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Disney on Broadway Television Special, With Darren Criss and More, Set to Air

Tonight's broadcast celebrates the organization's 20th anniversary. logo
Ashley Brown as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)

The ABC television network will air Backstage With Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years tonight, December 14, at 7pm EST, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney Theatrical Productions. The special will be hosted by Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Produced by Lincoln Square Productions, the special will explore the creation of Disney's stage musicals Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Newsies, and Aladdin. Performers include Sir Elton John, Mary Poppins star Ashley Brown, Aladdin lead Adam Jacobs, Darren Criss, and Nashville cast members Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen.

The evening will offer viewers the opportunity to visit backstage during a performance of "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin and to get a look at a rehearsal of The Lion King led by composer Lebo M. The national touring company of Newsies will also show how it prepares for its opening night in Philadelphia.

Rudy Bednar, Jeanmarie Condon, and Megan Harding serve as the show's executive producers. Lincoln Square Productions is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

For tickets to The Lion King on Broadway, click here.

For tickets to Aladdin on Broadway, click here.