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November 29, 1992 | CHRIS WILLMAN
VARIOUS ARTISTS "Aladdin" original soundtrack Walt Disney * * * When the history books are written on Disney's animation renaissance of the late '80s and early '90s, composer Alan Menken ("Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast") may get as much credit as anyone for bringing these big-screen cartoons back closer to the traditions of both theater and live-action film.
February 20, 1992
A complete list of nominees for the 64th annual Academy Awards: * Picture: "Beauty and the Beast," "Bugsy," "JFK," "The Prince of Tides," "The Silence of the Lambs." * Actor: Warren Beatty, "Bugsy"; Robert De Niro, "Cape Fear"; Anthony Hopkins, "The Silence of the Lambs"; Nick Nolte, "The Prince of Tides"; Robin Williams, "The Fisher King."
"Aladdin" is a film of wonders. To see it is to be the smallest child, open-mouthed at the screen's sense of magic, as well as the most knowing adult, eager to laugh at some surprisingly sly humor. To achieve either would be something, to manage them both in the same film is next door to amazing. Based on the classic tale from the Near Eastern collection known as the Arabian Nights, "Aladdin" (El Capitan, citywide in two weeks) is the latest animated musical from the Disney empire.
June 25, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Theodora Zavin, 82, veteran copyright attorney and senior vice president at Broadcast Music Inc., died Monday in a New York City hospital after a brief illness. Zavin had worked as a lawyer for the music copyright company from 1952 until retiring in 2001. She also was founding president of its BMI Foundation Inc., which assists music students. Among the composers whose music Zavin worked to protect were John Williams, John Lennon and Alan Menken.
June 5, 1997 | STEVEN SMITH
What's safe for small fry in the coming months? Here's what studios hope will attract all ages: Friday: "Buddy." Jim Henson Pictures presents this purportedly true story about a 1920s ape advocate played by Rene Russo. June 25: "Hercules." Tate Donovan, James Woods and Danny DeVito head the vocal cast of Disney's 35th animated feature, with songs by Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast") and David Zippel (Broadway's "City of Angels"). July 2: "Wild America."
October 17, 2005 | Don Shirley
Pasadena Playhouse has confirmed that it will present "Sister Act," a stage musical version of the 1992 movie, to be directed by former Disney executive Peter Schneider, from Nov. 3 to 26, 2006. The score is by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, with a book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. It will cap a 2006 season that will begin with "Diva" (Jan. 20 to Feb. 19), a behind-the-scenes look at a temperamental sitcom star written by former "Cybill" executive producer Howard Michael Gould.
Move over, Simba. Hello, Hercules. Disneyland's "The Lion King Celebration" parade, which has run for nearly three years at the Anaheim park, will make its farewell performance Sunday, June 1, according to park officials. The jungle-themed parade will be replaced by the new "Hercules Victory Parade" later that month to coincide with the summer release of "Hercules," the Walt Disney Co.'s upcoming animated feature film. The Lion King parade made its Disneyland debut in summer 1994.
January 26, 2003 | Ann Conway, Times Staff Writer
Resplendently adorned camels, dancing snake charmers, jugglers -- they all took the spotlight at the party after the premiere of "Disney's Aladdin -- A Musical Spectacular" at Disney's California Adventure. Held under a chiffon-swagged tent, it was a magic carpet ride of a celebration for guests ranging from opera superstar Placido Domingo -- a pal of the musical's director, Francesca Zambello -- to "Hot Chick" movie headliner Rob Schneider.
June 22, 1989 | MARK CHALON SMITH
The Resident Theatre Company doesn't do anything especially original with "Little Shop of Horrors"--it's all infused with the usual doo-wop pep, and the characters--from nerdy Seymour to sweet, weak Audrey--are all in place. But the familiar is performed with colorful confidence. Director Mary Bettini has brought a spoofy show featuring a lively cast and one hungry mother of a house plant--Audrey II--to the Muckenthaler Cultural Center's outdoor stage in Fullerton. Audrey II bellows just as it is supposed to, and everybody else keeps pace with its appetite for misadventure.
March 29, 1992
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