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'Belle' of the Ball: The Best Disney Princesses

Culturalist | Posted 03.06.2015 | Entertainment

Make your list now! is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. Want to jo...

Hollywood Has an Arab problem

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

Think of an Arab you've seen in a movie or a TV show. Who are they? What are they doing? How are they portrayed? Are they portayed as human beings who work hard, love their children, with real emotions, flawed, neither saints nor villains--like you and me?

A Look Back at Broadway 2014

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.17.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It's a little hard for me because I tend to think more in terms of Tony Awards seasons and less in terms of calendar years. That said, "favorite show" is not "favorite new show;" it is really "favorite show open in 2014," which is easier.

Alright, I Have Bad Taste

Anthony Romeo | Posted 02.21.2015 | Comedy
Anthony Romeo

It's practically 2015, and we mustn't forget the Tiffany Pollards and Brooklyns of the world. It was the perfectly highlighted and coiffed Todd Chrisley who said, "You don't ever go out of the house with your snapdragon snappin.'" I will buy a round of beer for anyone who can translate that.

Gamers Deck the Virtual Halls of Their Disney Infinity Toy Boxes

Jim Hill | Posted 02.13.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As you've probably already heard, Disney Parks and Resorts go kind of Christmas Crazy this time of year with character-specific decorations giving each land at the Parks an especially festive feel for the holiday season. But what you may not have heard is that Disney Infinity fans are now also embracing the spirit of the season.

Saint Francis: The Musical!

Jack Levison | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

I grew up in a Catholic neighborhood, with signs of Saint Francis everywhere. There he stood, a child-sized cement statue with a tonsure and a soap on a rope belt, surrounded by birds and bunnies.

John Musker and Ron Clements Chart an Ambitious Course for Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016 Release

Jim Hill | Posted 12.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As Ron and John chart a course for their most ambitious animated feature to date through those treacherous, shark-filled waters that are known as modern motion picture production.

Original Ending of Disney's Aladdin Reveals the Wedding Gift That the Genie Wanted to Give Aladdin and Jasmine

Jim Hill | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Let's cut to the chase here, folks: If there hadn't been a Robin Williams, there never would have been a Disney's Aladdin. Don't believe me? Then check out this excerpt from the screenplay for this animated classic.

Because You Ain't Never Had A Friend Like Him | Posted 08.15.2014 | Entertainment

In honor of Robin Williams, Disney will air "Aladdin" across several networks over the weekend. The 1992 animated film, which featured Williams as ...

But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: The Passing of a Clown

Arthur Chu | Posted 08.14.2014 | Comedy
Arthur Chu

In a world filled with cutting satire and brutal parody and subversive deconstruction, he was one of those comics who really believed the purpose of comedy was to make people happy, to help people forget.

Robin Williams as Comedian, Teacher and Inspiration

Gil Troy | Posted 10.14.2014 | Arts
Gil Troy

Robin Williams's suicide has touched the national soul, a tribute to how intense and intimate each performance of his was, how broad his reach was, and how long his career was. Williams' manic energy and verbal fluency made him a star who shined brilliantly on television, in the movies, and on stage.

Broadway's Aladdin Honors Robin Williams' Memory With a Sing-along Version of 'Friend Like Me'

Jim Hill | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts
Jim Hill

On Tuesday night, at the very first performance of Aladdin following this performer's passing, theatre-goers -- as they arrived at the New Amsterdam -- were handed a program with something extra stuffed inside. To be specific, it was a lyric sheet for "Friend Like Me."

The Artists & Animators Behind Disney's Aladdin Pay Tribute to Robin Williams

Jim Hill | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you were to ask members of the general public which Disney character they most closely associated with this late comic genius... Well, it wouldn't be even close. It was Williams' hilarious & heartfelt voice work as the Genie in 1992's Aladdin.

Robin Williams: 'There's No Too Much... It's all Possible'

Donald Liebenson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Comedy
Donald Liebenson

Throughout his career, Williams built an admirably eclectic resume that was testament to an artist who wanted to challenge himself.

4 Things I Learned About Love From Robin Williams

Danielle Page | Posted 10.12.2014 | Women
Danielle Page

Looking back, some of the earliest lessons I learned about love came from the movies that Williams brought to life. Here are the four that have really stuck with me.

Robin Williams Helped Fight My Childhood Demons

Chris Sosa | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Sosa

Robin Williams was an openly broken person. He used that brokenness to help put a lot of us back together through humor, honest storytelling and a dedication to giving.

Thanks For Being Our Friend, Robin Williams

The Huffington Post | Leigh Blickley | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment

As the world mourns the death of our beloved friend, Robin Williams, let's take a look at his memorable vocal performance of "Friend Like Me" as the m...

Guy Covers Every Single Part Of 'Prince Ali' From 'Aladdin'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 08.01.2014 | Entertainment

Most people know all the words to every song of Disney's "Aladdin," but Phill Headway might know the parts a teensy bit better than you. Watch him...

The Tony Nominations, Three Weeks Later

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Often I am surprised with something right as the nominations come out, but, upon reflection, my surprise changes to understanding. This year that wasn't so. My opinions haven't changed since the announcements.

James Monroe Iglehart, the Genie From Disney's New Broadway Musical Version of Aladdin, Recalls the Phone Call That Changed His Life

Jim Hill | Posted 07.18.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

That's why every night -- as James is onstage performing Friend Like Me -- he makes a point of making eye contact with every other cast member who's out there making this eight-minute-long production number stop the show.

Why Life May Not Be a Cabaret and More Tony Musings

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Well, the Administration Committee did it, they ruled Cabaret Tony eligible. I wrote previously about how there would be precedent for that ruling (in...

Skillful Mix of High Art and Low Clowning Helped Make Aladdin the Surprise Hit of This Season

Jim Hill | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts
Jim Hill

There's a line from As You Like It carved into the ceiling of the New Amsterdam Room. It reads, "I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad.'' I imagine that a good many people are going to be made merry once they get the chance to experience this new musical comedy.

Stage Door: Aladdin, If/Then

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.04.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Currently at the New Amsterdam Theater, Aladdin is a big, campy Las Vegas-style show. This isn't the Julie Taymor artistry of Lion King. This is a big-budget blowout of skimpy Arabian Nights costumes meets Victoria's Secrets. Yet it's such high-spirited kitsch that given the audience reaction, it's clearly hit its target demo.

On the Culture Front: Kids Entertainment That Doesn't Suck and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 06.03.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

If you have kids, I can't imagine a better place to take them on a Saturday morning.

First Nighter: Encores! Most Happy Fella Mostly Happy

David Finkle | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Frank Loesser disliked repeating himself. When he produced book, music and lyrics for The Most Happy Fella in 1956, he decided to go operatic. Not all the way, but more than he ever had before -- "My Time of Day" from Guys and Dolls, notwithstanding.