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Scrooge U : Part III -- Barrymoore No More
Picking up where we left off yesterday ... Most of you Disney dweebs out there will probably be able to identify this character. Copyright 1964 Walt Disney Productions That's right. Admiral Boom from Walt Disney Productions' 1964 release, " Mary Poppins ." Naming this next character...
24 Nov 2006
New stage version of "Mary Poppins" may not be practically perfect in every way, but it's still a memorable night at the theater
" Mary Poppins " touched down on Broadway last night, toting a carpet bag that was filled to the brim with new songs, colorful sets & costumes as well as eye-popping special effects. Copyright 2006 Disney / CML. Photo by Joan Marcus Of course, the big question is: Will Disney purists (As well as...
16 Nov 2006
"Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P.L. Travers" shines a spotlight on this somewhat troubled, deeply private author
In the movie version of " Mary Poppins ," Mr. Banks & Mary have a rather famous exchange. After dozens of chimney sweeps have come spilling out of Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane, the enraged banker then turns to the nanny and says: Mr. Banks: Just a moment, Mary Poppins. What is the meaning of this outrage...
14 Nov 2006
Breaking the "Mary Poppins" stalemate
When musical theater fans complain about Disney Theatrical (And they do complain about Disney Theatrical. If you don't believe me, go check out the discussion boards over at Talkin' Broadway and Broadway World ), their main complaint about the Mouse seems to be that " ... the shows that Disney presents...
9 Nov 2006
DreamWorks plans on kicking its "Shrek" franchise into ogre-drive with next year's "Shrek the Halls" holiday special
Yesterday's announcement that DreamWorks Animation SKG will be producing "Shrek the Halls," a new holiday special for ABC, caught a number of animation professionals by surprise. Not so much because this Glendale-based animation company was looking to move into television. As DreamWorks Animation's 2004...
6 Nov 2006
Disney's long, long journey to Oz
It was 50 years ago tonight that the 1939 version of " The Wizard of Oz " was first shown on television. Copyright 2005 Warner Home Video The first-ever telecast of this Victor Fleming film was a rating smash. Over 44 million people tuned in to catch this broadcast (Which was hosted by the...
3 Nov 2006
Tune Tuesday: "Sister Act" musical signals the start of a major Menken resurgence
Let's clear up the confusion right from the start, shall we? That " Sister Act: The Musical " that's holding its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse tonight ... Copyright SisActs, Limited Liability Company ... is based on the Whoopi Goldberg movie that Walt Disney Studios released through its Touchstone...
23 Oct 2006
A special which-witch-is-which edition of Why For
First up, George S. writes to say: My family and I were visiting Disney-MGM earlier this year. And while I was at that park, I got talking with a cast member who was working at the " Great Movie Ride. " He met our car as we rolled back in that attraction's exit area and asked us what we had all thought...
19 Oct 2006
Donny Osmond brings his big white smile to the Great White Way
You know, it was almost inevitable that Donny Osmond would wind up appearing in Disney's "Beauty & the Beast" on Broadway . Photo by Jeff Lange After all, back in 1962, the Osmonds supposedly got their start in big-time show business because they sang one day at Disneyland . As the story goes, Alan...
27 Sep 2006
Monday MouseWatch: Disney tries to make the most of "High School Musical"
Has it really been just eight months since " High School Musical " was first presented on the Disney Channel ? Copyright 2006 Disney Enterprises Back in January of this year, Disney Channel execs obviously had very high hopes for this Kenny Ortega film. Otherwise, why would they have spent all of that...
24 Sep 2006
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