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All The Broadway Musicals Based On Disney Movies, Ranked 

Buster McDermott
Updated May 20, 2019 1.1k votes 302 voters 12.4k views 9 items

List Rules Only musicals based on Disney films that were performed on Broadway. Vote up the shows that best capture the movie magic.

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.

Which Broadway Disney musical is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up. 

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Authors / Creators: Alan Menken , Jack Feldman , Harvey Fierstein

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Authors / Creators: Mark Mancina , Elton John , Jay Rifkin , Hans Zimmer , Irene Mecchi , + more

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#5 of 204 The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked #6 of 65 The Best Tony Award Winning Musicalslisted on The Most Popular Broadway Musicals of All Time

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Authors / Creators: Alan Menken , Linda Woolverton , Howard Ashman , Tim Rice

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#17 of 204 The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked #26 of 65 The Best Tony Award Winning Musicalslisted on The Most Popular Broadway Musicals of All Time