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PLAYHOUSE DISNEY LIVE! BRINGS DISNEY CHANNEL
FAVORITES TOGETHER ON STAGE TO 70 U.S. CITIES
IN THEIR FIRST LIVE TOURING PRODUCTION

 Tickets for 2007 on Sale May 15th

Vienna, VA — May 7, 2007 — Playhouse Disney Live!, the first U.S. live touring stage production featuring favorite characters from four shows in Disney Channel’s popular Playhouse Disney program block for preschoolers, is set to launch a 70-city tour this September, it was announced today by Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions, and Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment.

Produced by Feld and his daughter, Alana Feld, for Feld Entertainment, in conjunction with Disney Theatrical Productions, the show spotlights characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins and Handy Manny, as well as the stars of a brand new show premiering this month, My Friends Tigger & Pooh. Tickets for all 2007 U.S. engagements will go on sale Tuesday, May 15th.

Playhouse Disney Live! represents the first time that characters from this enormously popular block of Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney programs will be together on the same stage, creating interactive moments for children and their families. The original storyline follows this colorful cast as they set off in their own unique ways to create and contribute songs and music for an unforgettable musical party at Mickey’s Clubhouse.

Playhouse Disney Live! brings these TV shows to life and engages children in an inspiring experience with the characters they love to watch on Disney Channel every day,” said Producer Kenneth Feld . “They will feel as if the ‘Playhouse Disney’ stars jumped out of the screen and onto the stage right before their eyes. From Mickey and pals to the globe-trotting Little Einsteins, everyone comes together to share the universal language of music with children everywhere.”

Thomas Schumacher added, “We love working with Kenneth Feld and Alana Feld and they demonstrate time and again why they’re the best in the business.  Feld Entertainment does an outstanding job bringing the Disney characters to life and Playhouse Disney Live! gives them a great new cast to work with.  Fans all over the country are going to have a wonderful experience seeing their ‘Playhouse Disney’ favorites perform live in this imaginative and fun-filled new stage production.”

“We are excited to bring these popular Disney Channel shows together in a live production that will tour an unprecedented 70 cities in one year,” said Producer Alana Feld.  “We combine all of the familiar faces that families already know and love in an original storyline that is jam-packed with upbeat music, singing and dancing, from our very own ‘Playhouse Boogie’ dance to the well-known favorite ‘Hot Dog!’ song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”

Rich Ross, President, Disney Channel Worldwide, said, “We're thrilled that this wonderful new stage tour will extend the connection preschoolers and parents have with our Playhouse Disney storytelling and that through it, families can share the unique experience of a live stage production and their favorite Playhouse Disney music and characters.”

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is the top-rated series on basic cable among kids 2-5, followed by Handy Manny in the number two spot *. Little Einsteins ranks #1 in its primary time period among all basic cable with kids 2-5, girls 2-5 and boys 2-5, beating other children’s programming in head-to-head competition.*1

To produce Playhouse Disney Live!, the Feld father-daughter duo called upon the talents of a creative team consisting of:

  • Nancy Gregory ( Director/Choreographer) Directed such Hollywood films as The Little Rascals and Harry and the Hendersons ,and served as music producer for the 1990s revival of TheMickey Mouse Club;
  • Kevin Campbell (Writer) Writer for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, House of Mouse and the upcoming Untitled Clone Wars TV series in collaboration with Producer George Lucas;
  • John Morgan (Lighting Designer) Two-time Emmy® Award-winning lighting designer whose projects span from TV shows to live concerts and theatrical events, and include Doodlebops Live! and Fox’s American Idol;
  • Scott Lane (Costume Designer) Designed for several Disney On Ice productions including Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., and worked for seven years with the Tournament of Roses Parade;
  • Jeff Hall (Production Designer) Contributed his talent to establish the current look of the NFL Channel network and designed a number of reality TV show homes, including those found in America’s Next Top Model, Last Comic Standing and Project Runway.

