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Tune Thursday: Timon tells tails ... er ... tales about his time on Broadway
"Hakuna Matata ! What a wonderful phrase. Hakuna Matata ! Ain't no passin' craze ..." If ever there's anyone on this planet who understands that Disney's " The Lion King " ain't no passin' craze, it's Danny Rutigliano . For almost a decade now, he's been appearing in the Tony Award-winning stage version...
10 Oct 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
"Today in Disney History" is a perfect last-minute gift for the Disney obsessive on your holiday shopping list
It's Christmas-crunch time, kiddies. You know what I mean. That horrible moment that arrives every holiday season. When you're feeling all smug & self-satisfied because you think that you've completed your Xmas shopping. Only to suddenly sit bolt upright in your chair and say: "Oh, cr*p! I forgot...
19 Dec 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
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
The truth behind the tunes: "Mouse Tracks" offers an entertaining & affectionate look back at the history of Walt Disney Records
Now I know that this may sound like a very left-handed compliment. But -- as I was reading Tim Hollis & Greg Ehrbar's excellent " Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records " (University Press of Mississippi, May 2006) -- I kept putting their book down so that I could then go downstairs &...
23 Aug 2006
"Tarzan" original cast album showcases show's strong cast, masks this Broadway musical's many flaws
Well, the good news is that the original cast recording of " Tarzan " went on sale yesterday. And this CD is a highly polished, very professional produced representation of Disney's newest Broadway musical. The bad news is ... Though "Tarzan" 's talented cast labors mightily to make this show's score...
27 Jun 2006
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