Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Disney On The Great White Way

And then there were two. That's right Disney fans. With Newsies set to close this Sunday there will only be two Disney shows on Broadway. Whatever will you do? Now let's be honest. The Lion King isn't going anywhere anytime soon. In fact the show which will celebrate it's seventeenth year on the Great White Way in just a few months continues to sell our week after week. Not too mention their other hit Aladdin which has grossed over a million dollars a week since it first premiered in March. Looks like it's not going anywhere either.

Now I 'll be the first to admit that I am not the biggest Disney fan in the world. The truth is it really doesn't matter what I think. I'm not the one buying tickets to see their shows. Although I sure am selling a lot of them. Since 1994 Disney has produced nine shows on Broadway. Some as we all know were a success like Beauty and The Beast, Mary Poppins, Aida and the aforementioned The Lion King. Then of course there is The Little Mermaid and Tarzan which to be honest were critical and financial failures. Now while those last two shows might have been good for the whole family they probably just didn't have the wide appeal that the more successful shows have.

That's probably why they didn't last very long. It just seems to me like they are running out of ideas. Dare I say they might want to consider doing something original.? I mean just because it was a hit movie doesn't necessarily mean that it will translate into big bucks at the box office. The truth is when you compare a twelve or thirteen dollar movie ticket to a Broadway ticket that is a hundred and thirty seven dollars you better make sure it's worth it. Disney has made some great movies over the years that are not animated musicals. Maybe it's time to try something new. After all The Lion King won't last forever. Until next time theatre fans.

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