Disney + Broadway is pretty much always a winning combination. I mean, right now we've got The Lion King, an old standby that's been selling out shows since its 1997 opening, and Aladdin, the (relatively) new kid on the block that also happens to be my absolute favorite thing on Broadway. And that's not to mention Newsies, currently on tour, which won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Choreography.
Clearly, DS loves putting Disney on Broadway on our covers! (L) The boys of Newsies on our July/August 2012 cover (by Jacob Pritchard); (R) The ladies of Aladdin on our July/August 2014 cover (by Erin Baiano)
If you think about it, the best Disney songs sort of beg for a grandiose theatrical production. Aladdin's "Never Had A Friend Like Me" wants a tap break. Beauty and the Beast's "Be Our Guest" needs a kickline. Mulan's "Be a Man" could really use some epic formation changes. And I'm imagining flashing blue lights and dancing snowflakes for Frozen's "Let It Go."
But YouTube maven Todrick Hall doesn't need all that flash—or any other cast members, for that matter—to pull off a full-on Disney-meets-Broadway extravaganza...because his very essence is Disney-meets-Broadway.
Last week, he released "Evolution of Disney," a video that takes us from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937—the very first Disney feature film) to Frozen (2013) in about five minutes. I especially appreciate his inclusion of certain Disney Channel originals, like High School Musical, Zenon Girl of the 21st Century and The Cheetah Girls. Like his glorious Beyoncé tribute, the video features a four-way split screen, with Hall performing a four-part harmony and, naturally, four-part choreo.
Enough talk. Check it out for yourselves!
Just imagine what he'd be like LIVE. If you like the sound of that, we've got good news: Todrick Hall is going on an international tour this summer! Click here to watch the trailer for The Toddlerz Ball Tour and here to view the schedule and buy tickets. See you there!