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Pioneering female reporter provides the inspiration for Kara Lindsay's character in Disney "Newsies the Musical"
Elizabeth Jane Cochran didn't exactly make headlines when she was born in Western Pennsylvania 148 years ago this Saturday. But all of that would change when -- at just 16 years of age -- Ms. Cochran took up the pen name Nellie Bly and thus became America's first female investigative reporter...
3 May 2012
Live cast recording of "Mary Poppins" finally captures the revamped version of this Disney, Cameron Mackintosh production
It's been kind of a sore point for a while now (at least among theatre fans & Disney audiophiles) that the only recording of the "Mary Poppins" stage musical which was available for purchase was the original London cast recording of this show . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. / Cameron...
27 Jul 2011
Why Walt Disney Feature Animation opted NOT to make "My Peoples"
I'm sure that you're already familiar with that Audio Animatronic version of Abraham Lincoln which appears in The Hall of Presidents at WDW 's Magic Kingdom . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved And maybe you've seen that cool, new NextGen version of Honest Abe which...
21 Feb 2011
Where to go & what to see over the MLK weekend if you're a Disneyana fan
We got any " No Ordinary Family " fans out there? The cast of "No Ordinary Family." (L to R) Romany Malco, Kay Panabaker, Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Jimmy Bennett, Autumn Reeser and Stephen Collins. Photo by Bob D'Amico. Copyright American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights...
14 Jan 2011
Toy Tuesday: Donny Osmond introduces Dance Star Mickey
So how long has Donny Osmond been closely associated with The Walt Disney Company? "About 200 or 300 years," this pop icon joked as he made an appearance yesterday in the Mattel showroom at the American International Toy Fair . Which isn't entirely true. I mean, Donny's brothers did get their big break...
16 Feb 2010
Tune Thursday: “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” returns to the Goodspeed Opera House
Every family has Christmas Eve traditions. For the Hills … Well, first we eat itty-bitty pizzas. Then the family gathers in the living room, where – going from oldest to youngest – we each hang up our stocking before taking a single candy cane off of the Christmas tree. Whereas for the Gattelli family...
10 Dec 2009
Tune Tuesday: Disney to celebrate the performing arts in 2010
If you’re a fan of The Walt Disney Company’s theatrical productions , then you should probably make a point of setting your TiVo to record Friday’s “ Live with Regis & Kelly ” (when the Las Vegas company of “ The Lion King ” will be making an appearance on that syndicated morning talk show) as well...
24 Nov 2009
London’s original musical “Mary” is now Broadway’s newest nanny
This is Sardi’s . The 82 year-old restaurant that was once the white-hot center of the celebrity universe. Photo by Nancy Stadler By that I mean: You weren’t really considered a star in NYC unless your caricature adorned the wall of this exclusive eatery. Which is why -- as you wander the halls at 234...
6 Nov 2009
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...
23 Oct 2009
“Shrek the Musical” piles on the promotions, gets ready to launch its national tour in July of 2010
You gotta give DreamWorks Theatricals & Neal Street Productions their props. These folks will do whatever they have to in order to make sure that “ Shrek the Musical ” stands out from the crowd. Seem that much more different than all the other shows that are currently running on Broadway. Take –...
2 Oct 2009
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