By Taylor Roberts
Backed by the bravery, courage and kindness of Disney princesses, Arielle Jacobs along with Broadway stars Susan Egan, Anneliese van der Pol and Syndee Winters will bring a “shining, shimmering, splendid” celebration to The Lincoln Center on March 13 for Disney Princess – The Concert. These former Disney princesses will be joined by magical Music Director Benjamin Rauhala and enchanting prince Adam J. Levy for an unforgettable evening of songs and stories.
Known for her many roles on Broadway and beyond, including her time as Jasmine in the Broadway production of Disney’s Aladdin, Jacobs shared with us what it means to bring these extraordinary characters to life on stage.
“To be able to play a character that’s going through a journey that’s challenging and then choosing to be courageous and brave and kind, that’s really what the Disney princess characters are all about,” says Jacobs. “They’re all courageous. They’re all kind. They’re all brave in their own way. To be able to make the choice in every song to choose those paths, that’s really empowering because as a person, I think most people might not feel so brave in their everyday lives. That’s why we look up to these characters and we are inspired by these characters.”
Disney Princess – The Concert is an immersive experience for any Disney fan regardless of age. The performance features live music and projected animations from your favorite Disney moments including songs from the live-action films and Broadway productions.
Sharing a name with a mermaid princess and playing another on stage, Jacobs has a unique connection with these characters, but her favorite part of the show is actually quite unexpected and she’s keeping it a secret.
“My favorite part is not one you would expect. We sing a song as a quartet in four-part harmony and it’s not actually a Disney princess song. It’s kind of like a jazzy 1940s Andrews Sisters arrangement,” says Jacobs. “You have to come see it because it’s a surprise.”
While you won’t see costumed characters on stage, Jacobs and her fellow performers encourage everyone to dress up and sing along.
“It’s a chance to come in celebration of any Disney character that you love,” says Jacobs. “Don’t be afraid to sing out with us. We love it.”
This performance contains surprises around every riverbend including Jacob’s favorite part of the show and behind-the-scenes stories from each of the actresses’ time playing the roles of Disney princesses. The opening number is also full of hidden gems.
“The very first song in our show is a new song that was recently released by Disney Music and recorded by Brandy. It’s called ‘Starting Now’, and it’s never been performed on stage before so we are the first people to perform it,” says Jacobs. “The lyrics are very cool because if you listen closely, you’ll hear the titles and words from Disney princess songs weaved into the lyrics.”
Want to meet these Broadway stars? VIP experiences are also available and include a variety of Disney swag. To purchase a VIP package or learn more, please visit LCtix.com/disney-princess.
Please note, this production features Broadway performers appearing as themselves. Costumed Disney characters do not appear at this event.
Safety Protocols for Disney Princess – The Concert
All patrons five years of age and older will be required to provide either: 1) proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 with photo/student ID or 2) proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted by a lab or recognized test provider taken within 72 hours of performance time with photo/student ID. Home tests are not accepted. Children under five are exempt from having to present either proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 testing. IDs are not required for children under 16. For more information click here. Additionally, masks are required for all persons age 3 and older regardless of vaccination status. This mask requirement will remain in place beyond February 11, 2022, when the Larimer County Public Health Order expires.