Tales as old as time: ‘Disney 100: The Concert’

'Disney 100: The Concert'.
'Disney 100: The Concert'.

To celebrate 100 years of Disney, MM Creative Productions is thrilled to bring to Australian audiences an unforgettable evening of live music, enchanting animation and tales as old as time in Disney 100: The Concert

Sydney audiences have embraced this once-in-a-lifetime centenary celebration with the four shows at the iconic Sydney Opera House officially sold out. Gold Coast audiences can be a part of the magic for two performances on 31 March and 1 April at the Home of the Arts Outdoor Stage, and in Perth at the Riverside Theatre for three performances on 21 and 22 April.

Joining MM Creative Productions Co-Founders Amy Manford and Genevieve McCarthy on stage to perform these magical Disney moments are some of Australia’s brightest theatre stars: dynamic vocalist Chloe Zuel, most recently starring as Eliza in Hamilton The Musical; triple threat Ainsley Melham, who has played the title role in Disney’s Aladdin in Australia and on Broadway and recently starred in the Australian production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; Lyndon Watts, one of Hamilton the Musical’s breakout stars wowing audiences as Aaron Burr; Andy Cook, soon to be seen as Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Sydney from June 2023; Cruel Intentions The 90’s Musical favourite Drew Weston; and rounding up this incredible cast is TV and musical theatre star Mark Hill, who was nominated for a Helpmann Award for his portrayal of Riff in Opera Australia’s West Side Story

A variation of cast members will appear in each city.

MM Creative Productions Artistic Director Amy Manford said, “The cast includes a brilliant line up of Australia’s brightest musical theatre stars who have performed all over the world, and we cannot wait to perform together and for Australian audiences to see this brand new concert.”

Audiences both young, and young at heart, will be transported into the captivating world of classic and contemporary Disney animated film scores brought to life through the talents of three of Australia’s premier orchestras — the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Pops Orchestra, and the Perth Symphony Orchestra — led by conductor Jessica Gethin and an all-star musical theatre cast.     

Everyone’s favourite songs from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, The Lion King, Moana, Frozen, Encanto and more will be brought to life on stage along with original Disney animated footage projected live on a big screen. 

MM Creative Productions Executive Producer Genevieve McCarthy said, “Disney 100: The Concert is a show of epic proportions that traverses both the classic and contemporary catalogue of Disney movie scores.”

Manford and McCarthy are the first female-founded organisation to secure the rights to the Disney In Concert brand globally and have worked in tandem with Disney Concerts (USA) to curate a brand new, never-before-seen program. MM Creative Productions was founded in 2020, after Manford and McCarthy returned home to Perth from London in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Twelve months later, they successfully premiered ‘Disney In Concert: A Dream Is A Wish’ in Perth, featuring the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Disney 100: The Concert is part of the official programme of Disney’s centenary celebrations worldwide.  Become part of our world in 2023 as Disney 100: The Concert comes to Sydney, the Gold Coast and Perth!

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