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The MARY POPPINS North American Tour Opens in CHICAGO






CHICAGO (October 13, 2011) – The Chicago return of MARY POPPINS opens
this Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at 8 p.m. at the Cadillac Palace Theatre
(151 W. Randolph St.) for a limited engagement of four weeks through
November 6, 2011.  The tour launched in Chicago in March 2009 at the
Cadillac Palace Theatre where it entertained over 300,000 patrons and
grossed over $18.5 million at the box office during its 18-week

With four productions currently running on three continents, MARY POPPINS
is one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge from London or
New York in recent years.  Worldwide to date, the six productions of the
show have grossed over $605 million, welcomed 8.5 million guests and
cumulatively run 12 years.  The musical is the winner of 44 major
theatre awards around the globe, including Tony®, Olivier, Evening
Standard and Helpmann awards, Australia’s highest performing arts honor.

entire original creative team has reunited to bring this magical story
of the world’s most famous nanny to audiences around North America.  The
North American Tour began performances on March 25, 2009 and has played
to two million delighted theatergoers in 32 cities to date.

Rachel Wallace will star as “Mary Poppins” while original Broadway company member, Nicolas Dromard, will assume the role of “Bert”.  

Joining Wallace and Dromard will be Laird Mackintosh as “George Banks”, Blythe Wilson as “Winifred Banks”, Rachel Izen as “Mrs. Brill”, Dennis Moench as “Robertson Ay”, Q. Smith as “Miss Andrew”, Janet MacEwen as “The Bird Woman”, and Mike O’Carroll as “Admiral Boom.” Performances in the role of “Jane Banks” will be alternated between Camden Angelis and Annie Baltic.  Performances in the role of “Michael Banks” will be alternated between Reese Sebastian Diaz and Dakota Ruiz.  

Rounding out the cast are Josh Assor, Jacob ben Widmar, Elizabeth
Broadhurst, Arielle Campbell, Debra Cardona, Hannah Chin, Eric Coles,
Anthony Christian Daniel, Kiara Danielle, Elizabeth Earley, Tyler Foy,
Molly Garner, Eric Giancola, Mark Harapiak, Eric Hatch, Benjamin Howes,
Lisa Kassay, Matthew Warner Kiernan, Koh Mochizuki, Michael Dean Morgan, Chuck Rea, Sam Strasfeld, Nic Thompson, Madeline Trumble, Michelle E. White and Neka Zang.      

a co-production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, opened on Broadway on
November 16, 2006.  Based on P.L. Travers’ cherished stories and the
classic 1964 Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS the
stage play features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.  The stage production has been
created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy
Award®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book,
and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe,
who have composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.

Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the award-winning creative
team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony® and Olivier Award
winner Matthew Bourne.  MARY POPPINS features set and costume design by Tony
Award winner Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Olivier Award winner
Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by
William David Brohn, and music supervision by David Caddick.  The tour’s
creative team includes Tour Director Anthony Lyn, Associate
Choreographer Geoffrey Garrett, and Music Director Daniel Bowling.  


received its worldwide premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre in the
West End in December 2004.  Following its successful three-year London
run, the production launched an acclaimed U.K. tour.   The Broadway
production of MARY POPPINS
officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 16, 2006,
recouping its initial Broadway investment within 52 weeks of its
premiere.  MARY POPPINS is the only show from the 2006-2007 theatrical season still in performance.   MARY POPPINS
can also be seen in Scheveningen, Netherlands (outside of Amsterdam at
the Circus Theatre) and Sydney, Australia (at the Capitol Theatre).
 Productions of MARY POPPINS have also been mounted in Finland, Denmark and the Czech Republic.    


The Chicago performance schedule for MARY POPPINS is as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Please note: Ticket prices and performance schedule are subject to change.

tickets are on-sale now and ticket prices start as low as $25. Tickets
are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph
St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the
Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan
Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775‐2000, all
Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie
Scott, Coconuts and fye stores), and online at
Groups of 15 or more may receive a discount on most shows by calling
(312) 977‐1710. Gift certificates, which can be redeemed for any
production or for season ticket packages, can be obtained at Broadway In Chicago box offices, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 775‐2000.

For more information, please visit


Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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