Epcot Gets Not One But Two Tarzans Stopping By International Festival Of The Arts
If you have never had the chance to see the Disney hit Tarzan on Broadway, you are definitely missing out! The show has been wildly successful and now is your chance to see not one, but two of the men who played the role of Tarzan!
Josh Strickland, who originated the role, and Kevin Massey who followed him recently sat down with D23. As fate would have it, they are both performing in this year’s Disney on Broadway Concert Series during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
When you both look back, what was your favorite part of playing Tarzan on Broadway?
Josh: Mine was actually learning to fly. I think that both Kevin and I can attest that when you go into an audition and they hand you a hard hat, that is unusual. But flying was one of the most thrilling parts.
Kevin: I agree. One thing I learned about myself was just getting “in” my body. Like Josh said, flying in the air is one thing, but also learning all the movement and realizing that this awkward person that I am can still get some things out of it that I didn’t think were in there! We did yoga every morning, and all of the sudden I was able to touch my toes which I was never able to do before.
Talk about your upcoming shows at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
Josh: I think is really cool to see the fans—and new fans. There are always Broadway fans, but then you get the new fans who love Disney who have never seen a Broadway show. They get to see the talent that [Disney] Theatrical has. I think that that’s one of the coolest things.
Kevin: Josh and I have been able to be with it from the beginning. We feel like original cast members, and it just keeps growing and growing. One thing I’ve been impressed with is just how big the catalogue of Disney Theatrical songs is. Some of the songs we sing are only in theatrical productions not the movie versions. And every year it’s different. We’ve been back all three years, but each concert I’ve done, some part of it has been different.
Josh: And since we’re not playing a character, we are just ourselves. We get to do stuff that we would never even get hired for: like, to sing “My Strongest Suit” from Aida is really cool.
2019 Disney on Broadway Concert Series Schedule
See who’s lighting up the stage in the Disney on Broadway Concert Series—now 7 days per week! Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily from January 18 to February 25, 2019.
Performances and Dates
- 18th and 19th – Kerry Butler & Kevin Massey
- 20th and 21st – Meredith Inglesby & Steve Blanchard
- 22nd and 23rd – Kerry Butler & Kevin Massey
- 24th and 25th – Meredith Inglesby & Steve Blanchard
- 26th – Kerry Butler & Kevin Massey
- 27th – Meredith Inglesby & Steve Blanchard
- 28th and 29th – Arielle Jacobs & Adam Jacobs
- 30th and 31st – Heidi Blickenstaff & Gavin Lee
- 1st and 2nd – Arielle Jacobs & Adam Jacobs
- 3rd and 4th – Heidi Blickenstaff & Gavin Lee
- 5th and 6th – Arielle Jacobs & Adam Jacobs
- 7th and 8th – Heidi Blickenstaff & Gavin Lee
- 9th – Arielle Jacobs & Adam Jacobs
- 10th – Heidi Blickenstaff & Gavin Lee
- 11th and 12th – Ashley Brown & Josh Strickland
- 13th and 14th – Kissy Simmons & Alton Fitzgerald White
- 15th and 16th – Ashley Brown & Josh Strickland
- 17th and 18th – Kissy Simmons & Alton Fitzgerald White
- 19th and 20th – Ashley Brown & Josh Strickland
- 21st and 22nd – Kissy Simmons & Alton Fitzgerald White
- 23rd – Ashley Brown & Josh Strickland
- 24th – Kissy Simmons & Alton Fitzgerald White
- 25th – Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, Kissy Simmons, Alton Fitzgerald White
Source Credit: Disney Parks Blog, Walt Disney World
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