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Peter Schneider
Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Theatrical Productions

    In November, The Lion King marked its first anniversary on Broadway after having won six 1998 Tony Awards, including best new musical. It made its international debut in Tokyo in December and will reach Osaka and London later in 1999.

Beauty and the Beast will complete its fifth year on Broadway this April, and the national tour is now in its fourth year. The musical also continues to play to audiences around the world — in Buenos Aires, Nagoya, Sapporo, Stuttgart and London. The British production received the 1998 Olivier Award for best new musical.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame makes its world premiere in Berlin this June. The production features music from the animated film as well as new songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winner James Lapine will direct and author the script for the musical.

Walt Disney Theatrical Productions is also working on the development of Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida, with songs by the Lion King team of Tim Rice and Elton John.


Fantasia 2000 will feature six completely new sequences, plus three restored segments from the original film. Julie Taymor receives the Tony Award for Best Director of a musical for her work on The Lion King. Pop star Toni Braxton stepped into the role of Belle in the long-running Broadway production, Beauty and the Beast.
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