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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2007 11:24 pm | Updated: 7:53 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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 month, it was announced today by Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions.

Produced by Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment 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 the performances in Phoenix at the US Airways Center are on sale.

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, from the Disney organization, 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 of 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 No. 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.

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 The Mickey 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.”

For information and to purchase ticket for Playhouse Disney Live!, visit www.playhousedisneylive.com.

The show dates and times are 7 p.m. Oct. 2, and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 3rd. Ticket prices are $20, $30, $35 and $70. Purchase tickets at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 480-784-4444 or at www.ticketmaster.com.

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