Happy 80th Birthday Mickey

Today is the 80th birthday of Mickey Mouse. Mickey first appeared on cinema screens in 1928 in Steamboat Willie.
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BBC RADIO 2 CELEBRATES THE MUSIC OF DISNEY

Recording: 08 December 2008
Broadcast: 26 December 2008

BBC Radio 2 brings a galaxy of Broadway and West End stars to London for a unique concert event celebrating The Music of Disney.

Staged in the Lyceum Theatre – the current home of ‘The Lion King’ – the 70-piece BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Larry Blank, will back a stellar cast that includes the original Broadway stars of ‘The Lion King’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’; ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’; ‘Aida’ and ‘The Little Mermaid’ .

Heather Headley, Ashley Brown, Drew Sarich, Adam Pascal and Tituss Burgess will be joined by West End stars Maria Friedman and London’s current ‘Zorro’, Matt Rawle, plus the current cast of The Lion King for a dazzling evening of musical magic.

The concert willl feature classics from ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Fantasia’, ‘Jungle Book’ ‘Lady and the Tramp’; ‘Toy Story’, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’, ‘Lion King’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Snow White’, ‘Tarzan’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Enchanted’ and ‘High School The Musical’ . Among the songs: ‘The Circle of Life’, ‘The Bare Necessities’; ‘Under the Sea’; A Whole New World; ‘Once Upon A Dream’ ‘You’ll Be In My Heart’, ‘He’s A Tramp; Beauty and the Beast; and of course ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ ….

Ticket prices are: £52.00, £46.50, £34.00, Standing £17.50 (No Additional Booking Charges)

For information on how to buy tickets please call Ticketmaster on 0844 412 1742.

Tinker Bell stars as the Speaking Clock

The Speaking Clock is to ring out in the sweet tones of Tinker Bell when the clocks go back this weekend*.

The famous fairy will take over the duties of Britain’s famous time machine at the end of British Summer Time.

For years the famous fairy has not uttered a word in her films, only made a jingle noise. But now for three months she will be heard by callers when they dail 123 to hear the BT Speaking Clock.
The traditional time pips are also being replaced by bells as part of a sponsorship deal with Disney. Tinker Bell first came to life in JM Barrie’s 1904 play, which developed into his children’s novel and the 1953 Peter Pan Disney animation.

The ‘real’ voice for Tinker Bell is being supplied by actress Mae Whitman, who is also voicing the fairy’s first speaking part in the film Tinker Bell due out in November.
*British Summer Time ends on Sunday 26 October at 02:00 BST (01:00 GMT) when clocks will go back one hour.

The Magical Music of Walt Disney

The Cambridge Philharmonic Society will be playing a selection of tunes from a number of Walt Disney Films on Sunday 18 January 2009 at The Cambridge Corn Exchange.

Here is what the brochure says…

Music has always been at the heart of Disney’s films and in this fabulous programme we hear some of the greatest. The orchestra is joined by Cambridge Phil favourite, actor David Timson, who will take us on a musical journey around the world with the help of Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Hercules and many, many more! With all this and images projected on a big screen, this UK premiere will be a night to remember!

TICKETS £12.00
Family ticket (2 adults plus 2 children or 1 adult plus 3 children) £40.00

Box Office: 01223 357 851

The Best Of Disneyland Resort Paris CD

Released on the 29th September 2008 is The Best Of Disneyland Resort Paris a new 24 track CD celebrating the music and songs of 15 years of Disneyland Resort Paris. The CD is availble for pre-order release now from HMV for £4.99 (free postage), Amazon.co.uk for £4.98 and Play.Com for £6.99 (free postage)
The CD has the following tracks:
  1. Steamboat Willie
  2. Cinderella
  3. La Petite Sir ne/The Little Mermaid
  4. Mickey Globe Trotter
  5. Mary Lou
  6. Europe
  7. Phantom Manor Medley
  8. Yellow Rose Of Texas
  9. Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me)
  10. Pays Du Merveilleux
  11. It’s A Small World
  12. Medley
  13. Baroque Hoedown
  14. Euro Disneyland Feel The Magic
  15. Dancin’ (A Catchy Rhythm)
  16. All Around The World
  17. Just Like We Dreamed It
  18. La-Di-Da Carnaval
  19. Halloween-Halloween
  20. Proud Lights
  21. Fantasia In The Sky
  22. Les Feux De La F e Clochette
  23. Wishes
  24. Fantillusion

Disney PIXAR Cars Road Trip 2008

Lightning McQueen and his friends Sally, Mater and Mack the Truck are touring Europe this summer and as part of their UK tour they are making exclusive appearances in London, Manchester, Oldbury, Bristol, and Reading.

You can see these life sized Pixar stars at the following pit stops:

23rd July – 3rd August
The British International Motor Show at London’s ExCel

4th August
Woolworths, Cheetham Hill, 56 Bury Old Road, Manchester, M8 5BN

5th August
Toys R Us Oldbury, Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury, Warley, West Midlands, B69 4RJ

8th August
Toys R Us Reading, Kenavon Drive, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3DH

9th – 10th August
Toys R Us Brent Cross, Tilling Road, Brent Cross, London, NW2 1LW

For more information about the tour and other live Disney events visit the offical Disney live website.