Broadway alumni Bette Midler, James Earl Jones, Kenny Ortega, Ming-Na Wen and Hans Zimmer will be honored as Disney legends at a special award ceremony at the D23 Expo 2019 on August 23 in Anaheim, California. The award recognizes a host of artists who, as Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company, explains, "have made a lasting impact on our business and our creative heritage."
Also honored as Disney legends this year are Robert Downey Jr., Wing Chao, Jon Favreau, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts and Diane Sawyer.
Midler, who won a Tony Award in 2017 for her outstanding performance in London Hello Dolly!is known for a long CV of live action and cartoon titles released by Disney and its affiliates Down and out in Beverly Hills. Reckless people. Outrageous fortune. Big business. beaches. Stella. Scenes from a mall. Oliver & Company, and hocus-pocus,
Jones has voiced Darth Vader in the Disney-controlled Star Wars films, but may be more related to Disney since he appeared in 1994 as Mufasa The Lion King1998 The Lion King 2: Simba's prideand 2015 The Lionguard: The return of the roar, Jones will revive his performance in the upcoming redesign of The Lion King, produced and directed by Favreau, the new Disney Legends director of 2019.
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Ortega, director and choreographer of Broadway's short-lived story Marilyn, Direction and choreography Newsies and hocus-pocus on the big screen and steered the High School Musical and posterity Movie series for the Disney Channel.
Wen, who played in David Henry Hwangs Golden child Broadway in 1998 also featured the title role in Disney's animated Mulan, Who has returned to this role in Mulan 2. House of the mouse. Sofia the first, and Ralph breaks the internet,
Room met The Lion King 1994 on the screen and is credited with additional music and lyrics in the long-standing Broadway adaptation. Zimmer has also filmed many other films for Disney and its affiliates, including White Fang. Cool races. Crimson Tide. Muppet treasure island. The stone. Pearl Harbor. King Arthur. Ironmanand the bane of the Caribbean series.
Former Disney legends, named annually since 1987, include Julie Andrews, Bea Arthur, Howard Ashman, Whoopi Goldberg, Elton John, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Dick Van Dyke and Robin Williams.