Posts Tagged: Disney

Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me – Working Mom’s Valentine’s Showtune

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I’m very excited to have a post from one of my favorite mommy bloggers who I’ve known for years.  Sabrina Malone from Working Mom.  I asked her if she would write a post for me about a showtune for Valentine’s and she instantly knew what she wanted to write about.  Here is her favorite valentine’s day showtune that she instantly wanted to write about.

Mister Aladdin, sir

What will your pleasure be?

Let me take your order

Jot it down

You ain’t never had a friend like me…

 

Life is your restaurant

And I’m your maitre d’

C’mon whisper what it is you want

You ain’t never had a friend like me…

 

Yes sir, we pride ourselves on service

You’re the boss

The king, the shah

Say what you wish

It’s yours! True dish

How about a little more Baklava?

 

Isn’t there something about this song that just resonates? There’s something alluring about the idea of having your own genie, a powerful being dedicated toward fulfilling your wishes and desires. The only trouble is…wish fulfillment is a tricky business. According to almost all the literature available, Genies tend to be more trouble than they’re worth.

Just think of all the episodes of “I Dream of Jeannie” and the problems Major Nelson had to fix as a result of things going wrong with Jeanie. Despite the fact that her intentions were good, and she really did try hard to please her Master.

In the Disney movie Aladdin, “Genie” was also a comical, good-natured creature. This certainly made things easier and better for his Master.

[Spoiler Alert]

However, when Jafar becomes a genie – even a child could envision how mean-spirited his take on wish fulfillment would turn out to be. In fact the sequel to Alladin, “Return of Jafar” illustrated that very point.

Consequently, people have actually attempted to mitigate the likelihood of wishes going wrong by drafting meticulous, precise wording for making a wish. (Just in case you ever propitiously find your very own genie.) For example, one of the most iron-clad wishes for immortality I’ve ever seen reads like this:

“I wish to live in the locations of my choice, in a physically healthy, uninjured, and apparently normal version of my current body containing my current mental state, a body which will heal from all injuries and which will be protected from any diseases, injuries or illnesses causing disability, pain, or degraded functionality or any sense, organ, or bodily function.” -Open Source Wish Project

In conclusion, if you ever find yourself in possession of a genie, I recommend you proceed with extreme caution. Consider whether it would be better if you refrained from making any wishes at all! Instead, you’d be happier and more fulfilled by being grateful for what you already have.

BIO

Sabrina O’Malone works full-time while raising and homeschooling her six children ages 15 and under. (That’s no typo – six kids + a full-time job + homeschooling!) Professionally, Sabrina is the founder and President of WorkingMom.com. She’s an author, speaker and former Mrs. America Pageant Contestant. (Long story) Working with her husband Daniel, WorkingMom.com has become an online powerhouse, saving time, energy and money for nearly 500,000 families every year. The free checklists, coupons, inspiring articles and practical resources share the good news that it is indeed possible for moms to give 100% on the job and 100% to their families.

 

One Woman Disney Show vs. One Man Disney Show – Who Do You Like Better?

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I found this video of a girl with an ok voice and a ton of creativity. Although she doesn’t have the most amazing voice, she is talented with video and able to sing on key which helps her to harmonize her voice and make her sound awesome. She put together a Nick Pitera styled video for a one woman Disney movie.  She goes through a ton of Disney Songs and showtunes and performs them all with her own voice doing all of the vocals (which is insane and shows off her talent).  What makes her video a bit more impressive to me than Nick’s videos is that she does all of hers acapella while Nick uses music instead of his own voice.

For her video of a one woman Disney show she had to learn every part and then create them all with her own voice which must have taken an insane amount of time and energy.  That is definitely not an easy thing to do.  That is why she impressed me enough to post another one woman Disney movie or any other one man or one woman show video.  During the video she does a few things that make her a bit more unique than Nick Pitera. She does a ton of makeup and actually dresses like the characters.

Her voice might not be as good as Nick’s, but her variation of his style of video is a lot more fun to watch because there is always something more unique happening.  She also adds in her own versions and commentary to parts of songs which I love.  Nick does have an advantage over her in his video version of a one man Disney movie, he works as an animator for one of their largest animation studios.  He probably eats, breathes and lives these characters and songs during the day which gives him a stronger look into their lives, emotions and helps him to be able to relate to them better.

Both of these people do an amazing job with their one woman disney movie and one man disney movie videos.  One is acapella and has to create every sound and voice on her own.  The other uses music but has an amazing voice.  One can do a ton of makeup and perform while the other does have a few funny moments when his characters are waiting to sing and they interact with the character that is singing.  Let me know which one you like better.  The one woman Disney movie video or Nick Pitera’s one man Disney movie.

