Disney Theatrical Productions is getting into the podcast business. The company has released the first episode of The Official Disney on Broadway Podcast, a six-episode pilot series that will include interviews and behind-the-scenes stories of Disney’s stage musicals.
The first episode was released February 13, and can be downloaded free from iTunes.
Episode One tells the story behind the Broadway production of the 2012 musical Newsies and its filming for theatrical release through interviews with original cast members Kara Lindsay (Katherine), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Crutchie), Ben Fankhauser (Davey), the show’s director Jeff Calhoun, and Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions. The live-action film of Newsies, which was shot onstage in Los Angeles in September 2016, will be screened in cinemas across the U.S. February 16, 18, and 22 by Fathom Events.
“Through in-depth conversations with cast and creators, the podcast will reveal untold stories of the creation of these world class productions,” the company said in a statement.
Hosted by Patrick Hinds, creator, producer, and host of the podcasts Broadway Backstory and Theater People, the series will release a new episode for download every two weeks.
Upcoming episodes of The Official Disney on Broadway Podcast include featurettes on Aladdin, The Lion King, Freaky Friday, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The free podcast is available now for download on iTunes.