This classic was the first Disney animated feature to be made into a live stage musical by Disney Theatricals, and was a storming success.
Directed by: Robert Jess Roth
Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book: Linda Woolverton
Scenic Design: Stan Meyer
Lighting Design: Natasha Katz
Costume Design: Anne Hould-Ward
Choreography: Matt West
Illusion Design: Jim Steinmeyer
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Palace Theatre, Broadway (18 April 1994 – 5 September 1999)
The musical opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on April 18, 1994 and ran there until September 5, 1999, transferring to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 11, 1999, with an official opening date of November 16, 1999. The musical closed on July 29, 2007 after 46 previews and 5,464 performances, and is Broadway’s eighth-longest running production in history (as of August 2011). The production holds the record of being the longest running production at both the Palace Theatre, where it opened, and the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where it closed its Broadway run.
Dominion Theatre, London (13 May 1997 – 11 December 1999)
The production was epic, costing £10 million. The backstage areas of the Dominion had to be expanded to accommodate the huge number (and size) of costumes. An extra multi-floor section was built onto the theatre to house costumes, wig department and laundry facilities. The section was still in use on We Will Rock You.