The one woman Disney movie video

Nick Pitera’s one man Disney movie video

What if Belle Was a Gay Man – Beauty and the Beast Video

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The other week we found a video showing what it would be like if our princess Belle lived in the Ghetto or a not so fairy tale type of village. Not only was the video awesome, but it was worth watching over and over. I didn’t think there were any other good parodies of the opening song from Beauty and the Beast, until I found this version of Belle, if she was a gay man.

Not only does the voice do a perfect job of translating what a Gay Man may think,,,if he was queeny and b*tchy, but it is a freaking hilarious stereotype video of a queeny gay guy skipping through a village and thinking out loud. Before anyone gets mad, not every gay man acts like this or thinks like this. The video is a joke and being gay I think it’s hilarious. I saw it for the first time at showtunes night last night and everyone else at JRs was cracking up to it as well. If you don’t get humor, then you shouldn’t watch the video. The video is absolutely hilarious and if Belle was a drag queen, this could easily actually be real.

I love in the video how Belle interacts with the village people, but when you take out the real lyrics to the song and add in others, it’s pretty cool how you can change the entire look, feel and story of the song, especially a Disney movie. The video is great for anyone who loves Disney and love when other people add their own twists to it like The Real Housewives of Disney video which also had Belle, except a real life version of her. The funny thing is that Belle in the video above is actually sort of just like the version of the Belle in the Real Housewives of Disney version. Queeny, mean and catty which is why it is sort of funny that people love to pick on her when in reality, Belle is the least shallow of all of the princesses considering she falls in love with the Beast regardless of his looks, reads to him and tries to do nice things for everyone.

Beauty and the Beast is definitely one of the most popular Disney movies and everyone loves Belle. Unfortunately Belle has an evil gay twin who likes to sing and dance as well and apparently she is taking over YouTube. The video is great, but it isn’t friendly for work so you may want to listen to it or watch it when you get home.

Mary Poppins on Broadway Reviewed

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If there is one thing I love more than anything, it is amazing choreography and solid voices.  Although Mary Poppins has the dancing, there really aren’t any songs that enable the Actors to show off their voices but there are moments in almost every song where you get to see their amazing choreography and how talented they are with their ability to dance.  Disney gets a lot of crap from the Broadway Community about Broadway being about talent and natural ability, not huge budgets and wardrobe, but I have to admit, sometimes I love the huge budgets and classic characters.

If there is one thing that Disney can do like no other show or production company it is create a story that people will fall in love with, characters that we will remember, heroes and heroines that we will admire and villains we will hate.   Not only can Disney do this with their movies and tv shows, but they have now found a way to bring these amazing characters to life and not just through the screens or running around their theme parks, but on Broadway and in touring casts all over the world.

Disney brings their animated cartoons to life with elaborate costumes and helps characters like Mary Poppins fly through a theatre above a crowd who stares in complete shock.  Combined with their deep pockets and ability to recruit the best talent on earth, if I’m in the mood to watch a classic story and fall in love with childhood heroes, there is nothing I love more than a Disney show and Mary Poppins is the perfect one to see.

Mary Poppins is a nanny who finds two little kids who need someone that can not only be their friend but also teach them responsibility and how to enjoy their lives.  Mary takes them to magical places and into dreams to not only discover more about themselves, but also how to be an adult.  Mary shows them how to sweep a chimney, enjoy a rainy day and teaches them to respect everyone no matter how much money they have or where they fall into the world socially.   Mary Poppins on Broadway is a classic Disney show with amazing dance routines, elaborate and colorful costumes and songs that we all remember from our childhood.  Although no one can replace Julie Andrews on the silver screen, no one can replace this new and real life Mary Poppins that floats above crowds and brings the character to life.

Between the singing, the dancing, the costumes and the music, Mary Poppins on Broadway is a must see family favorite.  Not for the hardcore theatre buff or artsy type but for the family or someone who wants a feel good thought free stress relief and great time with great dancing and music and an even better and more memorable night out with their friends and family.   Mary Poppins on broadway is appropriate for all ages and even though there is no real heavy thought or deep meaning to the show, I still have to give Mary Poppins a 4 out of 5 because to be honest, I love the music, the costumes and the choreography.  Although Disney gets a horrible reputation for ruining broadway, I personally think that sometimes you need a break from shows that make you think like Spring Awakening or shows about rebellion like Rent or even shows for adults like Phantom of the Opera.

Even though Disney shows are geared towards kids, we were all kids at one point and almost all of us remember the songs.  This is why no matter who you are and how much you hate that Disney has taken over broadway, you end up having to sing a long and even smile during a Disney show, especially a show like Mary Poppins.  Mary Poppins is a classic Disney Show and one that I highly recommend if you want a night out with the family and want something you can sing along to and remember for the rest of your life.  This classic tale is perfect for everyone in your family so don’t worry about having your kids there or even leaving the kids at home.  Mary Poppins  is a great classic Disney show and I give it 4 out of 5 stars.  If you’ve seen Mary Poppins on Broadway, feel free to leave a comment below and tweet this post by clicking the green box at the top.