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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.

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.

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...

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.

The Tragic AIDS Death Behind Your Favorite Disney Love Songs

VICE | Mitchell Sunderland | Posted 03.30.2013 | Gay Voices

The first week of November 1989, filmmakers and executives from the Walt Disney Company gathered in a crowded room in Disney World in Orlando, Florida...

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.

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.

Mighty Movie Podcast Interviews: Waking Sleeping Beauty and Chloe

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This episode features interviews with Don Hahn and Peter Schneider of Waking Sleeping Beauty, the documentary that looks at how, in 1984, the Disney Company sought to revivify their moribund animation division.

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.