Global Showbiz Briefs: Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Musical Headed To Japan; Steve McQueen Set For European Film Academy Honor; More

Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company are bringing Aladdin to Tokyo. This is the first international production of the Broadway musical comedy and is hitting a market where Disney’s feature animation Frozen recently grossed a record-breaking $250M. Performances will begin in May at the Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo. Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20 and features music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Oscar winner Howard Ashman and Tony and Oscar winner Tim Rice, and Tony nominee Chad Beguelin. Lyrics will be translated into Japanese by Chikae Takahashi, who worked on the Japanese translation for Frozen. The Tokyo production will be cast locally and performed in Japanese. This marks the fifth collaboration between Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company following the successful and current runs of Beauty And The Beast, The Lion King, Aida and The Little Mermaid.

66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - ArrivalsBritish director Steve McQueen will be presented with the honorary European Achievement in World Cinema Award by the European Film Academy at its awards ceremony in December. McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave won the Best Picture Oscar last year, and the helmer’s credits also include Hunger and Shame. For Hunger, he won the EFA’s European Discovery of the Year prize, and Shame took European Film Awards for cinematography and editing.

Gaumont International Television is expanding its sales team and has appointed Hana Zidek to the newly created position of VP Distribution. Based in London, she will report to Erik Pack, Head of International Distribution and Co-Production, and will be responsible for sales to Central & Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Benelux. Zidek will be part of the team that is traveling to Mipcom next month. She joins from A&E Television in London, where she served as Director of International Content Sales EMEA. She has also served as Director of International Sales for Lionsgate International Television.

Picturehouse Cinemas and the UK’s National Media Museum have struck a commercial cinema partnership. Starting on October 31, the new venture called Picturehouse at National Media Museum will see Picturehouse taking over the operation of the three screens at the museum in Bradford, England: the 300-seat Pictureville, the 100-seat Cubby Broccoli Cinema and Europe’s first Imax screen. “Film and cinematography are key chapters in the story that this Museum tells,” museum director Jo Quinton-Tulloch said. “Our partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas will ensure the long-term sustainability of cinema on this site.” Said Picturehouse Managing Director Lyn Goleby, “The National Media Museum is an incredibly important part of cinema geography and cinema heritage in the UK, and we are very much looking forward to becoming part of its future.

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