Saturday October 12, 2013 / 8:00pm (Preview)When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney
Assigned at Box Office Special
How was your experience?
First, I'm a huge Disney fan and a fan of history so I enjoyed the show on a number of levels. The show tells the story of Walt Disney's struggles as a young animator, his relationship with his brother, and the eventual opening day of Disneyland. The stage itself was a simple setup with a high tech projection that makes the production feel like a live movie. In some ways, the stage show pushes convention much like how Walt integrated sound into his early cartoons. Casting is spot on and you really feel the warmth between Walt, his wife Lillian, and his brother Roy throughout all of their trials. Roy's narration almost reads as a tribute to his very special brother. The songs are jazzy and more story-oriented than commercially-accessible for radio play and don't have as much "Disney magic" to make them as memorable or iconic as with other Disney productions, but they serve the plot well and have sweetness/humor when the situations call for it. The dancers seemed a bit rough around the edges but there is potential. One of the coolest parts was seeing the dancers doing a montage of instantly recognizable scenes in animated films like Pinocchio, Dumbo, Cinderella, Fantasia, and Bambi. I'd definitely recommend the show for any fan of Disney animation. The show itself is family friendly, probably a soft PG rating.