This year Disney on Broadway will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in style at the D23 Expo, in Anaheim, California, with an exclusive concert. Adding to the festivities, visitors to the expo will be able to enjoy a new virtual reality (VR) experience putting them centre stage across several production numbers.
The VR experience will put viewers inside Aladdin, Frozen and The Lion King productions featuring Broadway’s Caissie Levy (Elsa), Major Attaway (Genie), Telly Leung (Aladdin) and Tshidi Manye (Rafiki).
This will likely take the form of a 360-degree video captured and recorded during actual live performances, possibly even using multiple camera viewpoints depending on what’s going on on stage. An example of what might be on offer can be seen below when Disney on Broadway recorded Circle of Life 360º back in 2016. With the quality of cameras available now the VR experience should be even better.
As for the rest of Disney on Broadway: A 25th Anniversary Celebration, the 75-minute concert will feature a six-piece band, led by Jim Abbott, playing songs from Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida, Tarzan®, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, Aladdin, Freaky Friday and Frozen. They’ll be joined by cast members including Heidi Blickenstaff (Freaky Friday, The Little Mermaid), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, On The Record), Kissy Simmons (The Lion King), Josh Strickland (Tarzan) and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King).
The D23 Expo, in Anaheim, CA is the largest Disney fan event in the world, taking place from 23rd – 25th August 2019. Disney on Broadway: A 25th Anniversary Celebration will be held in Hall D23 on Saturday, 24th August, at 3:30 p.m. Single-day Saturday tickets and three-day passes are sold out, only single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday are now available.
Currently, there’s no further information regarding whether the VR experience will be distributed to home VR users once the event has concluded. If that occurs VRFocus will let you know.