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Disney Theatrical shutters West Coast office

Eleven jobs eliminated in Glendale closing

Disney Theatrical Group has shuttered its Glendale office, with 11 jobs eliminated of the 14 that were based in the West Coast outpost, according to Disney.

Two of the office’s employees will remain in L.A., with one moving to New York. Carol Nygren, the Glendale-based exec of Disney Live Family Entertainment, departs the company.

The Glendale office of Disney Theatrical dealt largely with Disney on Ice and Disney Live offerings, which are separate from the company’s Broadway output, including long-running moneymaker “The Lion King” and “Mary Poppins.” The live and on-ice operations will be shifted entirely to Gotham.

A rep for Disney positioned the move as a streamlining of the business that falls in line with infrastructure changes on the studio side.

Disney Theatrical kicked off its Broadway business in 1994 with “Beauty and the Beast,” which ran for 13 years, and has also included “Aida,” and, most recently, “Tarzan” and “The Little Mermaid,” neither of which recouped in their original Broadway productions. Along with touring productions and some international versions of those shows, the division also handles the development of stage adaptations of popular properties including “High School Musical.”

Disney Theatrical also has developed a Peter Pan prequel, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” expected to play Off Broadway this season in a staging not produced by Disney Theatrical. A legit tuner version of “Dumbo” is said to be in the works.

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