After writing numerous
articles, I received some responses, questions and comments. I
would like to share them with you. Some of these e-mails are older
because I never had enough to create an article like this, nevertheless
here are your comments and questions and my responses.
I saw Hunchback of Notre Dame in Berlin two years ago. And
I have been so disappointed (and I am really a big Disney fan).
The singing wasn't very good, the acting was bad. Maybe it was
because most of the cast were Americans singing in German (and
not understanding what they were singing and talking).
Disney hired one of the best writers for musicals in
Germany (he translated Phantom, Sunset Boulevard, and more). And
he has done a great work for new German musicals, like Dances
with Vampire (Polanski's musical), Mozart, Elisabeth (all first
started in Vienna — great music, great text, great costumes.
But unfortunately Disney wanted to have the original German
translation translated back in English and then in German again
(quite weird, isn't it). And now the German text is so strange
and not good at all.
Promotional image from
the film © Disney
The only funny things were the gargoyles. Also their
costumes were great. I didn't like the other costumes very much.
Especially Frollo's and Clopin's costume. Unfortunately you
don't find the beautiful colors of the film in this musical.
What was very surprising to me was the different end in the
musical (I will not tell you, so that you can still be
surprised). Also the setting wasn't very good. There are a few
good things, but I expected more of the Topsy Turvey number
(something like "Be Our Guest" in Beauty) and of the
But I would still say, when you are in Berlin go and see
it. But don't expect something like Beauty or Lion King. Maybe
my expectations have been too high.
Have a magic day.
Thank you Gilbert for your commentary
on The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I have looked into the musical a
bit, and was quite surprised with what I found. Most of the
surprises are good. I liked how they created the new ending to
deal directly from the book and how they rewrote the classic songs
such as "Some Day" and "God Help The Outcasts"
and I did enjoy the costumes.
It really is a shame to hear that
"Topsy Turvy" was not a good number. I always imagined
it would be an entertaining one. It's not enough to look at a
website for me to give a full commentary, but I would love to see
the show. Maybe soon it will debut out here, and they will change
the stage production for the better.
|In response to
"Super Star Limo":
I am amazed to find someone who enjoyed Superstar Limo. I
Personally found it to be the absolute worst ride Disney has
ever created. I am sure you know it's back story, what it was
originally intended to be. It saddens me to see a great idea
gutted like that.
I am, however, impressed by your enthusiasm and
self-confidence in expressing your own opinion. Good job!
Hi, I just wanted to pass comment about Christopher's
article on Mouseplanet about Superstar Limo. I was very pleased
to read such a positive review of a much-maligned attraction.
This ride has not deserved the press it has had. I found it a
very entertaining and different ride for Disney, allowing the
joke to be on the star system of Hollywood, it was thought
provoking and funny.
Having attended both the opening of California Adventure
and Tokyo DisneySea, the overall judgment about the Californian
Park has been harsh to say the least. DCA has a huge amount of
potential, and I look forward to its growth. Thank you
Christopher for your refreshing outlook.
Regards, Lindsay Cave, senior designer
Superstar Limo exterior
To Norm and Lindsay: Thanks for your
compliments on my article. I still don't know why people think
Superstar Limo is that bad. I suppose it only appeals to some
audiences. I know people either hate it or love it, and I really
love it. Just as Lindsay said, it is a joke on the star system of
Hollywood. Being a performer and doing many things in Hollywood my
whole life, I found the ride entertaining and funny with a new
refreshed outlook on rides.
Who knows what's happening to it? The
Goofy makeover may change the ride from mediocre to good, or
mediocre to worse than anyone expected. Even DCA hasn't deserved
the press it has received. It's a great park to spend a day. The
only problem with DCA is the fact that it costs that much money to
get in. $15 dollars cheaper, and we may have another story to
response to "Indiana Jones":
Enjoyed your review of Indy. But wondered why you did not
mention as you are wandering throughout the temple, pole that
you can pull and it makes noise or the rope to pull.
To Anonymous Writer: To tell you the
truth, I vaguely remember the rope with the person on the end or
the pole in the spike room. The last time I completely walked
through the queue of the ride (with the chance to stop at every
station) has to be four or five years ago.
Promotional art © Disney
When the ride first opened, I used to
touch everything and do everything there was to do in the queue
since there was such a long wait. But now with the FastPass and
other ways of missing the long waits, I glide right past those
|In response to
Ok, I'm jealous you got to see the show with understudies.
