A Disney spokesperson confirmed that On the Record — co-conceived by director Robert Longbottom and Disney's Thomas Schumacher — will play the Cleveland theatre through Nov. 21 before launching a national tour. Although no New York dates have been announced, the revue may end up on Broadway at a later date. Longbottom, who received a 2003 Best Choreographer Tony Award nomination for Flower Drum Song, will helm the new production.
On the Record features songs from the Disney canon — both from classic Disney films and Disney's Broadway outings — and will be set in a recording studio. Over 50 songs comprise On the Record, including tunes from "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Tarzan," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Sleeping Beauty," "Dumbo," "Peter Pan," "Pinocchio," "Lady and the Tramp," "Cinderella" and "Snow White."
In a statement, producer Schumacher said, "With On the Record we hope to introduce an entire new generation to the music that has captured the hearts of people for the past 70 years, all performed live on stage with a talented group of singers, dancers and musicians." The creative team will also feature Natasha Katz (lighting), Robert Brill (scenery), Gregg Barnes (costumes), David Chase (musical supervision and arrangements) and Chad Beguelin (scenarist).
Since debuting on Broadway a decade ago with Beauty and the Beast, Disney Theatrical has also presented two other current musicals, Aida and The Lion King. Disney's upcoming projects include Mary Poppins (in a joint production with Cameron Mackintosh), Little Mermaid and Tarzan.
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