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How Glenn Casale Helped The Little Mermaid Find Her Feet After This Disney Stage Show Stumbled on Broadway

Jim Hill | Posted 07.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It took the stage version of Disney's The Little Mermaid quite a while to finally find its sea legs. When the original Broadway production opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater back in January of 2008, the critics were not kind.

Aisle View: Brass Lamp Turns Gold

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.20.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Aladdin and Rocky have opened on Broadway back-to-back; the critics have seen them back-to-back; and, more crucially, early audiences who generate all-important word-of-mouth will see them back to back. While the subject matter seems to place the shows in different categories, they both appeal to the mass audience who grew up with the two films as cultural landmarks.

This 'Little Mermaid' Has Legs: Disney Legend Jodi Benson Looks Back on 25 Years of Voicing the Character of Ariel

Jim Hill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It's often been said that good things come to those who wait. But no one knows that axiom better than voice actor Jodi Benson. Who had to wait a full year after handing in her Little Mermaid audition tape before Jodi then learned that she had won the role of a lifetime.

Movie Review: Frozen

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Disney has had such a long winning streak with its animated comedies and musicals that it's almost possible to forgive the problems with Frozen, which opens in Los Angeles today and in wide release on Nov. 27.

Stanley Tucci, Anne Tatlock, and Michael D. Eisner Honored for Their Contributions to Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Two benefits this week featured a back stage glimpse into how theater is made: on Sunday night, Stanley Tucci, along with Anne Tatlock, was honored at...

The 'Beauty And The Beast' Song You Don't Know

Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment

On Nov. 13, 1991, "Beauty and the Beast," Walt Disney Pictures' 30th animated feature, had its worldwide premiere. Released nine days later, on Nov. 2...

Disney's D23 Expo: Richard M. Sherman & Alan Menken - Together Again... For the First Time!

Chuck Mirarchi | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
Chuck Mirarchi

Disney's D23 Expo, which is taking place August 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, offers visitors an immersive weekend into every aspect of The Walt Disney Company.

Disney's D23 Expo: Tips and Suggestions for a Magical Time

Chuck Mirarchi | Posted 09.21.2013 | Travel
Chuck Mirarchi

When D23 launched, Disney announced plans for special events planned throughout the year including the D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. The third D23 Expo will be held this August 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Little Shop of Horrors, Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
James Scarborough

Jones' Mushnik nails the rags to riches to compost proprietor of a flower shop. His stentorian voice alone would ensure this production could work as a radio show; it defines his character: an Abe Vigoda high-spirited, not a little desperate character who wears his grief on his sleeve.

Director Jeff Calhoun Has Nothing to Hyde When It Comes to Disney's Newsies

Jim Hill | Posted 06.19.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

You'd think -- what with getting the revival of "Jekyll & Hyde ready for its 13 week-long, limited engagement at the Marquis Theater -- that director Jeff Calhoun wouldn't have any time left for his other Broadway show, Disney's Newsies. But that's where you'd be wrong.

Why Les Miz Won't Get One Oscar Nomination

Dan Mirvish | Posted 03.10.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Mirvish

One Oscar Les Miserables won't be nominated for is "Best Original Musical." Wait a minute, you're thinking, that's crazy talk -- there's no category called "Best Original Musical." As a matter of fact, there is such a category, but it's just never been activated.

Live (on Tape) at the 2012 Tonys Red Carpet: Josh Groban, Matthew Morrison, Jessica Chastain, and More

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.12.2012 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Stars walking an award show red carpet often get asked the same thing. "How are you feeling?" "Are you nervous?" To mix things up a bit, I threw some friendly curve balls to the talent at Sunday night's Tony Awards.

'2012 Tony Awards': Sheryl Crow Presents The Award For Best Original Score

Posted 06.11.2012 | Celebrity

On Sunday night's "2012 Tony Awards" (Sun., 8 p.m. ET on CBS) Sheryl Crow took to the stage to present the award for Best Original Score. It was th...

Gazelle Emami

8-Time Oscar Winner Talks His 'Newsies' Tony Nom

HuffingtonPost.com | Gazelle Emami | Posted 06.10.2012 | Home

This is one in a series of Tony nominee snapshots in the lead-up to the awards Sunday night. The man behind "A Whole New World," "Colors of the Win...

On the Culture Front: Tribeca Film Fest Afterthought, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Newsies and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 07.02.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

t's been a busy month on the culture front; a lot has gone down in the music, theater and film worlds. Magnetic Fields, Silence! The Musical, Newsies, A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Stage Door: Newsies, Barb Jungr's Man in the Long Black Coat

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.18.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

It's impossible not to cheer for the boys in Newsies as they war against press barons Pulitzer and Hearst. The Broadway musical is based on the Disney movie, which was based on a real-life event: the 1899 newsboy strike.

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Beauty and the Beast

Dan Persons | Posted 03.17.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Beauty and the Beast is back, and Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and myself have strapped on the 3D goggles to determine whether the film prospers or suffers from the tweaking.

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast 3D

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While I'm happy that kids will get the chance to see this wonderful film on a big screen, it comes from this crassly commercial ploy: the 3D conversion.

'Aladdin' The Musical in Seattle

Posted 09.19.2011 | Arts

Disney's 1992 animated musical movie Aladdin made a debut as a full-length staged musical in Seattle on July 7th. Book of Mormon Director and choreogr...

Little Shop of Horrors, STAGEStheatre, Fullerton

James Scarborough | Posted 08.13.2011 | Arts
James Scarborough

Affirming that the devil is in the details, Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Elizabeth Serra for the STAGEStheatre, nails each teensy-weensy bit of stagecraft.

At the Oscars: Breaking Tradition on the Red Carpet

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Here is my red carpet experience captured on video. Will Aaron Sorkin finally join Facebook? How has induction in the Conan O'Brien Oscar-Winner F-bomb Hall of Fame stack yup to the Oscars?

Movie Review: Tangled

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Disney's new film Tangled -- the studio's fiftieth animated feature -- manages to be romantic, musical, moving -- and outstandingly funny. Don't skip it simply because it's made in computer-animated 3D.

Artist on the Rise: Anna Rose: A 'Nomad' in Her Own Right

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

I caught up with Rose and asked her about touring, her debut album "Nomad," and distancing herself a bit from her mega-fan, mega-dad.

Movie Review: Waking Sleeping Beauty

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A documentary that takes you behind the curtain to show the magic being made, Waking Sleeping Beauty still manages to dazzle because of the complex, utterly human story it tells.