The important post to read is my previous one on Free Speech Restrained in California. This post is just for a couple of lighter topics.
The Tony Awards are handed out on Sunday June 10. I only saw one Broadway show last year, Mary Poppins, and on that basis I am rooting for Gavin Lee to win a Tony. He played Bert believably and brightly,and he connected with the audience, drawing you in. He also danced in very difficult circumstances (such as inverted).
Jane Carr, the actress who played the cook Mrs. Brill,was also amazing, in being such a vividly real personality.
Ashley Brown, however, the actress playing Mary Poppins, did not act so much as vogue her role. Where Julie Andrews in the movie kept you guessing, “What is her angle? Where is she coming from? What is she really thinking?”, Ashley Brownwas purely superficial, except for a few better moments toward the end. However, she was competent, adequateand professional enoughfor me to say, as Walt Disney is famous for saying to his staff whennot displeased, “That’ll do.”
For more of my opinions on the show Mary Poppins, see myMarch 2007post called “I’m Still Here.”
Speaking of Walt Disney, I just recorded the first episode of my new internet radio show, “Inside Walt’s World.”I discussmy memories from 1989 when I worked as a telephone operator at Walt Disney World.It is now on rotation at the Disney-themed Extinct Attractions Radio station at http://www.live365.com/stations/extinctattractionsor simply at www.extinctattractionsradio.com and it is currently played daily at 1:00 pm. I believe that is Pacific Time, USA.