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March 8, 2005

A review of songs from Disney films plays the Fox this week, so the show features some of them, along with an interview with actor, improv artist and teacher Ed Reggi about the nifty new theatre space he's managing at the Center for Creative Arts and his improv group PaperSlip Theatre.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Rocko Products Somewhere Over the Radio Stevens and Grdnic It's the ultimate concert survival kit!
Someday My Prince Will Come Stay Awake Sinead O'Connor From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (sic). This breathy, Marianne Faithful-style rendition is typical of the left-of-center approach producer Hal Willner took in putting this collection together.
Feed the Birds Stay Awake Garth Hudson From Mary Poppins. This and the next four songs are actually part of a single long medley on the disc.
Whistle While You Work Stay Awake NRBQ From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
I'm Wishing Stay Awake Betty Carter From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The late Carter (she died on September 26th, 1998) was widely considered one of the greatest jazz vocalists of the 20th century.
Cruella De Ville Stay Awake The Replacements From 101 Dalmatians
Dumbo and Timothy Stay Awake Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz From Dumbo
I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) The Jungle Book (OS 1967) Louis Prima and Phil HarrisThe king of the apes (voiced by Prima) demands that Mowgli make good on his promise to deliver the secret of fire. Harris is the voice of the friendly (and very hip) bear Baloo. He and Prima finish the song with some exceptionally cool scat singing.
The Lioness Hunt The Lion King (OC 1997) Lebo M and Company This is one of several numbers added to the original Elton John / Tim Rice score for the stage version by African singer and songwriter Lebo M.
Can You Feel The Love Tonight The Lion King (OC 1997) Max Casella, Tom Alan Robbins, Jason Raize, Heather Headley This one, on the other hand, comes straight from the original film.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight Without You I'm Nothing Sandra Bernhard OK, it's not Disney, but "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" does appear in both the animated and stage versions of Lion King. I happen to like this version because it's so odd.
Mickey Mouse March Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club The Mouseketeers Yes, it's Jimmy Dodd and the original cast in a blast from your (or somebody's) past. Dodd, on the other hand, didn't have much of a future after the Mickey Mouse Club; he died of heart failure in 1964 at the age of 54.
Mickey Mouse Angst in My Pants Sparks Mickey's here for you. Trust Sparks to add something manic to the mix.
Mickey's Son and Daughter Gorilla The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band And trust the Bonzos to add something sublimely silly.
Mickey Mouse March Stay Awake Aaron Neville This is a surprisingly laid-back version that turns the march into something more like a lullaby (an example of which is even quoted briefly at the end).
Castle in Spain Stay Awake Buster Poindexter (David Johansen) and the Banshees of Blue I had some extra time in this segment, so I decided to throw in a couple more from Stay Awake. This number (by George Bruns and Mel Leven) was added to the original Victor Herbert score for Disney's film version of Babes in Toyland (1961).
Baby Mine Stay Awake Bonnie Raitt and Was (Not Was) This is just plain charming. It's from Dumbo, where the title character's mom sings it to him to comformt the little guy after the other elephants make fun of his big ears.
Onion Radio News 20 The Onion's Finest News Reporting Doyle Redland Jews Ordered Back To Egypt For Pyramid Duty.
Chapter 1 - Not Quite the Solution He Expected The Tale of the Giant Rat of Sumatra The Firesign Theatre Starting this week, the Story Time segment features this thrilling tale from The Cheque Book of Hemlock Stones. In chapter 1, Stones and Dr. Flotsam meet mysterious American ingÈnue Violet Dawn Dudley, decode a secret message, and head off on a dangerous mission to The Curse of India Pub.
Football The Ten Minute University John Moschitta Get out there and kill!
Interview Part 1 Self Ed Reggi and Chuck Lavazzi Ed is the Theatre Coordinator at COCA and also the founder of the PaperSlip Theatre Company, and improv ensemble. In this first segment we talked about the new "black box" theatre space COCA is building.
Interview Part 2 Self Ed Reggi and Chuck Lavazzi Ed talks about PaperSlip (which gets its name from the device of having audience members write situations down on slips of paper, which the company then uses as the basis for improvised scenes) and improvisational theatre in general.
Give a Little Whistle Pinocchio (OS 1940) Cliff Edwards Jiminy Cricket tries to warn Pinocchio to stick to the straight and narrow and stay in school. Known as "Ukulele Ike" in his early days (when he was a vaudeville headliner), Edwards made a (sadly) brief comeback just before his death as the voice of the animated cricket in Pinocchio and on the Mickey Mouse Club.
Someday My Prince Will Come The Best of Etta James – the Prestige Singles Etta James From Snow White
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes A Cappella Vocal Jazz Vox P From Cinderella. You wouldn't know if from listening to them, but this vocal jazz group is actually Danish.
When You Wish Upon a Star From Branch to Branch Leon Redbone Redbone plays it straight with this classic from Pinocchio.
Beyond the Sea Finding Nemo (OS 2003) Robbie Williams This is end title music for the film.
Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride Lilo and Stitch (OS 2002) Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus & Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu The roller coaster ride they're talking about involves surfboards and large waves.
Under the Sea Reggae for Kids – Movie Classics Arrow Soca king Arrow's style is a perfect match for this calypso number from The Little Mermaid.
It's a Small World Around the World in 80 Days (OS 2004) Baha Men This Bahamas-based group is best known for their hit single "Who Let the Dogs Out". The film this track comes from was panned by critics and bombed at the box office.
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Reggae for Kids – Movie Classics Don Carlos Reggae veteran Carlos' latest CD is Special Edition.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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