The AP is reporting that with a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, “The Lion King” stage musical is now the top box office draw in any media in all time. The show took over that claim from “The Phantom of the Opera” this summer who congratulated The Lion King by calling the Disney show “The Pride of Broadway.”
Speaking on the milestone Thomas Schumacher, president and producer at Disney Theatrical Productions said, “It’s difficult not to become emotional at this realization of the show’s impact. Our goal then was to tell the story purely and theatrically so that audiences could feel it in their heart. And, to this day, that is the audience experience whether they see the show in Madrid; Appleton, Wisconsin; South Africa; Tokyo or Broadway. Of that, we are deeply proud.”
The Lion King premiered on Broadway in 1997. It is directed by Julie Taymor, the musical features songs by Elton John and lyrics from Tim Rice.
ESPN announced today it has added two additional Major League Baseball Postseason Impact Games to its schedule. On Tuesday, September 23, Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles will visit Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Orioles have clinched the American League East and are jockeying for home field advantage, while the Yankees are still alive in the AL Wild Card hunt. Jon Sciambi will provide commentary with analyst Rick Sutcliffe and reporter Doug Glanville. This will be a full national telecast.
On Wednesday, September 24, Buster Posey and the San Francisco Giants will visit Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers on ESPN at 10 p.m. The Giants are currently tied for the NL Wild Card lead, while the Dodgers are looking to clinch the NL West. The Sunday Night Baseball crew – Dan Shulman, analysts John Kruk and Curt Schilling, and reporter Buster Olney – will call the action. This will also be a full national telecast. Both Postseason Impact Games will be available via WatchESPN.
ESPN’s Postseason Impact Games are a highlight under the company’s new multiplatform rights agreement with Major League Baseball, which went into effect this season.
From September 22 through September 28, Disney Store is offering t-shirts commemorating the Submarine Voyage attraction at Disneyland and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at the Magic Kingdom.
In celebration and anticipation of ABC’s premiere week, cast members and executives from “Once Upon A Time” will be in attendance at the Premiere Screening Event on Sunday, September 21st at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.
The Walt Disney Studios announced that Oakes Fegely and Oona Laurence will star in a modern reinvention of Pete’s Dragon. Fegely will portray the title character, with Laurence as Natalie, a new role created for this new iteration of the 1977 musical, which combined live-action and animation. No release date has been announced.
Walt Disney World has announced that in order to make way for the new experiences, the last day of operation for the Studio Backlot Tour will be September 27. A portion of the Studio Backlot Tour will be used to extend the magic of “Frozen” during this holiday season, which was previously announced. One of the most popular elements of Frozen Summer Fun, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, will be relocating to the Streets of America spot and will continue to operate closer to the popular “For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration.”
Beyond this, no announcement has been made about what will occupy the space in the future.
Disneyland has announced that the interactive experience Legends of Frontierland will be ending September 27. Previously, the experience was scheduled to end at the beginning of the month, but was extended with what was an undetermined end date.
Disneyland promises that the final day will include special events and surprises.
No word on what will take place inside the Golden Horseshoe following the conclusion of Legends of Frontierland.
Following Mayim Bialik’s criticism of Frozen, Co-host of The View Rosie O’Donnell blasted the Blossom star for not liking the movie. Rosie said Frozen is her favorite Disney movie (apparently topping Tarzan which featured O’Donnell) and she said she had seen the film 250 times and knows every word. Rosie then gave everyone in the audience a copy of Frozen on home video.
NEWSIES is getting ready to hit the streets with its first North American Tour! Join cast members Dan DeLuca (Jack Kelly), Stephanie Styles (Katherine), Ben Cook, Nico DeJesus, Sky Flaherty, and Michael Ryan as they sit down and answer your questions LIVE!
Tune in to the live stream this Saturday at 7PM EST at NewsiesTheMusical.com/Chat to meet the new cast! You can submit your questions on Twitter using #NewsiesOnTour.
Garnering unprecedented buzz from all corners of the comic book industry, Marvel is proud to announce that EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 has sold out less than 24 hours of its release and will immediately head back to press for a second printing. You heard right, Gwen Stacy: The Sensational Spider-Woman will be swinging back into a comic shop near you as fans can’t get enough of this instant fan-favorite! She’s smart, charming and can lift a car – and she’s ready to enter the Spider-Verse arena in a big way! Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi craft an exciting new spider-tale that has critics everywhere raving.
“Face it Marvel, you hit the jackpot” – ComicBook.com
“…everything you didn’t know you wanted in a Spider-book” – Comic Book Resources
“This comic had pretty tremendous expectations set by readers ahead of time, and luckily, it lives up to them in full” – IGN.com
“10/10” – ComicVine.com
“Marvel promises that we’ll see Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman again in Amazing Spider-Man #9 – if she sticks around after that, you won’t find me complaining.” – Nerdist
As the Spider-Verse looms, meet one of its breakout stars as Gwen Stacy swings headlong into the biggest Spider-Man event of all time. Now is your chance to experience the issue that has everyone raving! Be there when Gwen Stacy dons her hood as Spider-Woman one more time as EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 returns to comic shops in October!