Disney Studios’ cafeteria in Burbank will boast a special on its menu, Friday, Dec.13. The cast of “The High School Musical” segues from the Kodak theater in Hollywood to perform a number for the Mouse’s munchers.
Thomas Schumacher, in town briefly from N.Y. where he heads Disney’s Theatrical Productions, will head the holiday extra added attraction. He’s in town for a fast two-day tour in which he also visited his alma mater, the Taper which is undergoing a major makeover. Schumacher is also making appearances with his spectacular book (with Jeff Kurtii), “How Does The Show Go On?, An Introduction To The Theater.”
The book, from Disney Editions ($19.95) is a remarkable trip backstage to every phase of a show. The book’s a bargain thanks to its Disney relationship — thus pullouts — script exerpts and remarkable photos of the Disney hit shows are all part of the inexpensive book package. It has already gone into a second printing.
As Schumacher says, “Everyone wants to go backstage.” He takes no royalties or participations from its sales And he tells me he’s planning a second edition with the next group of (Disney) shows, He interviews the principals–on stage and back — when traveling with the global companies. F’rinstance, he got material with the principals of “Tarzan” when playing Amsterdam, then taking the longest plane trip — (the same time zone!) to “The Lion King” company in Johannesburg.
Having launched “The Lion King,” he now oversees five different shows and 16 companies worldwide. And he’s readying the Jan.10 B’way bow of “The Little Mermaid” — having been delayed three weeks by the stagehands’ strike. Before his Disney theatrical career he supervised 21 animated features. He tells me he’s now talking to DIsney’s Dick Cook about producing a live action feature–a musical. He’s got the credentials.