25 years of Disney on Broadway and the Tony’s

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In April 18, 1994 Beauty and the Beast open on Broadway. Since then Disney has converted 7 or 8 (if you count Hunchback) of their movies into Broadway musicals. As we draw closer to the 25th anniversary of Disney Theatrical Productions my mind keeps wondering what they could do to mark their entrance into the world of musical theater. I think one of the greater way to do this would be to create a segment for that years Tony Awards.

Tony Awards presentation.

For the opening of the segment a high ranking Disney official should come out and give a speech. While the speech should touch on the achievements of Disney Theatrical Productions it should mainly focus on the benefits of a stage production. It should not be a speech that says look at us but rather broadway is great.

“25 years ago Beauty and the Beast opened in the Palace Theater; since then Disney Theatrical Productions has staged X productions. The stage has allowed us to tell richer and deeper tales  then the screen permits. 

“For 25 years, you have welcomed us and we would like to like to say, Thank You for letting us be “Part of your World.”

And the music swells…

At this point the main portion of the segments would begin. The concept is that for each Movie/Production it will start with the original movie singing voice coming out and performing a few lines. Then the actress/actor that originated the role would enter and sing the same or complimentary song(s) from that production.

Little Mermaid – Jodi Benson – Part of your World

Beauty & the Beast –  Paige 0’Hara & Susan Egan or Terrence Mann singing A Change in Me or Beauty and the Beast

Aladdin – Lea Salonga/Brad Kane  & James Monroe Iglehart – Whole New World

Lion King – Ensemble 

As lovely as it would also be to add Mary Poppins into the mix that would be up to Julie Andrews if she would want to be included,

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Another path they could go is to make a more comedic number. My concept would be to have a pair of songs with a comedic touch that contrast the world of stage and screen. The number would open with a mock theater a lone figure sits in a row of theater chairs walking a screen. The figure stands to sing her thoughts about movies to the audience. 

Since I don’t have musical talent to write original music I will instead propose a parody of sorts first based off of Part of your World from Little Mermaid. The longing of this song to be part of something else inspired me to frame it as if a Broadway actress was singing about how she could go to Hollywood and be part of the movies.

Part of your world

Look at this trove
Treasures untold
How many wonders can one cavern hold?
Lookin’ around here you’d think
Sure
She’s got everything

I’ve got gadgets and gizmos of plenty
I’ve got whose-its and whats-its galore
You want thingamabobs?
I got twenty
But who cares?
No big deal
I want more

I wanna be where the people are
I wanna see, wanna see ’em dancin’
Walkin’ around on those—what do ya’ call ’em?—oh, feet.
Flippin’ your fins you don’t get too far
Legs are required for jumpin’, dancin’
Strollin’ along down a—what’s that word again?–street.

Up where they walk
Up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun
Wanderin’ free
Wish I could be
Part of that world

What would I give
If I could live
Out of these waters?
What would I pay
To spend a day
Warm on the sand?
Bet ya on land
They understand
Bet they don’t reprimand their daughters
Bright young women
Sick of swimming
Ready to stand

And I’m ready to know what the people know
Ask ’em my questions
And get some answers
What’s a fire and why does it—what’s the word?—burn?
When’s it my turn?
Wouldn’t I love
Love to explore that shore up above?
Out of the sea
Wish I could be
Part of that world

Out of the sea
Wish I could be
Part of your world

Watching that screen
The stories unfold
How many explosions can one movie hold
Looking up there you’d think
Sure
It’s got everything

I’ve got acclaim  and parts a plenty
I’ve got nominations and recognition galore
You want awards?
i’ve got 20.
But they don’t care,
no big deal
I want more

I want to be where the millions are
I want them to see me dancing
Wish I could be
up on that screen

Under the Sea/ Up on the screen

The seaweed is always greener

In somebody else’s lake

You dream about going up there

But that is a big mistake

Just look at the world around you

Right here on the ocean floor

Such wonderful things surround you

What more is you lookin’ for?

Under the sea

Under the sea

Darling it’s better

Down where it’s wetter

Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day

Out in the sun they slave away

While we devotin’

Full time to floatin’

Under the sea

Down here all the fish is happy

As off through the waves they roll

The fish on the land ain’t happy

They sad ’cause they in their bowl

But fish in the bowl is lucky

They in for a worser fate

One day when the boss get hungry

Guess who’s gon’ be on the plate?

Things look brighter

Up on the silver screen

You dream about going up there

But that is a big mistake

Just look at the world around you

Right here on the broadway stage

Such wonderful things surround you

What more is you lookin’ for?

Up on the stage

Up on the stage

Darling it’s better

Here where

Up on the screen they see each flaw

If you age you’re thrown away

But we’re devoted

Up here the players are happy

As they go through their roles

Those on the screen ain’t happy

They get typecast in those roles

But those on the screen ain’t lucky

They in for a worser fate

One day when they show their age

Guess who gonna be on the stage?

** I feel like I will be constantly rewriting these songs in my head for awhile, but this is a solid first draft.

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