New Disney show to open Kia Theater
The same production behind the hit Disney On Ice spectacle is bringing over a new musical that will surely become another favorite of Filipino children.
Produced by Feld Entertainment in partnership with the Araneta Center, Disney Live: Mickey’s Music Festival is set to run from September 1 to 6 at the new Kia Theater in Cubao, Quezon City.
In an interview with The Manila Times at a press launch on this week, performance director Nick Manna shared what audiences—both young and old—can expect from the Disney Live show.
“Diney Live: Mickey’s Music Festival is a high-energy, family style rock concert that features Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy—the world biggest rock stars—who travel around the globe to meet up with their favorite Disney characters of blockbuster smash hits, Aladin, The Little Mermaid, and Toy Story,” Manna said.
Talking more about the rock concert concept, the performance director enthused that it is sure to “ooze with excitement” and in turn bring “lots of energy to the stage.”
He elaborated, “It’s extremely interactive so we encourage our guests to get up from their seats and dance in the aisles.”
Besides choreography, Manna also shared that production’s music will mash up classic Disney songs with current hits.
“In The Little Mermaid segment of the Show, you will actually hear the [other]daughters of [King] Triton sing one of Beyonce’s biggest hits, ‘Single Ladies.’ It’s a lot of fun and always a big shock to the audience,” he cited as an example.
Other contemporary tunes to be featured in the musical include, “Boom Boom Pow” by Black Eyed Peas and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper, among others.
Asked how different Disney Live will be from Disney on Ice, which is shown annually at Smart-Araneta Coliseum, the executive said that it would be “more intimate” because of its venue, the Kia Theater, which sits only 2,500 people. This number is relatively small compared to Araneta coliseum’s 30,000 capacity.
“I believe it will be the perfect opening show for Kia Theater,” Manna enthused.
Kia Theater (formerly the New Frontier Theater) is an entertainment landmark in the Araneta Center since the 1960s. It has now been renovated into a modern theater with the latest audio, visual and lighting technologies.
Manna expressed confidence that Filipinos will get to appreciate the new Disney production because it is “timeless just like others Disney stories whether told on screen or on stage.”
“I think that what we do best is storytelling. In this show, we will take you on a magic carpet ride with Jasmine and Aladin, under the sea with Ariel and Sebastian, and to the countryside with Woody and Jesse. There’s never a dull moment especially with Mickey and his gang around,” Manna concluded.