Thomas Schumacher
Matt Furman
United States
2019

The Walt Disney Company

Thomas
Schumacher

President, Disney Theatrical Group

To grasp the scope of Schumacher’s career, one need only look at Disney’s “The Lion King,” for which he’s the only producer involved in all three of its iterations (1994 film, 1997 stage musical and 2019 film). This year, the musical celebrated its 22nd year on Broadway, having grossed a record $9 billion in ticket sales alone from the 25 productions staged worldwide. Among his other current Broadway productions are “Aladdin” and “Frozen,” each of which either has already or will soon generate five additional productions. The onetime president of Disney Feature Animation (1999-2002), Schumacher is also behind a revival of “Mary Poppins,” co-produced with Cameron Mackintosh, that recently bowed on London’s West End. A flamboyant figure in the industry, he’s been with Disney since 1988.

Career

  • Mark Taper Forum
  • The Walt Disney Studios
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios

Education

  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

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Disney Theatrical's Thomas Schumacher Accused of Harassment

Disney Theatrical's Thomas Schumacher Accused of Harassment

Former employees have accused Thomas Schumacher, the president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions and the chairman of the Broadway League, of harassment and inappropriate language.Schumacher is the head of the ultra-successful theatrical division at Disney, the arm of the studio behind family-friendly Broadway smashes “The Lion King” and “Aladdin." Its stage adaptation of “Frozen,” beginning Broadway previews Thursday, is expected to become one of the blockbusters of the season.Allegations against Schumacher, detailed in the Wall Street Journal, include harassment,...

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