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Tune Tuesday: "Beauty" takes her final bow on Broadway
Little town It's a quiet village, Ev'ry day Like the one before Okay. So it isn't a "Little town." It's the Big Apple. And it wasn't a day "... Like the one before." This was Sunday, July 29th. The night when Broadway's "Beauty and the Beast" finally ended its 13 year run. Photo by Nancy Stadler Inside...
30 Jul 2007
Broadway's last Belle looks back on her brief turn in this long-running musical
Anneliese van der Pol is not the first actress to play Belle in Broadway's version of "Beauty & the Beast" (That honor went to stage veteran Susan Egan . Who -- these days -- is probably best known to Disneyana fans as the voice of Megara in " Hercules ") ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All...
18 Jul 2007
As "Tarzan" swings off Broadway, is Beyoncé getting ready to play Aida in Disney's next big movie musical?
First up, Kevin writes in to say: I was just wondering, how do Disney executives feel about the Wiggles joining up with Six Flags for the " Wiggles World " theme areas in their parks? Is this a sign that the Wiggles and Disney may be parting company soon? Kevin Dear Kevin -- Nope. You have to understand...
5 Jul 2007
Why For do the Imagineers keep adding new characters to Disney's classic theme park attractions?
Earlier this week, Perry T. sent me the following e-mail : Jim, Are you as sick as I am about how the Imagineers keep forcing characters into older attractions at the Disney theme parks? Just in the past six months, we've had that new " Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor " show replace the Magic Kingdom 's old...
21 Jun 2007
Why (For) Pat Carroll wasn't actually Disney's first choice to voice Ursula in "The Little Mermaid"
Steve T. writes in to say: My family and I caught a sneak preview of " Nancy Drew " this past weekend. And I was surprised to see Pat Carroll do a cameo in that movie. She's always been one of my favorites, even before she did her memorable turn in Disney's " The Little Mermaid ." But I've also heard...
14 Jun 2007
Monday Mouse Watch : Is Disney milking it a bit too much with its "High School Musical" franchise ?
Good God. Has it really been less than a year and a half since " High School Musical " originally debuted on the Disney Channel ? Copyright 2006 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved Back in January of 2006, Mouse House execs were just hoping that they hadn't wasted any of their promotional money...
10 Jun 2007
Tune Thursday : Disney Theatrical has big, big plans for "The Little Mermaid"
As Ed Sullivan used to say, get ready for " ... a really big show." Or should I say " ... a really TALL show" ? Either way, that's all that the folks at Disney Theatrical can talk about these days. The immense size of the sets that scenic designer George Tsypin has created for their newest musical, ...
23 May 2007
Tune Tuesday : Meet the (Julie) Andrews Sisters
Barry S. of Stowe, VT writes in to say: Dear Jim - Since you're such a fan of visual effects , I was wondering if you've seen Christina Aguilera 's new video, " Candyman ". Didn't the effect artists who worked on this production do a great job ? The digital doubling of Christina looks seamless to me...
16 Apr 2007
Do you think that Disney invented the in-park movie premiere ? Think again
Judging by many of the comments that have been posted on various Disneyland discussion boards around the Web, " Pirates of the Caribbean " fans are obviously looking forward to lining up along the red carpet on May 19th . Just so that they can then catch a glimpse of Johnny Depp & Co. as they stroll...
4 Apr 2007
Toon Tuesday : "WALL E" skillfully blends sci-fi & satire to tell a surprisingly sweet tale
By now, you've probably seen pictures of " WALL E " 's title character. Maybe you've even caught a glimpse of this film's unique-looking logo. But what do you actually know about Pixar 's 2008 release? Very little, I'll bet. Which is standard operating procedure for this Emeryville-based animation studio...
26 Feb 2007
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