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Disney's Broadway Hits at the Royal Albert Hall

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Hits From Lion King To Mary Poppins On Historic Stage
A new Disney concert celebrating over two decades of Broadway shows premieres in Europe with a show at London's historic Royal Albert Hall.

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Hits from Disney feature in the glamorous surroundings of London's Royal Albert Hall

Disney's Broadway Hits
is a one-off show on October 23 that will feature the BBC Concert Orchestra along with Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and members of Aladdin's West End cast.

Award-winning scores from Beauty and the Beast, Aida, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Tarzan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be among the soundtrack.

There will be songs from a staggering nine Tony and Academy Award-winning scores by some of the greatest composers and lyricists in the world, including Alan Menken (Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Newsies, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Phil Collins (Tarzan), Elton John and Tim Rice (Aida, The Lion King) and Richard and Robert Sherman (Mary Poppins).

The performance will be even more special by the fact it is on one of the world's most famous stages. Over the past 144 years, the Royal Albert Hall has hosted everyone from Winston Churchill to Albert Einstein, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Adele.

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The historic Royal Albert Hall is one of the most famous venues in the world

Opened in 1871 to fulfil Prince Albert's vision of a central hall to promote the arts and sciences, the Hall is a registered charity.

Lucy Noble, Director of Events at the Royal Albert Hall, said: "There's nothing like a Disney stage show to get the audience on its feet, and these incredible musicals have become a part of our culture: riots of colour, dance and song packed with ingenuity, emotion and unique theatrical magic."

"For the first time in Europe, audiences will be able to enjoy all of Disney's Broadway hits in one incredible concert, in the company of a world-class symphony orchestra and a galaxy of stars, led by the legend, Alan Menken."

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An audience enjoying a show inside London's Royal Albert Hall

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the extraordinary music that has made Disney a byword for astonishing entertainment."

The BBC Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Keith Lockhart.

To coincide with the event, here's a quick top 5 facts on Disney theatrical productions

1. Disney Theatrical Productions, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, was formed in 1994.

2. The company's inaugural production, Beauty and the Beast came to London in 1996 where it won the Olivier Award for Best Musical. First seen on Broadway in 1994, it has been produced in 28 countries worldwide.

3. The next Disney musical to be seen in the West End was The Lion King, which opened at the Lyceum in 1999 winning two Olivier Awards and the Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year. Now in its 17th smash year in London, The Lion King has also toured throughout the UK.

4. Since it opened on Broadway in 1997 where it received six Tony awards, The Lion King has been seen by more than 85 million theatregoers and is currently running in eight cities worldwide. Having played 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King's gross income exceeds that of any film, musical, or any other entertainment title in box office history.

5. In a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, Mary Poppins opened in London in 2004, winning two Olivier Awards and an Evening Standard Award. Mary Poppins went on to enjoy a six-year Tony-winning Broadway run and is currently on its second tour across the UK.

Disney's Broadway Hits
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Sunday 23 October 2016 at 7pm
Tickets cost from 28 to 79 via the Albert Hall website or by calling 020 7589 8212

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Why? Hear Disney favourites in historic venue
When: October 23, 2016
Phone: 020 7589 8212
Where: The Royal Albert Hall
Cost: From 28
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