Disney on Broadway’s 25th Anniversary Concert to Stream Online


Newsies Disney 25th Concert
the cast of Newsies; photo by dirty sugar photography from Newsies' Facebook page

Featuring songs from Newsies, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, and more!

Disney on Broadway’s 25th Anniversary Concert will be streaming online to raise money for Broadway Cares’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, which is helping those onstage, backstage, and behind the scenes impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Entitled Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway, the concert was presented onstage last November 4, 2019, with a cast of 79 performers and a 15-piece orchestra. It was able to raise $570,426 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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The streaming of that concert, which was originally scheduled on April 13, 7pm ET, was cancelled when Broadway Cares was unable to reach an agreement with the leadership of the American Federation of Musicians. It has now been rescheduled to April 17, 7pm ET (April 18, 7AM Philippine local time), after the American Federation of Musicians dropped its opposition to the stream.

The concert features performances from Jelani Alladin, Sierra Boggess, Christian Borle, Ashley Brown, Kerry Butler, Lauryn Ciardullo, Gavin Creel, Merle Dandridge, Lindiwe Dlamini, Bongi Duma, Susan Egan, Andrew Barth Feldman, Bradley Gibson, Whoopi Goldberg, Mandy Gonzalez, April Holloway, James Monroe Iglehart, Adam Jacobs, Ramona Keller, Nina Lafarga, Tamika Lawrence, Norm Lewis, Kara Lindsay, Tshidi Manye, Sibusiso Ngema, Ashley Park, Adam Pascal, Krysta Rodriguez, Michael James Scott, Sherie Rene Scott, Kissy Simmons, Josh Strickland, Katie Terza, Marisha Wallace, Rema Webb, Alton Fitzgerald White and Syndee Winters. It also includes a reunion of 18 Newsies from the musical’s Broadway and national touring productions, and a performance by Broadway Inspirational Voices.

You can watch highlights from the November concert in the video below.

Ryan McCartan will be hosting the stream from his house and will be interviewing Disney on Broadway stars from their homes throughout the show.

The November concert was directed by Casey Hushion, with Jeff Lee and Tom Viola serving as executive producers. Other members of the creative team include James Abbott (music director, revised orchestrations), Jason Trubitt (production supervisor), Howard Joines (orchestra coordinator), Ryan J. O’Gara (lighting designer), and Kurt Fischer and Marie Renee Foucher (sound designers).

You can watch the stream when it goes live below.

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