Original Mary Poppins star Ashley Brown and Broadway's Tarzan, Josh Strickland, will join Academy and Tony Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice as part of as part of The New York Times 10th annual Arts & Leisure weekend celebration.
The 6 PM event, which will take place Jan. 7, 2011, will celebrate Disney's Broadway musicals. Rice has collaborated on such Disney stage musicals as Aida, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and King David, as well as the films "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."
In addition to Brown and Strickland, the evening will feature Heidi Blickenstaff (The Little Mermaid), Merle Dandridge (Tarzan, Aida, Jesus Christ Superstar), Christopher Jackson (In the Heights, The Lion King), Tshidi Manye (The Lion King) and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King).
James Abbott will musical direct Sir Tim Rice & Friends, which will offer selections from King David, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid.