In celebration of Disney Theatrical Productions’ 20 years on Broadway, the ABC Television Network will air Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years, airing SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 at 7:00 p.m., ET and hosted by Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of ABC’s Modern Family.
This one hour special takes viewers on a journey through the creation of Disney’s eight Broadway musicals: Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, AIDA, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Newsies and Aladdin. The special features new commentary and revealing anecdotes by the stars and theatre professionals about the creation and long runs of these beloved titles.
Founded by Murray Bernthal, the Famous Artists Broadway Theater Series has presented Syracuse audiences with the very best performances in the world, including classical concerts, opera, ballet, and theatre, for over 60 years.
Famous Artists brought some of the greatest artists to their Fayetteville Country Playhouse from 1949 to 1964, including such legends as Bela Lugosi , Veronica Lake, Basil Rathbone, Olivia DeHaviland, Eva Gabor, Charlton Heston, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. From 1965 to 1974 Famous Artists Playhouse played host at Henninger High School to stars such as Myrna Loy, Mickey Rooney, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.