Disney’s Broadway Hits Premieres With the Symphony

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The first-ever symphonic production of Disney’s Broadway Hits will premiere in Jacksonville with the Jacksonville Symphony as part of the Fidelity National Financial Pops Series. Drummond Press is the sponsor of the Sunday, October 16 concert.

Disney’s Broadway Hits brings the best of Broadway to Jacksonville in a new production under the direction of Conductor/Music Supervisors/Arranger/Orchestrator Jim Abbott.
Disney made its Broadway debut in 1994 with Beauty and the Beast and went on to capture hearts with The Lion King, Aida, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Newsies and Aladdin.

Abbott, who has had a 25-year Broadway career as Musical Director for Rent, Aida, and Tarzan to name just a few, will be joined onstage by principal performers Ashley Brown, Lana Gordon, Josh Strickland and Alton Fitzgerald White.

Ashley Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway for which she received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress.  She has also appeared as Belle in Beauty and The Beast.

Lana Gordon has played the role of Velma Kelly in the Broadway musical Chicago. She made her Broadway debut as an original cast member of The Lion King.

Josh Strickland was a national finalist in Season 2 of American Idol and created the leading role of Tarzan in Disney’s Tarzan on Broadway.

Fitzgerald White has appeared as King Mufasa in The Lion King, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime and John in Miss Saigon.

Performances are scheduled for Friday, October 14 at 8pm, Saturday, October 15 at 8pm and Sunday, October 16 at 3pm.
Jacoby Symphony Hall, the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets are available at jaxsymphony.org, by calling the ticket office at 904-354-5547 or visiting the Times-Union Center ticket office Monday thru Friday between 10am and 4pm.  Under18FREE will be in effect so adults who purchase a single ticket may receive one ticket for a child between the ages of 7 and 17.