Disney On Broadway Concert Series

Disney Broadway Series

Are you ready to get your musical theatre kick at EPCOT’s International Festival of The Arts? This seasonal festival at EPCOT started back in 2017 and has pleased audiences each year since!

One of the offerings during the Festival of the Arts is Disney On Broadway which will run from January 13th through February 20th, 2023. At these performances, two broadway stars will be partnered together to perform solo songs and show stopping duets. Each night guests will have three opportunities to see the various broadway performers, including Kara Lindsay, Kissy Simmons, Josh Strickland, and many more. These performances will occur at American Gardens Theatre at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, and 8:00 PM.

Lion King on Broadway
Disney’s The Lion King opened on Broadway in 1997.

Who Will Be Performing This Year?

Kara Lindsay – January 13, 15-16, 19-20

You may recognize Kara Lindsay from originating the role of Katherine in Disney’s Newsies. Additionally, on broadway, she played Cynthia Weil in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and Glinda in Wicked.

Kara Lindsey
Kara Lindsey will be preforming with her husband Kevin Massey. Photo: IMDb

Kevin Massey – January 13, 15-16, 19-20

Kevin Massey is known for starring as Tarzan in Disney’s Tarzan on Broadway and is currently playing in the company of Wicked on  Broadway. Massey will be preforming with Kara Lindsey.

Kevin Massey
Kevin Massey has said that “Out There” from the Hunchback of Notre Dame is his favorite Disney song to sing. Photo: Disney

Arielle Jacobs – January 14, 17-18, 21-22

Arielle Jacobs has starred in various Broadway shows, such as Nessa in Wicked and Nina in In The Heights. Additionally, she played Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway in Sydney.

Arielle Jacobs
Arielle will be preforming with her older brother Adam Jacobs. Photo: IMDb

Adam Jacobs – January 14, 17-18, 21-22

Adam Jacobs has been part of two Disney Broadway productions, including Simba in The Lion King, and originated the role of Aladdin in Disney’s Aladdin.
Adam Jacobs
Adam Jacobs originated the role of Aladdin on Broadway. Photo: IMDb

Patti Murin – January 23, 25-26, 29-30, February 2-3

Patta Murin originated the role of Princess Anna in Disney’s Frozen on Broadway. Additionally, Patti participated in multiple national tours, including Wicked as Glinda, Lysistrata in Lysistrata Jones, and Euterpe in Xanadu.

Patti Murin
Patti Murin was on the show Chicago Med. Photo: IMDb

Robert Creighton – January 23, 25-26, 29-30, February 2-3

Robert Creighton has been in multiple Disney Broadway shows, including Timon in The Lion King, Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid, and originating the role of Duke of Weselton in Frozen. In total, Robert Creighton has participated in over 8 Broadway shows.
Robert Creighton
Robert Creighton is from Canada. Photo: The American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Mandy Gonzalez – January 24, 27-28, January 31-February 1, 4-5

Mandy Gonzalez can be seen in the Disney + show Better Nate Than Ever and is known for her Broadway experience. Her Broadway roles include Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton, Elphaba in Wicked, and Nina in In The Heights.

Mandy Gonzalez
Mandy Gonzalez originated to role of Nina in In The Heights. Photo: Playbill

L. Steven Taylor – January 24, 27-28, January 31-February 1, 4-5

L. Steven Taylor currently plays Mufasa in The Lion King on Broadway. He also participated in with the National Tour for this show.
L. Steven Taylor
L. Steven Taylor has been playing Mufasa since 2005. Photo: IMDb

Ashley Brown – February 6, 8-9, 12-13, 16-17

Ashley Brown originated the role of Mary Poppins in Disney’s Theatrical Production of Mary Poppins. Additionally, she played Belle in Beauty and The Beast on Broadway and on National Tours.

Ashley Brown
Ashley Brown as Mary Poppins. Photo: Disney

Michael James Scott – February 6, 8-9, 12-13, 16-17

Michael James Scott can currently be seen playing Genie in Disney’s Aladdin! On Broadway, Michael has starred in multiple shows, including The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten, Hair, Tarzan, Mamma Mia, Elf, and All Shook Up.
Michael James Scott
Michael James Scott went to Dr. Phillips High School. Photo: Entertainment Tonight

Kissy Simmons – February 7, 10-11, 14-15, 18-19

Kissy Simmons starred in Disney’s Lion King on Broadway as Nala! Additionally, she has played this role on the National Tour and the Las Vegas production of The Lion King. Kissy has appeared in multiple TV productions such as Smash and 30 Rock.
Krissy Simmons and Minnie Mouse
Krissy Simmons preformed on the Disney Wonder for the Stars Set Sail live concert in 2016. Photo: Disney

Josh Strickland – February 7, 10-11, 14-15, 18-19

Josh Strickland originated the role of Tarzan in Disney’s Tarzan on Broadway! Not to long ago Josh has reprised his role of Tarza in a production in Oberhausen, Germany.

Josh Strickland as Tarzan
Josh Strickland as Tarzan. Photo: Playbill

2023 Concert Series Full Schedule

Kara Lindsay (Newsies) and Kevin Massey (Tarzan)

  • January 13
  • January 15 through 16
  • January 19 through 20

Arielle Jacobs (Aladdin) and Adam Jacobs (Aladdin)

  • January 14
  • January 17 through 18
  • January 21 through 22

Patti Murin (Frozen) and Robert Creighton (Frozen)

  • January 23
  • January 25 through 26
  • January 29 through 30
  • February 2 through 3

Mandy Gonzalez (Aida) and L. Steven Taylor (The Lion King)

  • January 24
  • January 27 through 28
  • January 31 through February 1
  • February 4 through 5

Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and Michael James Scott (Aladdin)

  • February 6
  • February 8 through 9
  • February 12 through 13
  • February 16 through 17

Kissy Simmons (The Lion King) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)

  • February 7
  • February 10 through 11
  • February 14 through 15
  • February 18 through 19
Festival of the Arts 2021 at Epcot
During the festival, there will be over 100 Disney and visiting artists participating.

Who are you most excited to see in this year’s Disney on Broadway Concert Series? Les us know in the comments!

Written by

Bobby Asen

Contributing Writer

Bobby has a strong passion for Walt Disney’s stories and the Disney Parks. From taking vacations to the parks, to being an Annual Passholder, to working as a cast member for seven years at Magic Kingdom, his passion for Disney continues to grow. After visiting every Disney Park in the world, Bobby knew he wanted to share his experiences and his love for Disney in his writing.

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