Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Live Performances: Kill, Refurb, Marry

No, this is not my usual Wednesday Where in WDW trivia post (although that'll be coming later).  THIS is a super special post for Mouse on the Mind and This Happy Place Blog's KILL REFURB MARRY Disney blog hop.  HOORAY!

I loved playing along for resorts back in the fall, and this month the topic is Live Performances at the parks.

KILL: FINDING NEMO


I was kinda secretly tempted to put Festival of the Lion King here just to be super edgy...but I actually don't have anything against FotLK - I don't always get the hype, but the costumes and performances are cool and it is a nice show.  And if I picked it to kill, I think the internet might kill me.

So.  We'll go with Finding Nemo the Musical.


There are some really neat elements, but overall, I'm sorry, I just don't love this show.  I do like some of the songs, but the rest of them just make me cringe.  And while the puppets/performers idea was interesting and different to try out, I just am not a fan.  I want a Mulan stage show in that theatre - it's right next to Asia after all!  And the Mulan songs are so good, and they could do something awesome with dragons.  Yeah.  I wouldn't be sorry to see Finding Nemo go.

REFURB: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST


It's probably the princess fan in me and the fact that Beauty and the Beast is my favorite movie, but I adore this show.  I always try to drag my family to it when we're in Hollywood Studios.  I love the outfits and the music...I even love watching the sign language performers at the bottom of the stage (seriously - next time you're at this show, look for them.  They're amazing).


But I have to admit, a freshening up of this show would be nice.  Maybe some new sets and scenes?  I wouldn't even mind new costumes, as long as they're as flamboyantly awesome as the previous ones (and the dancer dresses at the end better stay pink).

On the resort channel you'll often see a clip of this show with Belle dancing in her gold dress with the Beast, and whenever I see it I'm just like: THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN IN THE SHOW.  Maybe it used to?  They could add that part back in.  Also the bit where they cut out a bunch of the story and replace it with a voice saying "through a series of strange circumstances, Belle found herself at a mysterious castle."  I'd like the show to include more of the strange circumstances.  And they also need to bring back an awesome opening act like Four for a Dollar (remember them??).

MARRY: CASTLE SHOW

YES.  It's cheesy.  It's schmaltzy.  It's performed like a dozen times a day.  I really don't care.  I love the Castle Show.


You can't really beat it for stage location.  That backdrop of the castle is perfection.  Also there are fireworks, PRINCESSES, pirates, Peter Pan, Disney villains, Mickey, Minnie, and the power of dreams and wishes which, in some vague and unspecified manner, manage to save the day.  I hate that the Castle walkway has to be closed during the show, but I think it's worth it.  It's the Magic Kingdom.  There should be a party going on all the time. ;)


Nothing says, "YOU'RE AT DISNEY WORLD" like walking down Main Street and finding Dream Along with Mickey going, and it's that feeling that I love.  "Come join the party, a CASTLE party."  Just hearing that song makes me smile.  It's pure pixie dust.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the blogs in the hop!

12 comments:

  1. I have to say, if they keep BatB as a live show, I really hope they don't get rid of the "through a series of strange events" line. Because it's so awful that it's funny. I laugh every time. It just reminds me of Monty Python's "and now for something completely different!"
    Mulan show would be cool! Although I don't know how it would fit into the Animal theme?

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    1. lol...that is true - it is a pretty funny line! Disney originally planned to have dragons and mythical creatures in one of the "animal" lands at Animal Kingdom, so a Mulan show could be a nod to that! :)

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  2. I knew that Mulan idea sounded familiar ... http://www.mouseonthemind.com/bringing-the-dragons-back/

    <3

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    1. That was such a fun post to write - I included a link! :) Thanks for organizing this blog hop - love it!

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  3. The guys from Four For a Dollar were my buddies! I would ride around on the golf cart with them on breaks. Before I moved back home they pulled me on stage and sang to me. Swoon! I wonder what happened to them....

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    1. SO SO jealous - that is amazing!! I wonder what did happen to them...they were the best.

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  4. I definitely don't know as many of the live shows as you do, but I'd have to be someone who would prefer to kill BATB! I know there's such a huge following for it on DIS, but I guess I've been blessed with the opportunity to see Beauty & the Beast on Broadway twice, so the DHS stage show cannot compare at all. It doesn't even come close!

    I would also have to marry Finding Nemo because I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE it. The songs are kind of odd, but I think that's why Howard and I love it so much. I like randomly singing like Nemo when he goes, "Not my daddddd." I think the first time I saw it, I didn't enjoy it as much. But once we decided to sit in the first few rows, my opinion totally changed.

    Of course, I'd totally be on board with a Mulan show though! Or Tangled!

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    1. I do love the Broadway Beauty and the Beast - if they made the DHS version more like that I would love it even more!! Haha, I would be kinda sad to not hear those crazy Finding Nemo songs anymore...I love randomly singing snatches of it too! :)

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  5. I love Beauty and the Beast but I've never noticed the sign language performers before! I will have to look for that next time!

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    1. It's just two people by the side of the stage telling the story through facial/body expressions and sign language, but they do an amazing job!

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  6. I so agree with commenter Rachel above. When you have seen the show on Broadway, it's truly hard to compare. New scenes! Great idea but the best ever idea is the MULAN STAGE SHOW. That music is great, and it would be so funny too!

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    1. The Broadway one is just fantastic! I know...there'd be so much potential for a Mulan show! :)

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