It’s fun to reminisce about shows and attractions past at Walt Disney World. Today, I want to look back at all the shows that have graced the Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, past and present!
Theater of the Stars
You’ll likely know this stage as the one that plays host to Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage.
This stage is located on Sunset Boulevard, on the right side if you’re facing the Tower of Terror.
If you’re standing in front of the entrance to the Theater of the Stars, facing it, turn a little to your left—there’s where you enter for Fantasmic!
Currently, you can catch The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends here!
1989: Hollywood! Hollywood! A Star-Studded Spectacular
Theater of the Stars opened with MGM Studios (as Hollywood Studios was named) on May 1, 1989.
The show ran until August 31st of the same year.
Here are some clips from that opening day show!
1990: Swing, Swing, Swing
It’s possible that Swing, Swing, Swing is the shortest-lived stage show in all of Disney history. It opened on April 7, 1990.
Just 12 days later, on April 18, 1990, the show ended. Talk about a flop!
Because it played for so little time, I couldn’t find any videos of the show to share with you.
1990: Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross
The Theater of the Stars was empty for a very short while before Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross opened on May 21, 1990.
Dick Tracy didn’t run much longer than Hollywood! Hollywood! A Star-Studded Spectacular, closing around nine months before closing on February 16, 1991.
You can watch the entire show from 1990 here!
1991: Hollywood’s Pretty Woman
A few months later, on September 24, 1991, Hollywood’s Pretty Woman took the stage at Theater of the Stars.
While it lasted a bit longer than Swing, Swing, Swing, this show closed just two months later, on November 3, 1991.
Watch the whole show below.
1991: Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage 1991-2001
Of course, the Theater of the Stars is best known for this short rendition of the mega-popular Beauty and the Beast.
The show opened in 1991, on November 22nd, the same day the film was released.
This version of Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage ran until March 2001. Overall, this stage show ran until 2020.
Check out this video of the show from 1995!
2017: The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters
This show was a temporary special performance that occurred later in the day after all the Beauty and the Beast shows had concluded.
It didn’t replace Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage, it was just an additional performance.
It began at the Theater of the Stars on May 26, 2017, and closed later that year on August 27.
Watch the special performance here!
2001: Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage 2001-2020
In 2001, the Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage show was updated with a few new songs and a new order.
It was largely the same as the show that ran prior to it, and it’s considered the same stage show, just updated.
This version of the show ran recently this year when it was replaced with The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends.
Watch Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage now!
2020: The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends
The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends just debuted in August 2020, so it’s completely brand new to the Theater of the Stars.
This show is temporary, and we’re not sure what will replace it, or if Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage will eventually return.
The good news is, if you miss Beauty and the Beast, some of those characters make an appearance during the show!
Check out the new show for yourself here.
The Theater of the Stars has been around since the very beginning, and quite a few shows have graced its stage. I am looking forward to what’s next!
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