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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
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
“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
Tune Thursday: Christopher Sieber kneels to get a rise out of Broadway audiences
Christopher Sieber has a favor to ask of his fans: No more questions about his knees. Please? “Seriously, my knees are fine,” Sieber laughed, “Everything else on my body hurts right now. But my knees are great.” Of course, it’s easy to understand why friends, family, even perfect strangers would continually...
11 Jun 2009
Tune Tuesday: Is Disney Theatrical getting ready to mark down "Mary" ?
If you're planning on watching this Thursday morning's broadcast of Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade , be prepared to see an awful lot of Disney. And -- no -- I'm not talking about that Buzz Lightyear balloon which will be making its debut in this year's parade. Or the fact that Miley Cyrus will be appearing...
25 Nov 2008
Is Disney looking to trade its 5th Avenue store in for a brand-new retail location down on Times Square?
As you might expect, NYC's World of Disney is currently all tricked out for trick-or-treat time. Photo by Jim Hill And as you wander all three floors of this 5th Avenue store, you'll find all sorts of Halloween-related materials. From 15th anniversary " Nightmare Before Christmas " merch ... Photo by...
21 Oct 2008
"High School Musical 5 & 6" ?! "Beauty & the Beast" headed back to Broadway ?!
So -- in the weeks & months ahead -- we've got " My School Musical " on the Disney Channel , " High School Musical: Get in the Picture " on ABC as well as the theatrical release of " High School Musical 3 ." But how far exactly is the Walt Disney Company planning on stretching the "High School Musical...
2 Jun 2008
"Anything Can Happen If You Let It" chronicles Mary Poppins' journey from page to stage
Do you want the Disneyana fan on your holiday shopping list to have a very "Mary" Christmas? Then be sure and pick them up a copy of Brian Sibley & Michael Lassell's " Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It " (Disney Editions, December 2007). Subtitled "The Story Behind the Journey from...
18 Dec 2007
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