Disney began production today on Saving Mr. Banks, the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, Mary Poppins, and the testy partnership the upbeat filmmaker develops with the uptight author during the project’s pre-production in 1961.
Yesterday, I had the distinct honor of speaking with Disney (and all-around) legend Richard Sherman, half of the Sherman Brothers, one of the most beloved and prolific songwriting teams whose music has been known and loved by generations of fans from all walks of life.
The occasion for our petit chat is the upcoming re-release of The Aristocats from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on August 21, 2012. Available for the first time ever in Blu-ray high-definition format. The exciting tale takes place in the heart of Paris where a kind and eccentric millionairess, wills her entire estate to ‘Duchess,’ a high society cat, and her three kittens. When the bumbling butler Edgar tries to pull off the ultimate catnap caper in order to secure the fortune for himself, it’s up to alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day.
Fans of Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘The Lion King’ musical have a new destination to pick up some of its merchandise as Disney Theatrical has brought a taste of Broadway to Fifth Avenue. Just a couple of days ago, the group set up a kiosk pushing much of the merchandise one would typically only find when attending the shows (although Disney Store Times Square does sell some Disney Theatrical merchandise, the kiosk at FAO appears to have several items Disney Store does not).
Now through April 17, 2011, D23 Members can enjoy significant savings when seeing the Disney Theatrical production of Mary Poppins on Broadway. Now in its fifth phenomenal year at the beautiful New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street, Mary Poppins has astonished over 6 million people with its own brand of pure Broadway magic.
Featuring the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stagecraft, Mary Poppins is everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show! So get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gives four out of four stars and calls “a perfect piece of musical theater.”
In case you missed it on last night’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ results show, or just want to re-live the magic all over again, ABC has released this clip from the show featuring the full Macy’s Stars of Dance performance of ‘Step in Time’ from the Broadway production of Mary Poppins featuring the touring cast.
In addition, ABC has also released this backstage clip in which Caroline Sheen (Mary Poppins), Nicolas Dromard (Bert) and Associate Director Anthony Lyn talk about adapting the musical number for the national televised stage.
The six remaining couples celebrate the show’s 200th episode with the challenge of performing an iconic dance from the “Dancing with the Stars” history vault and competing in a team dance, on “Dancing with the Stars,” Monday, November 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Six former “Dancing with the Stars” celebrities return as guest judges as they watch one of their iconic performances recreated on the dance floor. Helio Castroneves, Kelly Osbourne, Mel B, Drew Lachey, Gilles Marini and Emmitt Smith revisit the ballroom to act as a special ‘fourth judge’ in the iconic dance competition. The second element of the show will be a team competition. For the first time in the team competition, fan favorites and former Mirror Ball champions Apolo Anton Ono and Kristi Yamaguchi return as team captains.
Television, movies, living vicariously through others, Disney, rare and unique finds, whiskers on kittens and cheap and feeble attempts at humor by parodying Hollywood’s most beloved classic musicals: these are a few of my favorite things. So needless to say I was thrilled when I learned that Syfy would be introducing a new series titled ‘Hollywood Treasure’ in which we followed the path of Hollywood’s treasures from unearthing to ending up on the auction house block. And when Syfy reached out to me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing the first two episodes from the 12-episode season, I would have ordinarily jumped at the chance, but what could Syfy (owned by NBC Universal incidentally) possibly offer me, someone who focuses on The Walt Disney Company? Apparently everything (but more on that later).
Disney Theatrical has recently placed its Classroom Education Series on its Broadway hit Mary Poppins on its official YouTube channel. The spectacular ten-part series is hosted and narrated by Gavin Creel who held the role of Bert in the original West End production in London. From co-creators Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical, and legendary theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh, to Disney Legend Richard Sherman to the cast and crew of the staged productions, the series meshes behind-the-scenes footage with archived footage, photos and more to explore the many facets of the production starting with Walt Disney acquiring the film rights from Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers.
Disney Theatrical and MyCokeRewards.com are teaming up to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for twenty winners to audition for a walk-on role during a performance of Disney Theatrical’s Mary Poppins on Broadway in New York City.
Sweepstake entrants may enter up to five times per day by redeeming 3 Coke reward points per entry or by mailing in an entry (see the contest rules for full details). Twenty entrants will be chosen at random and each receive a video camera from which they will be able to submit their entries to the Disney on Broadway contest where one entrant will win a grand prize consisting of: A three night-stay in New York City and round-trip airfare for the winner and up to three guests; three tickets to the show’s performance for the winner’s guests; hair, makeup and costume fitting for show; rehearsal with show’s creative team; and an on-stage appearance in the ‘Jolly Holiday’ number as well as the curtain call.
janD23: The Official Community for Disney Fans today unveiled a host of special events that have been designed especially for its growing worldwide membership base.
Among the exciting offerings for 2010 are exclusive D23 one-year anniversary parties at the Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort, free “50 and Fabulous” film screenings at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, and a special 40th anniversary celebration event to honor the Walt Disney Archives.
“In our first year, D23 created some truly memorable event opportunities for our members, and this year we plan to outdo ourselves with a mix of all-new events and encores of fan favorites,” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “D23 Members are going to have more opportunities than ever to be part of the Disney magic through the events we have planned in 2010, and we hope they’ll be as excited as we are to experience them alongside their fellow members.”
D23 Members will receive notification of special events and reservation times via e-mail, and all events are offered on a space-available basis. More details on events, and on becoming a D23 Member, can be found at www.disney.com/D23.