VIENNA, Va., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Feld Entertainment, Inc., producers of Disney On Ice and Disney Live!, is taking top performing cable TV series for preschoolers to the stage in Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure. Featuring characters from the smash hits Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates, this brand new production launches a 90-city national tour in July, followed by its world premiere in Hollywood, Cal., on September 27. Tickets for all 2013 engagements go on sale May 28.
"The Feld Entertainment mission of providing quality live entertainment experiences that the entire family enjoys starts with Disney Live! because it is often a young fan's first theatrical experience," said producer Alana Feld. "Children everywhere are falling in love with Sofia and Jake, and we are thrilled to bring these popular Disney Junior characters to the stage for the first time ever."
In this original storyline, Mickey and Minnie lead the audience on an exciting adventure that will have families rooting for their favorite pirate Jake and Disney's first little girl princess Sofia. Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure begins with a special interactive pre-show featuring the loveable 6-year-old doctor to toys and stuffed animals, Doc McStuffins. Children and their parents will sing "The Check-Up Song" along with Doc as she provides tender love and care.
Audiences will then embark on a journey to the magical world of Enchancia, where Sofia, her step-siblings Amber and James, and the entire kingdom are preparing for the annual friendship festival. Sofia has the honor of delivering the perfect gift to her royal subjects at the celebration, and the one-and-only Cinderella visits the castle to help Sofia in her mission to find just the right present.
The excitement continues when families cast away to Never Land where Jake and his Yo Ho pirate friends Izzy and Cubby are in a race against time to locate a mysterious treasure-filled volcano. Danger, thrills and adventure lurk around every turn when our swashbuckling friends battle Captain Hook for the ultimate prize. Peter Pan makes a special appearance, aiding the team in their heroic quest, and with the help of Tinker Bell's pixie dust, Jake and his crew fly above the stage in their journey.
In 2012, "Doc McStuffins" and "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" ranked as cable TV's Top 2 series for all kids ages 2-5, reaching 46.7 million and 36.5 million unique total viewers, respectively, throughout the year. Launching at the top 2013, "Sofia the First" is cable TV's #1 series year to date among Kids 2-5 and Girls 2-5, and is the #1 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers and Women 18-49. In fact, the November 18, 2012 premiere of its introductory TV movie, "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess" became the #1 cable TV telecast ever in Kids 2-5, and #1 preschool cable TV telecast of all time in Total Viewers (8.2 million) and Women 18-49.
Producers Alana Feld and Kenneth Feld have hand selected an award-winning, talented creative team to build this spectacular.
- Director/Choreographer Fred Tallaksen is the award-winning choreographer of Madonna's "Sorry" video and the finale of her Confessions World Tour. In 2008, he earned a Latin Grammy® in the Best Video category for Juanes's "Me Enamora." Tallaksen was also skating choreographer for "Austin Powers III-Goldmember" and was the Director and Choreographer behind Feld Entertainment's Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever! and Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival, and Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey® Presents Fully Charged, Gold Edition.
- Writer Bradley Zweig is a three-time Emmy-nominated Executive Producer and Head Writer for Sid the Science Kid produced by the Jim Henson Company for PBS. He has written for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, CW and Cartoon Network. Zweig has written for Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! as well as four Ringling Bros. productions.
- Costume Designer Mirena Rada has designed for Tony Award-winning Broadway plays Avenue Q, Criss Angel's Mindfreak, and Pera Palas, where she won the Circle Award for Best Costume Design. Rada has also designed costumes for many Walt Disney World productions including Fantasmic featured at Tokyo Disney Seas, the SoundSational Parade at Disneyland, Flights of Fantasy, Hong Kong Disneyland's 5th Anniversary Parade, and Jubilation, Tokyo Disneyland's 25th Anniversary Parade. She also worked with Disney on the 2007 film Enchanted.
- Scenic Designer Rick Papineau is the Vice President of Scenic Elements at Feld Entertainment and is credited for leading the creation of life-like versions of the characters from Disney/Pixar's Cars that move on ice for Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. He served as scenic designer for Disney Live! Mickey's Rockin' Road Show, Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival, Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever!, Feld Motor Sports' Nuclear Cowboyz SM and Ringling Bros. Presents Fully Charged, Gold Edition.
- Lighting Designer Sam Doty has assisted in building and planning every Feld Entertainment production since 2006 including Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy, Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival, three editions of Ringling Bros., and most recently, Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!
- Musical Director David Killinger is the music director for Feld Entertainment, overseeing all aspects of music for Ringling Bros., Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Nuclear Cowboyz. He has conducted the Ringling Bros. circus band for over 10,000 performances. Conductor, composer, arranger and trumpet player, Killinger has performed for millions of people worldwide, including six American presidents.
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ABOUT FELD ENTERTAINMENT
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, and Marvel Universe Live.
ABOUT DISNEY THEATRICAL GROUP (DTG) operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher and is among the world's most successful commercial theatre enterprises, bringing live entertainment events to a global annual audience of more than 19 million people in more than 50 countries. Under the Disney Theatrical Productions banner, the group produces and licenses Broadway musicals around the world, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida, TARZAN®, Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, and Peter and the Starcatcher.
Disney Theatrical Group also delivers live shows globally through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney On Ice and Disney Live! For over 30 years, Disney On Ice and Disney Live! have brought beloved Disney stories and characters annually to over 12 million guests in nearly 50 countries worldwide through productions such as Rockin' Ever After, Dare to Dream, Treasure Trove, Mickey's Rockin' Road Show and Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! In addition, DTG licenses musical titles for local, school and community theatre productions through Music Theatre International.
ABOUT DISNEY JUNIOR
Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior's series blend Disney's unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network's biggest yearly audience in the day part in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. The magic continues in 2013, with the block currently home to the Top 3 cable TV series in Kids 2-5 and Top 4 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. Disney Junior channels in Japan, India and Disney Junior Portugal launched in fall 2012, bringing the total number of channels to 33 worldwide.
SOURCE Feld Entertainment, Inc.