This is the first of a couple of posts on the new cast of Phantom of the Opera.
Phantom: Ben Lewis*
Christine: Kelly Mathieson*
-Alternate: Amy Manford*
Raoul: Jeremy Taylor*
Carlotta: Lara Martins
Piangi: Paul Ettore Tabone
Monsieur Firmin: Siôn Lloyd
Monsieur Andre: Mark Oxtoby
Madame Giry: Jacinta Mulcahy
Meg: Georgia Ware
Standby phantom: Scott Davies
Matt Bateman* (understudy Piangi)
Hadrian Delacey (understudy Monsieur Firmin)
Philip Griffiths (understudy Monsieur Andre)
Richard Kent (understudy Monsieur Andre)
Leo Miles (understudy Raoul)
Tim Morgan (understudy Monsieur Firmin)
Jordan Simon Pollard* (understudy Raoul)
Tom Sterling (understudy Piangi)
Bridget Costello (understudy Christine)
Hannah Grace* (understudy Carlotta)
Una Reynolds* (understudy Carlotta/unconfirmed)
Rachel Spurrell* (understudy Madame Giry /unconfirmed)
Victoria Ward (understudy Madame Giry)
James Roxby Brown
Grace Horne (understudy Meg/swing)
Lily Howes (understudy Meg)
Andrei Teodor Iliescu*
Emily Smith* (i don’t think this is the right picture/person)
Adam Robert Lewis
Luke McCall (understudy Phantom)
33 in x of animated feature film history Release: May 27th, 1948 Country: USA Directors: Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson
Made up of sequences set to popular music and folk music, Melody Time is, like Make Mine Music before it, the popular music version of Fantasia.
The film consists of 7 musical segments––Once Upon a Wintertime (sung by Frances Langford), about two romantic young lovers in December; Bumble Boogie (performed by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra), a surrealistic battle for a solitary bumble bee as he tries to ward off a visual and musical frenzy; The Legend of Johnny Appleseed (narration and voices by Dennis Day); Little Toot (sung by The Andrews Sisters), based on the story of the same name by Hardie Gramatky, in which a small tugboat wants to be just like his father; Trees (performed by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians), a recitation of the 1913 poem ‘Trees’ by Joyce Kilmer; Blame It on the Samba (featuring The Dinning Sisters and organist Ethel Smith), in which Donald Duck and José Carioca meet the Aracuan Bird, who introduces them to the samba; and Pecos Bill (with Roy Rogers, Bob Nolan, and the Sons of the Pioneers), the tale of Texas’ famous hero.
Melody Time is considered to be the last anthology feature made by the Walt Disney Animation Studios. They were ‘financially (and artistically) lightweight productions meant to bring in profits [to allow the studio to] return to fairy tale single-narrative feature form.’
This was the last film The Andrews Sisters took part in. They sang throughout the 10 minute segment known as Little Toot. Andrews Sisters member Maxine said: ‘It was quite an experience. On the wall at the studio they had the whole story in picture form. Two songwriters played the score and Walt Disney explained it to us. It was a new thing for Disney. We sang the narrative. It was very exciting to work with Disney-he was such a gentleman.’
The two children who hear the story of Pecos Bill (Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten) also appear together in Song of the South and So Dear to My Heart. Patten also appears in Fun and Fancy Free.
At the time of its release, the film received ‘generally unfavorable reviews’. However, a 1948 review for The News-Sentinel said the ‘charm and skill’ that one had to expect from Disney is ‘delightful entertainment’ for all children.
Melody Time was the last feature film to include Donald Duck & José Carioca until the 1988 movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
The song the following stars got the chance to sing:
Richard Curtis and Emma Freud
Roger Taylor- Queen’s Drummer
Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith
Alfie (temporally forgot his last name)
They recorded at the same studio where the first stars did it 30 years ago! Amazing !!
I’ll add more names soon and post pictures there just so many!!
In case you missed it, either due to your poor timing or the fact that you don’t live in the UK, the Band Aid 30 video for “Do They Know It’s Christmas” has been released.
It’s basically what you were expecting of the 30th anniversary of Band Aid in that it’s essentially the same video but in better quality and with an updated list of participants, except for you Bono, you go Bono. Not only does it support a great cause (raising money towards the Ebola crisis in Western Africa) but it also features *big breath* … Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, One Direction, Jessie Ware, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs, Rita Ora, Chris Martin (from Coldplay), Marcus Mumford (from Mumford and Sons), Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Bastille, Paloma Faith, Emile Sande, Seal, Clean Bandit, Angelique Kidjo, Elbow, Robert Plant, Underworld, and Nick Grimshaw, as well as YouTube favourites Zoe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, and Joe Sugg.
So sit back, enjoy this video of your favourite Brits singing in the studio for a good cause that some kind Bono fan posted for the world, and then buy the single because, we repeat, it’s for a good cause.