To find out more about Playhouse Disney Live! and to purchase tickets, the public should visit www.playhousedisneylive.com.

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Feld Entertainment, Inc., is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 25 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in 50 countries and on six continents to date and include Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Disney’s High School Musical: The Ice Tour, The Doodlebops Live!, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®.

For more information about Disney Live!, members of the media should visit our Press Room at www.feldentertainment.com/playhousedisneylive.

*[Source: Nielsen Media Research, September 2006, Ranked on Coverage Rating, Live Plus 7 Day and Live Plus Same Day Data when available.]

*1[Source: Nielsen Media Research, 12/26/05-8/7/06, 10/10/05-8/7/06, national ratings]

See attached 2007 tour schedule.

 

2007 Tour Schedule 

*Subject to Change*

1

Lakeland, FL

Sat 8/25/2007 - Sun 8/26/2007

Robert V. Youkey Theatre 

2

Huntsville, AL

Sat 9/1/2007

Von Braun Center Concert Hall 

3

Duluth, GA

Mon 9/3/2007

The Arena at Gwinnett Center 

4

Baton Rouge, LA

Thu 9/6/2007 - Fri 9/7/2007

Theatre for the Performing Arts 

5

Bossier City, LA

Sat 9/8/2007  

CenturyTel Center  

6

Lafayette, LA

Sun 9/9/2007  

The Cajundome 

7

Lake Buena Vista,  FL

Thu 9/13/2007 - Sun 9/16/2007

Walt Disney World® Resort

8

Hollywood, CA

Fri 9/21/2007 - Sun 9/23/2007

Kodak Theatre 

9

Thousand Oaks, CA

Fri 9/28/2007 - Sun 9/30/2007

Fred Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 

10

Phoenix, AZ

Tue 10/2/2007 - Wed 10/3/2007

US Airways Center 

11

Las Vegas, NV

Fri 10/5/2007 - Mon 10/8/2007

Orleans Arena 

12

Rosemont, IL

Fri 10/12/2007 - Sun 10/14/2007

Rosemont Theatre 

13

Hershey, PA

Fri 10/19/2007 

Giant Center  

14

Canton, OH

Sat 10/20/2007

Canton Memorial Civic Center 

15

Dayton, OH

Sun 10/21/2007

Hara Arena 

16

Amherst, MA

Fri 10/26/2007 

William D. Mullins Memorial Center  

17

Portland, ME

Sat 10/27/2007  

Cumberland County Civic Center 

18

Kingston, RI

Sun 10/28/2007

Ryan Center  

19

Columbus, OH

Fri 11/2/2007 - Sun 11/4/2007

Palace Theater 

20

Wallingford, CT

Fri 11/9/2007 - Sun 11/11/2007

Chevrolet Theatre 

21

Salisbury, MD

Fri 11/16/2007

Wicomico Youth and Civic Center 

22

Binghamton, NY

Sun 11/18/2007  

Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena 

23

Baltimore,  MD

Fri 11/23/2007 - Sat 11/24/2007

Lyric Opera House 

24

Norfolk,  VA

Sun 11/25/2007

Norfolk Scope 

25

Reading, PA

Fri 11/30/2007

Sovereign Center  

26

Philadelphia, PA

Sat 12/1/2007  

Wachovia Spectrum 

27

Trenton, NJ

Sun 12/2/2007  

Sovereign Bank Arena 

28

Lexington, KY

Fri 12/7/2007  

Rupp Arena 

29

Charleston, WV

Sat 12/8/2007  

Municipal Auditorium 

30

Charlottesville, VA

Sun 12/9/2007   

John Paul Jones Arena 

31

Nashville, TN

Fri 12/14/2007

Nashville Municipal Auditorium 

32

Evansville, IN

Sat 12/15/2007

The Centre 

33

Louisville, KY

Sun 12/16/2007

Palace Theatre 

34

Hidalgo, TX

Fri 12/21/2007 - Sun 12/23/2007

Dodge Arena 

35

Houston,  TX

Sun 12/30/2007

Toyota Center