Disney has been iconic in establishing movie musicals, but did you know many Disney films had Broadway adaptations? Broadway musicals based on Disney movies are drawn from both live action and animated films. Whatever the source, stage musicals from Disney films often become as popular on stage as they did on the screen. Several popular Disney musicals have even won Tony Awards.
What Broadway shows will you find on this best Disney musicals list? The Lion King – based on the 1994 animated film of the same name – debuted on Broadway on Oct. 15, 1997. Just like the original movie, the live production featured music by Elton John and Tim Rice, as well as a score by Hans Zimmer. The Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design in 1994.
Frozen is the latest Disney movie coming to Broadway, with a scheduled debut of Spring 2018. Other good musicals based on Disney films include Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Mary Poppins.
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- 12840Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. Adapted from Walt Disney Pictures' Academy Award-winning 1991 animated... more
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- 10638Mary Poppins is a musical with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (the Sherman Brothers) and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and a script by... more
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