Steve Fickinger, Tony-Winning ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Producer, Dies at 62
Steve Fickinger, who received a Tony Award for producing the blockbuster musical Dear Evan Hansen after helping bring Newsies and The Lion King to Broadway as a Disney executive, has died. He was 62. Fickinger died suddenly Friday at his home in Laguna Beach, his niece Jessica Roy announced. As director of creative development for Walt […]
Gilbert Gottfried, Controversial Comedian With the Shrillest of Voices, Dies at 67
Gilbert Gottfried, the high-strung comedian with the shrill voice known for his performances equal parts chaotic, clever and crude, died Tuesday, his family revealed. He was 67. “We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” his family said in a statement. “In addition to being the most […]
Broadway’s ‘Aladdin’ Resumes Performances at New Amsterdam Theatre Following Breakthrough COVID Cases
Disney Theatrical has announced that Aladdin on Broadway will resume performances Thursday at the New Amsterdam Theatre after canceling the previous night’s show due to COVID-19 breakthrough cases among the cast. The news comes just a day after the production canceled its Wednesday, Sept. 29, performance when breakthrough COVID-19 cases were detected within the company, […]
Broadway’s ‘Aladdin’ Cancels Performance Due to Breakthrough COVID-19 Cases
Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway canceled Wednesday night’s performance due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases, just one day after the show reopened for the first time in 18 months. “Through our rigorous testing protocols, breakthrough COVID-19 cases have been detected with the company of Aladdin at The New Amsterdam Theatre. Because the wellness and safety of our […]
Disney to Release Princess Wedding Gown Collection
Brides will soon be able to dress like Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Tiana and Snow White in an official Disney and Allure Bridals wedding dress collection.
‘Aladdin 2’ in the Works With ‘Flight,’ ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Writers
A sequel to the 2019 blockbuster 'Aladdin' is in the the works at Disney, with the studio hiring scribes John Gatins ('Flight,' 'Real Steel') and Andrea Berloff ('Straight Outta Compton,' 'The Kitchen') tapped to plot the new course.
Japan’s Box Office Hit All-Time High in 2019
The Japanese box office jumped more than 17 percent to a record $2.39 billion (261 billion yen) in 2019, with admissions up more than 15 percent to 194,910, the highest attendance since 1971. Hollywood films had their best showing since 2004 with $1.1 billion.
Disney Directing Duo Reflect on Creating ‘Aladdin’ Genie With Robin Williams: “A Marvel to Witness”
Ron? Clements and John? Musker — who each be feted with Winsor McCay Awards, honoring career achievements, at Saturday's Annie Awards ceremony — discuss crafting some of the studio's most revered tales, from 'The Little Mermaid' to 'Moana.'
James Mangold Urges Hollywood to Be “Skeptical of Spectacle”
'Ford v Ferrari' helmer James Mangold on Wednesday warned that Hollywood needs to be “skeptical of spectacle” as he accepted the Harold Lloyd Award during the Advanced Imaging Society's 11th annual Lumiere Awards, where 'Avengers: Endgame' and 'Frozen 2' were among the winners.
‘Aladdin’ Spinoff Featuring Prince Anders in the Works at Disney+ (Exclusive)
An 'Aladdin' spinoff featuring Prince Anders (Billy Magnussen) is in the works for Disney+.
How Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Helped ‘Aladdin’ Composer Create Jasmine’s First Solo Song
Working with Alan Menken, who composed songs and the score for the original 'Aladdin,' 'Dear Evan Hansen' duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul created "Speechless," a tune that brings to life Princess Jasmine's desire to be heard.
Mena Massoud Says He Hasn’t Had a “Single Audition” Since ‘Aladdin’
For Mena Massoud, starring as the lead of a movie that earned a billion dollars hasn't led to instant Hollywood success.