Disney characters will perform all sorts of hits when "Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival" comes to
The concert will introduce kids to a rock concert-style show, producers say. The show is more music-based than other Disney Live shows that follow a storyline.
"For many children, we understand this will be their first stage show experience," says
Maria Donoy, a member of the show's cast of 15, says the music encompasses a range of styles including hip-hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, techno, jazz, pop and country.
The 90-minute show begins with audiences watching a video projection of the backstage frenzy that spills onto the stage as Mickey welcomes guests to his concert tour.
Donoy says the story has Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy deciding to put on a rock concert and visiting Disney films to recruit performers.
"Kids are going to see a lot of their friends on stage," she says. "It's a variety-packed show," says Donoy, who won't say who she portrays to preserve the magic of Disney.
With the video projection screen, on-stage sets, special effects and costumes, families will feel like they are in the middle of "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin" and "Toy Story" movies, she says.
In "The Little Mermaid" sequence, the stage is transformed into an underwater world, with Sebastian the crab emerging from a giant clam shell amid the mermaids.
Ariel will sing an updated version of her song "Part of
Donoy says audiences will be transported to the kingdom of Agrabah, where they will see hip-hop dance, acrobatics and flying carpets, as well as Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie. Stage magic lets Aladdin and Jasmine ride a carpet and Genie emerge from his lamp in a burst of smoke.
"Genie always has something up his sleeve," Donoy says.
Music includes a jazzy, swing version of Genie's song "Friend like Me."
The audience will be taught a hoedown-style dance. There also will be an appearance by a contingent of the green toy army men and a visit from Woody's horse
"We've created an environment where audience members will be able to connect with the Disney stars," says
The costumes for the show are flashy. "Mickey and Minnie not afraid of a good sparkle," Donoy says.
In "Mickey's Music Festival," all of the main character get their moment to shine, Donoy says.
Goofy gets to dance to the
Everything comes together when the entire cast hits the stage for the energetic finale that ends with everyone dancing and confetti flying.
"I love being a part of this show," Donoy says.
DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY'S MUSIC FESTIVAL
-- What: 25 Disney characters in a music-filled concert-style show
-- When: 1 and
-- How much:
-- Info: 866-734-6204,
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