner heard the iconic phrase that would become a Disney commercial campaign.

The phrase stuck, and weeks later Disney premiered their first commercial featuring the infamous line. Featuring New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, the commercial recaps the moments after the Giants had just clenched a victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. In all the excitement, a voice asks Phil what he is doing next, and he replies with the phrase first uttered by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeagar, “I’m going to Disney World!”

 Take a look at some examples of the advertising campaign launched by Disney, starting with Phil Simms in 1987 and even featuring American Idol winner David Cook!

 

 

 

 

Drew Brees Disney Parade
Drew Brees riding in the Disney World Parade after winning the Super Bowl, a new tradition for Super Bowl MVPs.

Today, this iconic phrase is used in a number of films, television shows, and live interviews. You may have heard it in an episode of Full House when Stephanie wins a slot machine jackpot, in the movie Con Air, or even referenced in Disney’s very own Aladdin in the scene when the Genie asks Aladdin, “You’ve just won the heart of the princess! What are you going to do next?” And for good reason! It’s hard to imagine a better place to celebrate than the happiest place on earth!

Genie and Aladdin
"You've just won the heart of the princess! What are you going to do next?"

Have any of you heard someone utter this famous phrase? Or have you heard it used in a famous movie or on television? Even better, have you said it yourself?

3 days to go!

Liz