The 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards gave a big spotlight to the collaboration between Disney Parks Live Entertainment and Disney Theatrical Productions as “Disney’s Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall!” brought home 2 Emmy awards. Director Jay Hatcher, part of the Broadcast Production team at Walt Disney World Resort was presented with the award for Outstanding Directing – Special Class. “Disney’s Broadway Hits” was also honored with an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Sound Mixing.
Jay spoke about the long-standing collaboration between himself and Jeff Lee. “Jeff and I had worked together previously on several concert events, bringing the magic of Disney on Broadway to our parks and our ships,” said Jay. “For us to have the opportunity to bring that into people’s homes, we took that responsibility very seriously. And to be recognized at the highest level for our efforts is a complete dream come true.”
Back in October 2016 “Disney’s Broadway Hits” was performed live at London’s Royal Albert Hall and broadcast on the Sky Arts Television Network, as well as BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. It celebrated two decades of stage musicals from Disney Theatrical Productions and included highlights from Broadway musicals “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aida,” “Tarzan,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Aladdin,” “Frozen” and “Newsies,” with performances by a number of Disney stage veterans.
Alan Menken (a Tony Award and eight-time Academy Award winner), accompanied by the 74-piece BBC Concert Orchestra, also made a special appearance during the performance. In presenting the show for television, Jay and the team leveraged 20 unique camera angles to create a sense of actually being there for the performance.
“Disney’s Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall” is currently available on the BroadwayHD streaming service, and you can catch another great collaboration between Disney Theatrical Productions and Disney Parks Live Entertainment when the Disney on Broadway Concert Series returns to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts in January 2019.
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