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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
Monday Mouse Watch: Can you actually hear swearing on the "High School Musical : The Concert" DVD? Oh $#!+
It's the word that every Disney executive dreads: Recall. Officials at the Mouse House still shudder when they think back on the " Rescuers " recall of 1999. When 3.4 million copies of that newly released video had to be pulled off store shelves. All because -- in just two frames out of the 110,000 that...
8 Jul 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
Davis derails Disney annual shareholder meeting
On behalf of the Walt Disney Company and its stockholders, I'd like to apologize to the city of New Orleans. I mean, hasn't this beautiful city suffered enough? After having been blown about by Hurricane Katrina , was it really necessary to then expose the Big Easy to yet another long-winded female,...
8 Mar 2007
Will "The Little Mermaid" 's 'way-out-of-town try-out actually keep Broadway gossips at bay?
All you Disney theatre fans out there might want to make a point of circling March 18th on your calendars. You see, that's the day that tickets for the world premiere of Disney Theatrical 's next production, " The Little Mermaid ," will officially go on sale. Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises Of course...
11 Feb 2007
Scrooge U: Part XXXVII -- Ahrens & Menken deliver delightful "A Christmas Carol: The Musical"
"Tell the truth. You're getting kind of tired of writing about ' A Christmas Carol ,' aren't you?" No, this wasn't an e-mail that some disgruntled JHM reader sent me. But -- rather -- the ever-wise & patient Nancy (Who -- FYI -- has been formatting each & every one...
28 Dec 2006
Scrooge U: Part XXXI -- "A Diva's Christmas Carol" puts a silly but cynical spin on the season
Some adaptations of "A Christmas Carol" are like a huge holiday meal. Rich, meaty, memorable. Really stick-to-your-ribs kind of shows. And then there are those holiday specials like " A Diva's Christmas Caro l." Which are the television equivalent of Chinese food. Don't get...
22 Dec 2006
Scrooge U : Part XXIX -- "An All Dogs Christmas Carol" is mutt ado about nothing
Well, at least there's some truth-in-advertising to be found in this 1998 home premiere. For -- though " An All Dogs Christmas Carol " may not actually be an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale -- this holiday special is definitely a dog. Copyright 1998 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation...
20 Dec 2006
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