It's a Musical "Jolly Holiday" as Dick
Van Dyke & The Vantastix
Bring Harmony and Melodic Fun to First Night of Disney's D23 Expo, August
Calif. (July 29, 2011) - Disney fans attending the first day of Disney's D23 Expo,
presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, August 19-21 at the Anaheim
Convention Center, will be able to end their day with an unforgettable evening
of harmony provided by Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix. The popular vocal
quartet is comprised of legendary television, Broadway, and film star Dick Van
Dyke and three renowned west coast musicians-Mike Mendyke, Bryan Chadima and Eric
Bradley. The group will appear in concert on Stage 23 at the D23 Expo on
Friday, August 19, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.
from Van Dyke's varied entertainment career in addition to many well-known
Disney hits and timeless pop standards will be performed by Van Dyke and The
Vantastix in a show rich in humor, pure entertainment and sing-along favorites.
Much of the show's song roster is based on Put On A
the group's inaugural a cappella album, which
features 14 well-known tunes. The CD will be available for
purchase in the D23 Expo Treasure Trove store.
Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix is the result of a
chance meeting of Van Dyke and Mendyke at a Malibu coffee shop in September
2000. With the addition of Chadima and Bradley, the group started "just
for fun," gathering weekly for pizza and singing around Van Dyke's piano,
and soon built up an impressive repertoire of children's songs and standards.
After their first casual performance during the wrap
party for Van Dyke's long-running mystery TV series Diagnosis Murder, the group began to get requests to appear at
charity events and benefits. They have performed at the City of Hope Hospital; the
Beverly Hilton for the Society of Singers Concert honoring Dame Julie Andrews;
the Hollywood Bowl as part of an evening of TV theme songs; and at the awarding
of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Rose Marie, who appeared with Van
Dyke on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
There have also been television appearances at the TV Land Awards, Larry King Live, and a
performance of the National Anthem for the NBA Playoffs and more. The group
continues to perform at benefits in the greater Los Angeles area.
"Hard work and planning are important if one wants to
get ahead in life," Van Dyke says. "More important is leaving one's self open
to the twists and turns, the wonderful surprises that life has to offer. If you
can't bend with the wind, go with the flow, you're gonna miss some great
adventures. These three guys walked into my life from out of nowhere and turned
my Golden Years into pure platinum. We always have
a great time performing together, and we're looking forward to appearing at the
Dick Van Dyke - Van Dyke
began his remarkable career more than 50 years ago in a record-pantomime act
called The Merry Mutes. He then
went on to host several TV shows before starring on Broadway in Bye Bye
Birdie, for which he received a Tony Award®. The classic sitcom The
Dick Van Dyke Show came next, then the screen version of Birdie,
followed by the classic Disney film musical Mary Poppins, the equally
adored movie musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the recent hit Night at the Museum, and a host of other
wonderfully entertaining films. Winner of five Emmy Awards®, Van
Dyke completed nine seasons of the TV series Diagnosis Murder.
Bryan Chadima - Bryan
Chadima is a writer, musical director, arranger, and singer. He was born in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated from Western Michigan University. He has
toured nationally and recorded albums with numerous vocal groups and shows
including Blind Man's Bluff, Gold Company, Vox Lumiere,
and The Three Waiters. His musical directing credits include Klub
Kokomo and Baby It's You. Chadima arranges most of the material
performed by the Vantastix.
Eric Bradley - Bradley's
road to Los Angeles began in Connecticut where he grew up then at the
University of Miami, where he studied music, film, and television, and then to
Chicago, where he started his career as a vocalist and voice-over actor.
Bradley now enjoys a career as a studio singer in LA. His film and TV credits
include The Simpsons Movie, Spiderman 3, Blades of Glory, King
Kong, Superman Returns, The Polar Express, Enchanted, I
Am Legend, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, and the Oscars
telecast. He also sings with jazz sensation Sixth Wave, the 2001 National Harmony
Mike Mendyke - An MIT
graduate and former NASA engineer with degrees in aerospace engineering and
music, Mendyke believes every vocal group should include at least one rocket
scientist. After eight years in the defense industry, he began recording albums
and touring the U.S. and Japan with the vocal group Five O'Clock Shadow.
A longtime advocate of vocal music, Mendyke is a past board member and former
treasurer for The Contemporary A Cappella Society. Mendyke also runs an online
marketing business, as well as music distribution services.
Tickets to the D23 Expo are available at http://www.D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences
and entertainment at the D23 Expo,
including the Disney Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or
for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult
ticket and $37 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and
$106 for children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive a
discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their
About D23 Expo 2011
The D23 Expo-The Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and
Families-brings the entire world of
Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center,
providing guests with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, and
D23 is the
official fan club for The Walt Disney Company - the first-ever in its 88-year
history. The name "D23" pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in
1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. The club gives
its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them
in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication Disney
twenty-three; a rich website at www.Disney.com/D23; a
collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for
D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the bi-annual D23 Expo.
Fans can join D23 at www.Disney.com/D23, select shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney
World Resort and www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and
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