I guess this was inevitable, but Disney must have a lot of faith in theatergoers bringing all their friends and family with them to pay this kind of scratch for the rights.
Oh, and this isn’t even for an original production. This is for the movie the stage director filmed of the stage show. I wonder if this is primarily a Disney+ play. Get some money from theaters, but then use it as a tentpole for the streaming service.
Disney won the deal with a commitment for a wide global theatrical release for the 2 hour, 40 minute movie, which was shot two weeks before the original cast left.