Broadway’s Best Will Light Up D23 EXPO With Exclusive Concerts – Get the Scoop!

DOB_Originals_logoFollowing the incredibly warm and rousing reception from D23 EXPO fans in 2013, Disney Theatrical Productions is thrilled to announce a new concert presented exclusively for this years D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center entitledDisney on Broadways THE ORIGINALS.In anticipation of high fan-demand, two performances of the concert will be presented on Saturday, August 15that 11am and at 2pm in Stage 23.

Disney on Broadways THE ORIGINALSstars Broadways original Mary Poppins (Ashley Brown), Tarzan (Josh Strickland) and Genie(James Monroe Iglehart) fromAladdin. The originals will entertain and delight D23 EXPO attendees by performing favorite musical highlights from the Disney on Broadway catalogue. Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart will also serve as host for this 70-minute, live performance that features a five-piece band of Broadways best musicians with special behind-the-scenes videos and interviews that promise to enthrall Disney on Broadway fans of all ages.

Ashley Brownoriginated the title role inMary Poppinson Broadway for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress. Ms. Brown also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour ofMary Poppinswhere she garnered a Garland award for Best Performance in a Musical. Ms. Browns other Broadway credits include Belle inBeauty and the Beast, and she has starred in the national tour of Disney’sOn The Record. Ms. Brown recently returned to critical acclaim starring in the Lyric Opera of Chicagos production ofOklahoma. She previously played Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Francesca ZembellosShow Boatat the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Brown has performedwith virtually all of the top orchestras in North America including the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall (four times), the Cincinnati Pops and the Philadelphia Orchestra (two times).Ashley starred inThe Sound of Musicat the St. Louis MUNY which garnered her a Kevin Kline award and her own PBS special called Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible which received a PBS Telly Award. Other television credits include NBCsThe Sound of Music. Ms. Browns long-awaited album of Broadway and American Songbook standards is available on Ghostlight/Sony.Ashley is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Josh Stricklandis a native of Charleston, South Carolina. In 2006,Strickland created the leading role of Tarzan inDisneysTarzanon Broadway. In 2009, he made his starring Las Vegas debut inPEEPSHOWat Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort while concurrently co-starring in the hit E! reality showHolly’s World. Strickland debuted his first single “Report to the Floor”, which skyrocketed to the top five on the iTunes Dance Charts the first week of its release, followed by Last Dance. Mr. Strickland is currently starring inVegas! the Showat the Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort in Las Vegas.

James Monroe Iglehartwon a 2014 Tony Award for his performance inAladdin. He originated the role of Bobby in the Tony-winning musicalMemphis. Other NYC:The 25th AnnualSpelling BeeandThe Wiz. Film/TV: “Gotham”, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt”, “The Good Wife and The Electric Company (the Silent E Soloist). James is a member of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme. His greatest gift is his wife, Dawn. This is an absolute blessing a real-life wish come true!

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 312. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visitD23EXPO.com.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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