Theater fans were left mourning this week when the man who brought “Beauty and the Beast” to Broadway died.
From trumpet player to corporate executive
According to the website Deadline, former Walt Disney Entertainment executive producer Ron Logan passed away on Tuesday at the age of 84.
The Walt Disney Company released a statement which credited Logan with “revolutionizing live entertainment” and hailed him as “a Disney Legend,” a title which was bestowed on him in 2007.
“It made it all worth it,” Logan was quoted as declaring at the time. “The respect that we get as Legends makes it feel like a knighthood.”
“You feel really proud to wear this pin, and to put it along with everything else — it’s the pinnacle of indication that you did okay,” the former executive said of his award.
The statement noted how Logan started off his time with the company as a trumpet player before finally rising to become an executive vice president and executive producer.
Taking Disney to Broadway
He eventually “delighted Disney guests with fireworks, music spectaculars, and Broadway-style stage musicals, all within the gates of Disney Parks.”
“Building on the success of live theme park stage shows, Ron and his team pitched the idea of a Beauty and the Beast Broadway show to leadership, and the same team that produced the Beauty and the Beast stage show at Disneyland helped to create the Broadway version,” it added.
Upon learning of Logan’s passing, fans took to social media where they spoke positively of his legacy.
Disney Legend Ron Logan has died. He was 84.
Logan produced IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth and helped create several other nighttime shows, including Fantasmic!, before he retired in 2001. His last role was executive VP of Creative Entertainment.https://t.co/lFZIzHr7lo pic.twitter.com/b5nvyA127D
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) August 30, 2022
The Disney Company’s statement noted how Logan has a window dedicated to him on Main Street, U.S.A., at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park.
It also explained that he “is survived by his wife, Carol, and daughters Sheryl Logan (Michael Stewart) and Michelle Haney, and grandsons Zachary, Adam, Cristian, Collin, Daniel, and Jackson.”