D23 Expo Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Disney on Broadway with Exclusive Concert and Virtual Reality Experience

Disney on Broadway will return to the D23 Expo, in Anaheim, California, next month to celebrate its 25th anniversary. A number of Broadway stars who have appeared in Disney productions will present an exclusive concert, Disney on Broadway: A 25th Anniversary Celebration, in Hall D23 on Saturday, August 24, at 3:30 p.m.

Hosted by Tony Award®-nominee Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast), the 75-minute concert will feature Heidi Blickenstaff (Freaky Friday, The Little Mermaid), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, On The Record), Kissy Simmons (The Lion King), Josh Strickland (Tarzan) and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King). These performers have all appeared at Epcot in recent years in the Disney on Broadway concert series that’s part of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

Ashley Brown, who originated the role of Mary Poppins, in Disney’s Broadway version of the musical

 

A six-piece band, led by Jim Abbott, will accompany performers as they lead the audience through Disney on Broadway’s Tony Award-winning catalogue. The performance will feature songs from Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida, Tarzan®, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, Aladdin, Freaky Friday and Frozen. (Talent is subject to change)

 

Josh Strickland has appeared at the Disney on Broadway concerts during Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Disney on Broadway fans can also celebrate this milestone anniversary by visiting the VR (virtual reality) theater on the D23 Expo floor. The brand-new VR experience puts you center stage in AladdinFrozen and The Lion King’s biggest Broadway production numbers, featuring Broadway’s Caissie Levy (Elsa), Major Attaway (Genie), Telly Leung (Aladdin) and Tshidi Manye (Rafiki).

Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of D23 Expo 2019 are still available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo visit D23Expo.com.

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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