‘Mary Poppins’ Touring Company to Offer Free Performance in Los Angeles December 4

LOS ANGELES — Four actors that are currently appearing in the West Coast premiere of “Mary Poppins” (which is being presented at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre) will perform songs from Broadway’s perfectly magical musical in a special free performance at The Grove in Los Angeles on Friday, December 4, 2009, at 3 p.m. Gail Bennett, playing the role of Mary Poppins, and Dominic Roberts, playing the role of Bert, will be joined by Katie Balen and Carter Thomas who play Jane and Michael Banks (respectively).

In addition to the performance the actors will answer questions from Mark Wallengren of KOST (103.5 FM). The performance will take place at 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles – in The Park.

“Mary Poppins,” 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.

Olivier 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 James Dodgson.

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UPDATE: WDW Celebrities for Disney Parks Christmas Parade Announced?

It appears that the oft-well-kept secret of who will be performing for the taped annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade has been released and the news isn’t good for fans of the Jonas Brothers who were the frontrunners in the rumor mill.

Even the Disneyland portion, which tapes first (and already has, earlier this month), seemed to be a big surprise as reporters scrambled to try to get a hint as to who might show.

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Jenny McCarthy, Dean McDermott Seek ‘Elves’ to Help Set Guiness Record in NYC December 7

Burbank, CA (November 23, 2009) – In support of its new original holiday movie, “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe,” and the network’s annual 25 Days of Christmas event – the biggest programming event on cable – ABC Family will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record™ for the largest gathering of Santa’s “elves” together in one place! ABC Family’s World Record Elf Party will take place in New York’s The Pond at Bryant Park (Midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues) on Monday, December 7 from 12:00 Noon-2:00PM ET. “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe” stars Jenny McCarthy and Dean McDermott will be on hand to help gather over 250 “elves” to set the new world record.

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Figment and Tink Holiday Releases at Epcot Signing with Disney Artist Randy Noble Dec 9

Santa Hat Figment and Tink's Christmas by Randy NobleOn December 9 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, the Art of Disney in Epcot will host a product release and signing event with Disney Design Group artist Randy Noble.

One of a kind framed originals will be available. Both measure 18″ x 24″ unframed. Santa Hat Figment ($2100) is oil on canvas and Tink’s Christmas ($1600) is in watercolor.

Both will be also be available in a 95 piece limited edition giclyee for $350 for Figment and $400 for Tink. Open edition petite prints will also be made available.

Park admission will be required to attend the event.

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Magic Kingdom to Host Two New Year’s Eve Experiences for First Time

Via its official blog, Disney Parks has announced that the Magic Kingdom will be hosting two special events for New Year’s Eve this year.

First up is an all-you-can-eat dinner and dessert party at the Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station with an exclusive viewing of the Wishes fireworks show. Choose from artisan breads, fruit, cheeses, sushi, salads, seared tuna, beef short-ribs and carved pork (a ‘child-friendly’ food station will also be available).  Check-in for the event begins at 6:15 pm and the cost is $139.99 per adult (ages 10+) and $69.99 per child (ages 3-9).

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Mickey Mouse to Act as Grand Marshal of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival®

Mickey Mouse will serve as Grand Marshal for the 18th Annual  Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® taking place November 21 along Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue. Mickey will be joined by some of his friends as Disney Parks presents its own float in the procession. Also attending and performing during the event will be Disney recording artist and Disney Channel star Mitchel Musso.

Mickey will also be in town to celebrate being this year’s official Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade mascot by appearing later this week as we reported here.

For more information on the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, visit the festival’s official website.

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Vinylmation Park Series #3 Release Party and Artist Signing Happens November 20

Disney world of color 335 The Vinylmation Park Series #3 release party and artist signing will take place November 20 from 5 pm – 7 pm at the Art of Disney store in the Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World. Artists scheduled to be in attendance are Randy Noble, Maria Clapsis, Lisa Badeen, and Quynh Kimball.

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Exclusive ‘Sailor Mickey’ Holiday Plush Available at Macy’s; Mickey to Make Chicago Macy’s Appearance

Sailor Mickey Holiday Plush from Macy'sEarlier this week, we told you about the new Sailor Mickey helium balloon that will make its debut during the 83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Today we bring you news of the Sailor Mickey plush by Gund exclusively from Macy’s to commemorate  the event. The 18″ collectible plush speaks three phrases: ‘Gosh, you’re great,’ ‘Ahoy there mateys’ and ‘Merry Christmas!’ and includes a bonus alarm clock which doubles as his own personal compass. He retails for $14.95 and can be found in the Holiday department at Macy’s all over or can be purchased online (where you can also check local store inventory).

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‘Sailor Mickey’ Balloon to Debut at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Artist Rendering)

Macy's 83rd Annual Thanksgiving Day ParadeRepresenting Disney Cruise Line, Sailor Mickey will tower over the streets of New York on Thanksgiving morning as part of the Macy’s 83rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade procession. Sailor Mickey (pictured left, upper left corner), is 48.1 feet long, 33.6 feet wide and 60.9 feet tall and will be filled with 14,750 cubic feet of helium during his maiden voyage. The anchor on which he rides is approximately four times the size of an actual cruise ship anchor.

Other new balloons this year include the Pillsbury Doughboy, a new Ronald McDonald and an all-new Spider-man.

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Report: Jim Carrey, Bob Zemeckis, et al Bring ‘A Christmas Carol’ Train Tour to New York

Pamela Adlon and Mae Whitman Photo: Alex J. Berliner © Berliner Photography/BEImages Dozens of commuters got a big thrill early Friday morning when they caught a glimpse of actor Jim Carrey being driven through Grand Central Terminal on a pargo courtesy of the FDNY Fire Chief (well, let’s face it, it’s New York, so make it about 3 commuters who even noticed). Singing the theme to The Flintstones as he ‘pedaled’ the slow moving vehicle along, Carrey waved to and graciously greeted his fans as the vehicle’s light flashed and siren blared.

Rewind to just a few minutes before when Walt Disney Studios held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the final stop on the cross-country train tour to promote Disney’s A Christmas Carol. At a press conference held in front of the facade of the large, inflatable theater showing previews of the film, media, execs and guests were treated to a pre-show involving Christmas carolers and vaudevillian-type performers (who were also out entertaining passerbys all weekend long as well).

Kicking off the presentation was new Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, Rich Ross, who first introduced and brought to stage the Chief Marketing Officers of Amtrak and Hewlett-Packard, partners in the train tour promotion. Ross then introduced director Robert Zemeckis and Jim Carrey who took the stage together, although it was Carrey who ultimately commanded the stage. Also in presence were ImageMover Digital partners and producers of the film, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke.

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