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Disney on Broadway Presenting “Live at the New Am: A Benefit Concert for the Actors Fund” from July 22nd – 25th, 2021

Hi everyone!

Disney on Broadway is presenting “Live at The New Am: A Benefit Concert for The Actors Fund” from July 22nd – 25th, 2021. Ashley Brown, Michael James Scott, Kissy Simmons and Josh Strickland will be performing. We’ve seen them all many times, they are so talented! Just a note – vaccination to attend is required, information on that is noted toward the end.

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July 7, 2021 – Live at The New Am: A Benefit Concert for The Actors Fundcelebrating the reopening of Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre and honoring the remarkable support that The Actors Fund has provided to members of the entertainment industry throughout the pandemic, will treat audiences to the most-beloved hit songs from Disney’s Broadway shows – including “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Whole New World,” “Circle of Life” and “Let it Go” – as performed by Disney on Broadway stars Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Michael James Scott (Aladdin), Kissy Simmons (The Lion King) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan). The concert plays four performances July 22-24 at 7:30 and July 25 at 2.

“For 16 months, New Yorkers have been eager to start going to the theatre again,” said Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer Disney Theatrical Productions. “The Lion King and Aladdin return to Broadway in September, but these four concerts allow us to welcome fans back to Broadway even sooner and give us a chance to raise much-needed funds to support the heroic work being done by the remarkable staff at The Actors Fund.  We cannot wait to return to the exhilaration of musical theatre.  For the first time in forever, we actually can.”

In celebration of this announcement, tonight (July 7 at 8 pm ET), Ashley Brown, Michael James Scott, Kissy Simmons and Josh Strickland will appear on Stars In The House, Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley’s live talk show that has raised more than $1 million to benefit The Actors Fund. Viewers can tune in at StarsInTheHouse.com to watch, donate to The Actors Fund and possibly have their donations read live on air by the special guests.

The Actors Fund has been extraordinarily active during the pandemic, providing more than 16,450 entertainment professionals with grants totaling more than $22 million just since the shutdown last March 2020, a remarkable increase of more than 1000% over its typical grant support prior to the pandemic.

“Over the past 25 years, the casts, crews and staff of Disney Theatrical Productions have been such valued members of The Actors Fund extended family,” said Joseph Benincasa, President and CEO of The Actors Fund. “Their unwavering partnership has helped promote and support our many programs and services that provide vital assistance for our performing arts and entertainment colleagues, who are in need now more than ever. Being part of the reopening celebration of The New Amsterdam Theatre with these special concerts means that even more people will be able to get the help they need.”

Aladdin star Michael James Scott said, “There aren’t enough adjectives to describe how excited and honored I am to get be part of this historic reopening of Broadway and the legendary New Amsterdam Theatre. Bringing this feel-good concert to NYC with some of my closest friends and my DOB family is a dream come true.  Did I mention I’m excited?!”

With the health and safety of guests, cast, musicians, and crew a top priority, all guests entering the theatre for Live at the New Am will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Guests under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

For more information please visit: disneyonbroadway.com/liveatthenewam/healthandsafety/

The performance schedule is as follows:

Thu     7/22/21            7:30pm

Fri       7/23/21             7:30pm

Sat      7/24/21             7:30pm

Sun     7/25/21            2:00pm

* Assisted listening devices will be available for all performances. The matinee on Sunday, July 25 will feature live closed captioning, available via personal devices.


  • Tickets ranging in price from $79.50 to $99.50 are available now through Ticketmaster.
  • A special virtual lottery for $47.50 Balcony tickets is available through BroadwayDirect.
  • Registrations are open currently and will close on Monday July 19 @ 10am; winners will start to be notified the same day, and notifications will continue through Tuesday July 20th.
  • For more information, to purchase tickets or to enter the virtual lottery, please visit https://disneyonbroadway.com/liveatthenewam/

About The Actors Fund: 

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.

Since March 2020, The Actors Fund has distributed more than $21.8 million to more than 16,400 people in the performing arts and entertainment community who need help with basic living expenses such as essential medications, rent, food, utilities and other needs. Overall, The Fund served more than 40,000 people in 2020, a 71% increase from 2019.

For the health and safety of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Actors Fund transitioned to online and phone-based services, which remain available for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community. These services include: the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center; The Career Center; Housing Resources; Addiction & Recovery, HIV/AIDS and Senior Services; Counseling; Emergency Financial Assistance; The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, The Actors Fund Home in New Jersey (our assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and memory care residence) and all of our Affordable Housing residences.

