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This week, we've got a little bit of everything to hold you through the weekend, since we won't be publishing shows over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Mike was lucky enough to get a backstage tour at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York City, home of Mary Poppins on Broadway.
Over the weekend, Mike was in New York City for a conference. On Saturday night, he and a companion snagged the last two tickets for that night's performance of Mary Poppins. At intermission, the show did a fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with an auction/sale. Mike quickly called his office and arranged for the company to donate enough to the cause so that he could get a backstage tour of the theater.
Mike saw the show and really enjoyed it, though he was surprised that it was much darker than he expected. Mike and Mark chatted a bit about the "Temper, Temper" number, in particular. Mike referred to the comments made about the show by Mark and his son on earlier episodes. But enough about the show. Today, we're talking about the backstage tour.
Mike with Ashley Brown, who plays Mary Poppins. Photo courtesy of Mike Demopoulos.
After the show, Mike met a Broadway Cares staffer and donated his company's $250. He was then brought backstage, which was much smaller back there than he expected. After they started looking around backstage, Mike's group got to meet Ashley Brown, who plays the show's title character. He got to chat with her and ask her a few questions.
Mike with Gavin Lee, who plays Bert. Photo courtesy of Mike Demopoulos.
The group then met Nicole Bocchi, one of the three girls who play Jane Banks (and who had performed in that night's show). The young girl really impressed Mike. They got to chat and ask some more questions. They then got to meet Gavin Lee, who plays Bert. Mike and Gavin chatted a bit about Minnesota, and Mike found out that Gavin's wife is from Minnesota. He also got a couple of interesting stories about how Gavin got cast in the show.
The show's set is quiet after the show. Photo by Mike Demopoulos.
Mike's group also got a close-up look at the stage sets, which are like an actor in the show themselves.
The various Andrew puppets from the show. Photo by Mike Demopoulos.
But the cause that Mike donated to in order to get his tour struck Mike as a very good cause, so he decided to help raise more money. So we're going to hold a contest to encourage you to donate to Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS. Everyone that donates to the cause through Mike's donor page will receive an entry into the random drawing for an "Anything Can Happen" bookmark signed by Nicole Bocchi and Henry Hodges, who played Jane and Michael Banks the night that Mike saw the show. The bookmark includes a nickel-sized star that was part of a costume worn in the show during the grand finale. The bookmark says "Mary Poppins, Broadway 2007." This phase of the fundraising campaign runs through December 4, so you've got until then to donate. It doesn't matter how much you give. Any donation will get you entered into the contest.
Your donation to Mike's donor page for Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS could win you this autographed bookmark. Photo by Mike Demopoulos.
This and other news can be found in this week's Walt Disney World Park Update.
Mark did the Disneyland News as well this weekend, as we had trouble contacting Andrew down at MousePlanet global headquarters. (Can you tell that it was recorded waaaay past midnight?)
This and other news can be found in this week's Disneyland Park Update.
Mary Tesch wrote in to wish Mike a happy birthday and to let us know how she plays along with the Ask the Kid segment by asking her kids the same question.
Her kids had really interesting links.
Mike Walter wrote in with the last piece of the Studios Top 3 list that he started last week:
Gwen D. from New Hampshire also wanted to wish Mike a happy birthday.
Owen suggested that the reason that "M" sounded familiar to Mike was because M was the head of MI-3 in the James Bond movie series. (No, actually it's because we often sign our emails with our initial, hence "M."
Dave in San Francisco wanted to wish Mike a Simbariffic birthday.
Madeline from Germany wrote to say that she liked our Six Degrees of The Lion King test feature on Monday.
Liana from Simi Valley wrote to send us photos of the shirt that she planned to wear to the Snow White event. The shirt was designed by her friend Carmen's daughter Audrey.
The back (top) and front (bottom) of Liana's T-shirt that she wore to the Snow White event at DCA. Photo by Liana Kilgore.
Vance Cope called the toll-free feedback line to wish Mike a happy birthday and to offer up his Top 3 list for the Studios:
- 3. Toy Story Pizza Planet
- 2. 50s Prime Time Cafe
- 1. Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano
- Live Entertainment
- Honorable Mention: Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
- 3. Voyage of The Little Mermaid
- 2. Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage!
- 1. Fantasmic
- Honorable Mention: The Great Movie Ride
- 3. MuppetVision 3-D
- 2. Rock 'n Roller Coaster
- 1. Fantasmic
Kris, a.k.a. dizy4disney1, wrote in to agree that we should take the holiday off.
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