Stage and Comedy

FILE - In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, a scene is shown during a performance of Disney's "The Lion King," in Las Vegas. With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, "The Lion King" stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Darrin Bush, FIle)

“It’s difficult not to become emotional at this realization of the show’s impact,” said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer at Disney Theatrical Productions.

In this image released by Polk and Company, Mia Farrow, left, and Brian Dennehy perform in "Love Letters," in New York. The play is made up of letters, Christmas cards, birth announcements and notes between a woman and a man over decades starting in 1937. (AP Photo/Polk and Company, Carol Rosegg)

While the script is clever, the thinness of the spectacle — which the author himself insisted upon — is sadly deflating, as if the audience is being asked to watch an early rehearsal instead of a polished jewel demanding $60 for even the worst seats.

This theater image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Terrence Mann, left, and Matthew James Thomas during a performance of "Pippin," at Broadway's Music Box Theatre in New York. Matthew James Thomas, who originated the role in the Tony Award-winning revival on Broadway, will team up with John Rubinstein, who was the first Broadway Pippin in 1972, and now plays Pippin’s father. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

“There’s a whole new dimension here. It’s like being in some crazy dream. I’m just the luckiest kid on earth,” Thomas said by phone from Denver. Rubinstein agreed in a separate call: “To me, the idea of the old Pippin and the new Pippin being on the same stage — I love that.”