June 16, 2024


Art Is Experience

‘Disney on Broadway’ coronavirus fundraiser has been canceled over streaming rights

A fundraising streaming of 2019’s Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway has been canceled after the organizers failed to get the rights.

‘Disney on Broadway’ had been set to air Monday on Broadwaycares.org with proceeds supporting the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, which was created to help actors and other theatre personnel through the financially difficult time.

Broadway Cares released a statement saying the streaming was canceled because they were unable to reach a deal with the American Federation of Musicians, a union representing the rights of 800,000 orchestra, theater, film and television performers.

Broadway Cares said it had already received permission from Disney, Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

Monday’s rebroadcast of the November, 2019, concert would have been hosted by Ryan McCartan — who currently plays Hans in ‘Frozen’ — from his basement.

Broadway theatres have been shuttered since mid-March in accordance with an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo order, who has extended the shutdown till June, leaving many actors turning to this fund.