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Disney turns to the Pros for New Productions
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Author:  LMCtech [ Mon Feb 03, 2003 1:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Disney turns to the Pros for New Productions

disnet got smart and has gone to some of the theater's best and brightest to turn their movies into stage shows. This is good news. why reinvent the wheel after all. there are some very famous naems dropped in this article. Read on...

Disney adds dash of Broadway to its mix
Theatrical pros bring greasepaint glamour to 'Aladdin' extravaganza in Anaheim

Robert Hurwitt, Chronicle Theater Critic

Enter Anne Hamburger, a dyed-in-the-greasepaint theatrical producer, most recently artistic director of the adventuresome La Jolla Playhouse. Hamburger, who had made her name as founder and leader of New York's innovative En Garde Arts -- staging plays on abandoned piers and producing works by the likes of Charles L. Mee ("Big Love") -- might seem an unlikely match for Disney. But so was Taymor. So is Matthew Bourne, of the all-male "Swan Lake," now reportedly developing a stage version of "The Little Mermaid" for Disney.

Hamburger was brought on as executive vice president for creative entertainment of the theme park division. "Aladdin," which opened in mid- January, is her first show, and in some respects it represents a full-scale theatrical invasion. The 2,000-seat two-balcony Hyperion is a spacious but intimate-feeling Broadway-style house, designed by Manhattan theater architect Hugh Hardy (of Hardy Holzmann Pfeiffer). The book was adapted from the animated film by playwright Chad Beguelin. And Alan Menken added a new song to those he wrote for the film with the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (who stepped in after Ashman's death).
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Author:  DavidH [ Mon Feb 03, 2003 1:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Disney turns to the Pros for New Productions

I saw this show - Alladdin - in December. It was okay. Some great performances, but man if you're sitting in the wrong section of the theatre(we were) you miss some really cool affects. I've seen better shows at Disneyland with a lot less time,effort and money spent. However, I do understand the ploy involved here in attracting patrons to the park(s). I'm anxious to see if it works.


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Author:  LMCtech [ Mon Feb 03, 2003 7:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Disney turns to the Pros for New Productions

I'm also interested to see if it will get more talented theater people some much needed work at a good pay rate.

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