August 29, 2007

IT'S JUST NOT HARD BEING THE PINNACE OF FRENCH CULTURE:

Disney after dark: Aspiring performers used to be sniffy about working in shows at Disneyland Paris. Not any more. (Patrick Barkham, August 28, 2007, Guardian)

[W]hen Disneyland Paris was looking for a live production to celebrate its 15th birthday this summer, High School Musical seemed ideal. But this world created to satisfy the whims of six-year-olds is governed by its own rules: live musicals in Disneyland Paris are sung in a mix of French and English, and shrunk to fit the concentration spans of their young audiences.

The Legend of the Lion King has played in the Paris park since 2004, squeezing the tale of Simba into 30 minutes. With High School Musical, Disney does it in just 11 minutes. Though the TV movie's producer, Bill Borden, claimed the plot was a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, it does not plumb Shakespearean depths of complexity; nevertheless, it is still a challenge to distil its hit songs into such a short production, which is playing up to 10 times a day until next month. [...]

This kind of show might once have been seen as the kind of embarrassing first step that singers and dancers go quiet about when they make it to the West End. While most of these young performers, living in student-dorm style accommodation with the rest of the 12,200 staff, are keen to move on to bigger stages and full-length shows, many are increasingly proud of working at the resort, says casting manager Madeline Aveson-Gruber. "People who have performed in The Legend of the Lion King are proud of it and they are putting it on their biographies."

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 29, 2007 8:03 AM
Comments

Orrin--I think you meant pinnacle, not pinnace in the title.

Posted by: Kurt Brouwer at August 29, 2007 3:58 PM

Unless you meant "lifeboat".

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 30, 2007 9:08 AM
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