June 1, 2014 at 9:10 pm #433456
I know you guys are thinking that I think Aladdin is going to Win a Tony for Best Musical, well, I’m not. Aladdin is not going to win for Best Musical, because the Tony voters hates Disney. The Lion King is the only Disney musical they like and nothing else. Newsies should of won, but no, they decide to give it to that boring musical, Once. If this keeps happeninh when Hunchback and Frozen came to Broadway never recieve a Tony for Best Musical, then they need to stop adaprting movies and create their own musical. Like based on plays, novels or orignal ideas. That’ll give them more Tony Awards than ever. In the end, thet Tony Voter are nothing but a bunch if anti-Disney jerks. When will they give Disney another Tony for Best Musical?June 1, 2014 at 9:19 pm #433458
Who said Aladdin is going to win Best Musical?
Just teasin’June 2, 2014 at 3:14 am #433459
Considering the reviews it got, the Tony voters were VERY generous to Newsies. I wouldn’t have given it anything except maybe set design. And no new Disney musicals since The Lion King have been worthy of the title of Best Musical (and even Lion King is a stretch considering the fact that it was up against Ragtime), though I do think Mary Poppins was brilliantly done. Haven’t seen Aladdin yet.June 2, 2014 at 3:45 am #433460
Why do you keep posting the same thread about Disney and the Tonys?June 2, 2014 at 8:53 am #433461
Who on this site has said aladdin is winning Best Musical?? Iglehart will win featured actor, but I would be surprised if it managed anything else. Im not sure how they are “anti-Disney jerks” considering Aladdin has 6 tony nominations. Not to mention past best musical nominations for Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, and Newsies. Those shows also managed at least one win each. Aida was also a Disney produced musical and managed 4 Tony Awards (out of 5 nominations) including Score and Actress. So, your rant doesnt really hold water.
As for when they will give Disney a Best Musical Tony…they’ll do it when one is worthy of it.June 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm #433462
“Newsies should of won, but no, they decide to give it to that boring musical, Once.”
I’ve officially heard it all.June 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm #433463
I honestly feel no Disney musical has deserved to win….I think Beauty and The Beast comes the closest for me if only for its source material and entertainment value (PASSION was a stunning show visually with a great book and performances but was kind of slow)…and The Lion King had impressive visuals/costumes/staging….and it winning over RAGTIME is atrocious.
Since then, Tarzan and Little Mermaid were snubbed for good reason and Mary Poppins, coming from a huge fan of the books and movie, really disappointed me.
Newsies was indeed lucky to get what it received and the only reason it won Score was because of lack of competition (I would sooner give Wildhorn the Tony for his work on Bonnie & Clyde which featured his best music for Broadway to date after such trainwrecks).
Aladdin is a fine show, but nowhere near the level of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.March 21, 2018 at 6:24 pm #1202517320
So with Frozen opening on Broadway tomorrow, I thought I’d give this old thread a bump. Disney has had a pretty interesting track record at the Tonys.
When Beauty & the Beast first opened in 1994, it was not well-reviewed by critics as many of them complained that it was this overproduced theme park show. Though luckily, it came to Broadway at a time where there really wasn’t many options for the family audience. So therefore, Beauty & the Beast managed to overcome its mixed critical reception, and became a huge hit that ran for 13 years. At the Tony Awards that year, the show received 9 nominations (including Best Musical), and only one (well deserved) win for Best Costume Design.
Before The Lion King opened in 1997, many people wondered how that film could possibly translate to the stage. Yet, thanks to the brilliant Julie Taymor, not only was she able to completely rethink The Lion King as a theatrical stage musical, but Disney started to get a little more respect from the industry as a player on Broadway. The following year, the show won 6 Tonys (including Best Musical).
In 2000, Disney opened its first (and to date, only) Broadway musical that wasn’t based on any of their properties. Aida had already gone through a troubled world premiere in Atlanta, which led to the entire creative team being replaced, and held a second out-of-town tryout in Chicago. Not only were critical reviews still mixed by the time the show came to Broadway, but was also completely shutout for Best Musical at the Tonys that year despite receiving five nominations overall. With all of that being said, Aida still managed to win four Tonys, including Best Lead Actress for Heather Headley and Best Original Score for Elton John & Tim Rice, and ended up being the longest-running production of that Broadway season.
In 2006, Disney not only returned with another Broadway musical, but also their first (and to date, only) production to have opened cold in New York. Tarzan also marked the directorial debut of Irish set/costume designer Bob Crowley, who had previously won one of his Tonys for Aida. Yet, after a two-month preview period, the show was destroyed by critics. Tarzan also only received one Tony nomination that year for Best Lighting Design of a Musical, which it lost to Jersey Boys, and ended up closing at a monumental loss after only running for a little over a year.
The next season came Disney’s first stage adaptation of one of their live action properties. Mary Poppins came in after a successful debut in London’s West End, and while it was certainly no Tarzan, the critical response was still pretty mixed. But on the bright side, the show still received 7 Tony nominations (including Best Musical), and one (well deserved) win for Best Scenic Design.
The next season came The Little Mermaid, which also marked the first (and to date, only) Broadway credit for acclaimed opera director Francesca Zambello. Following a two-month preview period (it was originally one month, but the opening was delayed because of the stagehand strike), the critical response to The Little Mermaid ended being pretty underwhelming. The show only received two Tony nominations for Best Original Score (which it lost to In the Heights) and Best Lighting Design of a Musical (which it lost to South Pacific). Like Tarzan, The Little Mermaid ended up closing at a monumental loss after only running for a little over a year and a half.
In 2012, Disney not only came back to Broadway with another show, but one that was never even set for Broadway in the first place. The original 1992 film of Newsies was an enormous flop that earned five Razzie nominations (including Worst Picture of the Year), yet was able to gain itself a cult following since its first release on home video. It was thanks to the film’s devoted fanbase that a stage adaptation was created, but at first, it was only to license to schools and local theatres. Yet, when Newsies first debuted at the Paper Mill Playhouse, it was a runaway hit that immediately moved to Broadway, earned rave reviews, 8 Tony nominations (including Best Musical), two wins for Best Original Score and Best Choreography, and an overall successful run.
In 2014, Aladdin opened on Broadway, making it Disney’s first stage adaptation of one of their animated properties since The Little Mermaid. Prior to the opening, there wasn’t a whole lot of anticipation for Aladdin. Due to the show’s underwhelming response while it was out-of-town in Toronto, many people were expecting it to be another fiasco from Disney. Yet on opening night, Aladdin received a much better critical response than expected. It not only went on to become one of the hits of that season, but also received 5 Tony nominations (including Best Musical), winning one for Best Featured Actor for James Monroe Iglehart as The Genie.
We shall find out soon where Frozen will end up.
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