I'm the Resident Advisor for a floor of first-year college
students and I recently organized a trip for 60 of us to go see
Aida. We all agreed that Patrick Cassidy was flat and could not
hold pitch basically the entire time.
We did see the same understudy you saw for Aida and
Nehebka, but I would love to see it again knowing in advance
that there would be another Radames. But you have to admit,
Amneris was amazing, and the "Strongest Suit" sequence
was astounding. Thanks for your review, it makes a great
addition to mouseplanet's site.
Keep up the good work, and thanks again!
To Sydney: Thanks for your kind words,
and yes, Patrick Cassidy is horrible at the role of Radames. I'm
surprised they even let him in the cast. Shortly after Aida
closed, I downloaded a small segment of "Elaborate Lives"
sung by Patrick Cassidy and Simone during a performance off of the
Internet. Cassidy was horrible! I'm sorry, but he is flat. The
understudy did a much better job than he. In defense of Cassidy,
however, "Fortune Favors the Brave" and "Elaborate
Lives" are difficult to sing, trust me I've tried, but a
professional singer should not have any problems.
Amneris is my favorite person in the
whole production. She has so much character development and such a
great voice. Kelli Fournier did an excellent job in her role, and
I must applaud her for that. "The Strongest Suit"
sequence was amazing, as are many of the songs in that production
that she sings such as "Every Story Is a Love Story,"
and "I Know The Truth."
Promotional art © Disney -
Photos by Joan Marcus of the original Broadway production
These photos are of
desktops you can download at the official site - click on this LINK
or the photo above to go to it
Thank you for writing a review of Aida for MousePlanet —
it was great to see it included there. I wanted to let you know,
however, that after reading what you wrote, I have to strongly
recommend that you go to New York to see the original. I too saw
the Ahmanson production with almost the same understudies as
you, and was floored at how awful it was.
This is my favorite show too — but you wouldn't believe
the difference on Broadway. It's too late to see Heather
Headley, who was amazing as Aida, but it's not too late
to see Adam Pascal as Radames and Edina (from Rent) as Amneris.
Even the ensemble in NY is much tighter in dance and so much
more focused on their performances, which lends an intensity to
the show that the touring company simply does not possess.
As far as Jason Workman vs. Patrick Cassidy, I understand
that they are both unbearable in the part. It really makes me
wonder what kind of casting director would allow those
individuals to take such demanding roles. At any rate, I hope
you can make it to New York to see the Broadway cast; you will
be glad you did.
To Kelly: I do one day hope to see the
New York cast of Aida. I can imagine anybody in that cast
must be excellent, because they are on the Great White Way, are
more focused and know the basics better since they stay in one
theater and don't really tour the country. Personally, I liked the
show and thought it was pretty good but hearing you compare the
show I saw to the NY version makes me want to go see how good the
NY version can actually be. Heather Headley is great at Aida, she
is Aida, and it is sad to see her gone from the stage. Adam Pascal
is my all-time favorite Broadway actor. He brought some of my
favorite stage characters to life (such as Roger from Rent
and Radames from Aida) and I have to commend him on his
work and his talent. I would love to see him in an actual
response to "Beauty and the Beast:
Just read the article. A few notes:
1) The vibration you experienced isn't standard. I've seen
it twice in large format and had no problems on either occasion.
It was probably a sprocket issue on the projector.
2) The next large format will be the Lion King. The ads
are now on the front of the Beauty and the Beast prints at the
large format screens (at least the Irvine location).
Promotional art © Disney
To David: That shaking annoyed
everyone in the theater. Me, being a nice guy, I didn't complain
too much. I was looking forward to seeing the trailer for the Lion
King before the movie, but it never came on. It was weird.
Like I said in my article though, seeing it on that big screen is
great but the extra footage is what made it wonderful.
"Christmas in July"
Christopher's Disney Trivia:
Aida was originally going to be
called Elaborate Lives
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My name is Christopher.
I am thirteen years old and live
with my family in Southern California. I am currently a high school
student, and an avid fan of Disneyland Resort. Other than visiting the
"Happiest Place On Earth," I have numerous hobbies, the most
significant of which is acting.
Acting has always been a major hobby of mine. I have been participating
in numerous plays, movies and productions all of my life, and hope to
eventually accomplish my dreams of becoming a famous actor. Some of my
recent works include productions of The
King and I, Shakespeare- Enough Already, and Ebeneezer.
Other than acting, I enjoy playing the alto saxophone for my high school
jazz band, playing the keyboard / piano, listening to music
(especially the Rent soundtrack), and visiting the