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  • Blog Post: “Lion King” ‘s Buyi Zama goes from beauty to baboon in under 25 minutes

    When you think about the stage version of Disney’s “The Lion King,” what first comes to mind? For some, it might be Elton John & Sir Tim Rice ’s terrific score. While others might talk up the brilliant job that Julie Taymor did with staging this Tony Award-winner. Which Newsweek magazine called ...
  • Blog Post: Practice makes perfect with the stage version of Disney's "The Lion King"

    Can it really be almost twelve years since Julie Taymor ’s acclaimed stage adaptation of “The Lion King” first bowed on Broadway? Given that the London production just celebrated its 10 th anniversary at the Lyceum Theatre , I guess the answer to that question would have to be “Yes...
  • Blog Post: Keep an eagle eye out for The Haunted Mansion’s Hatbox Ghost

    While I was out at Comic-Con last month, I was slipped a preview copy of the Fall 2009 issue of Disney twenty-three magazine . Which features a terrific cover story, “Celebrating 40 years of Frights & Delights at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.” Copyright 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved This 10 page...
  • Blog Post: How sometimes being in the wrong place is the right thing to do

    BoagaloonsFanNo1 writes in to say: I just found this great set of clips from Wally Boag 's appearance on the Muppets Show over on YouTube . And since you're such a huge Disney / Muppets fan, I was wondering if you knew anything about how Wally got hired to appear on that show. You're in luck, BoagaloonsFanNo1...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : Inside "The American Idol Experience"

    Now that " Toy Story Mania " has finally officially opened on both coasts , Disney Parks & Resorts turns its attention to the next high profile project on the horizon. Which is that " American Idol Experience " attraction which is due to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios sometime in January of 2009...
  • Blog Post: "How Does the Show Go On?" lifts the curtain on what goes on behind-the-scenes at a Broadway musical

    How's this for a somewhat cruel irony? On the very first day that "How Does the Show Go On? An Introduction to the Theater" (Disney Editions, November 2007) was officially available for purchase (i.e. November 27th), the show was NOT going on. As in: 28 of Broadway's theaters were still dark due to Local...
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