Disney's On the Record Ends National Tour July 31

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and Kenneth Jones
31 Jul 2005

The new Disney musical On the Record, which features songs from both classic Disney films and Disney's Broadway outings, plays its final performance July 31 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

On the Record kicked off its national tour Nov. 9, 2004, in Cleveland. Emily Skinner, who began the tour, was eventually succeeded by Kaitlin Hopkins. The final cast also includes Brian Sutherland, Ashley Brown and Andrew Samonsky with Leo Ash Evens, Meredith Inglesby, Keewa Nurullah and Ian Rhodes.

The musical played 285 performances during its 36-week tour, which traveled across the country to 24 cities. Over 350,000 people saw the musical, which "is the story of a recording session that changed the lives of a young unknown who is about to get her big break, a pop diva who is about to meet her match, and a matinee idol who is about to meet the 'new kid' who could take his place."

Sources close to the work when it was in development said that an early goal was to create real characters and tension within the studio recording concept of the show, but it was eventually watered down into a more general revue entertainment.

According to a production spokesperson, there are no immediate plans for a future Equity, non-Equity or licensing life for On the Record.



Directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom, the musical's creative team comprises Natasha Katz (lighting), Robert Brill (scenery), Gregg Barnes (costumes), David Chase (musical supervision and arrangements), Chad Beguelin (scenarist) and Acme Sound Partners (sound design).

A two-CD recording of the musical was recently released.