About the Cast:

Ashley Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for “Best Actress.”  Ms. Brown also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour of Mary Poppins where she garnered a Garland Award for “Best Performance in a Musical.” Ms. Brown’s other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, as well as starring in the national tours of Jack O’Brien’s The Sound of Music and Disney’s On the Record.   Ms. Brown has starred in both Oklahoma! and Showboat at Chicago’s Lyric Opera, and has performed with virtually all of the top orchestras in North America including the Boston Pops (twice), the New York Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall (five times), Fort Worth Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops and Philadelphia Orchestra (twice). Ms. Brown’s PBS special called Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible received a PBS Telly Award.  Other television credits include NBC’s The Sound of Music. Ms. Brown is the voice of Disneyland celebrating its 60th anniversary singing the newly penned Richard Sherman song “A Kiss Goodnight.”  Ms. Brown’s album of Broadway and American Songbook standards, Speak Low, and her newly recorded Christmas EP, The Secret of Christmas, are available on Ghostlight/Warner Brothers can be on iTunes and other streaming services.

Michael James Scott has played the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin internationally including Broadway, London, the North American Tour and originating the role in the Australian Production for which he won the prestigious Helpmann Award for best Featured Actor in a Musical. He’s also known for originating the role of the Minstrel on Broadway in Something Rotten and originating Dr. Gotswana (aka The Maggots Guy) in the Tony winning phenomenon The Book of Mormon. Other Broadway credits include Mamma Mia, Tarzan, All Shook Up, The Pirate Queen, Elf and Hair. On the West End he was the associate choreographer and performed in the Broadway revival transfer of Hair. Off-Broadway, co-starring in Here’s to the Public opposite Donna McKechnie, and was also part of the concert cast of Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall. He was the standby for the legendary Ben Vereen in the Int. tour of Fosse, taking over the role in Paris, France at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Outside NYC, original Las Vegas Co. of Jersey Boys and in Shrek the Musical as the Donkey at the famous St. Louis Muny. Regional credits include Aida, Ragtime, South Pacific, Cinderella and Little Shop of Horrors to name a few. Numerous television and film appearances including “The Carrie Diaries” (The WB), “Independent Woman” (Feature Film), “The View” (ABC), “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” (NBC), “The Late Show with Conan O’Brien” (NBC), “Good Morning America” (ABC), “The Today Show” (NBC) “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”(CBS), “The TONY Awards” (CBS) and the new Showtime series “Black Monday.” He was a member of the critically acclaimed singing group The Broadway Boys and grammy nominated Broadway Inspirational Voices and he can be heard on many original Broadway cast albums, multiple studio recordings, and the Broadway Boy’s debut Album Lullaby of Broadway. MichaelJamesScott.com (Instagram/Twitter @iamMJScott)

Kissy Simmons is a native of Floral City, Florida, and graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Speech Communications.  She was also a NCAA Division 1 Track and Field athlete.  Kissy grew up playing the keyboard and singing in church, and was a State Champion high jumper at Citrus High School.  After graduating from the University of South Florida, she got her professional theatre debut at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts where she was seen in Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), Jacques Brel and other seasonal cabaret shows.  Broadway credits include: The Lion King (Nala). First national tour: The Lion King (Nala). Las Vegas: The Lion King (Nala). TV credits include “Smash,” “Hope & Faith,” “30 Rock,” “6 Degrees” and many commercials, voiceovers and print. Thank you, God for your grace and to my biggest fans Anthony and Sadie!

Josh Strickland is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. In 2006, Strickland created the leading role of Tarzan in Disney’s Tarzan on Broadway. In 2009, he made his starring Las Vegas debut in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort while concurrently co-starring in the hit E! reality show “Holly’s World.” Strickland debuted his first single “Report to the Floor,” which skyrocketed to the top five on the iTunes Dance Charts the first week of its release, followed by “Last Dance.” In 2013, Strickland joined the cast of Vegas! The Show at the Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort in Las Vegas in a starring role. Strickland has also appeared internationally with the all-star cast of Disney’s Broadway Hits, including the Emmy winning concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, England. He also reprised his role as Tarzan in Disney’s Musical Tarzan in Oberhausen, Germany at the Stage Metronom Theater. Most recently, Josh was featured on ABC’s popular “Disney Family Singalong” Volume II. Twitter & Instagram: @joshuajstrick