Disney Composer Richard Sherman Celebrated at Golden State Pops Concert

The Golden State Pops Orchestra, whose mission is to showcase the work of film, TV and video game composers, celebrated the tunes of Richard Sherman and his late brother Robert Sherman on Sunday at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

Singers Araceli Applegate, Juliana Hansen, Jason Livesay, Don Lucas and Stephen Van Dorn were accompanied by the Pops on classics from the Sherman library including tunes from “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Jungle Book” and “The Aristocats.” A few surprises included the brothers’ early ’60s hits (“You’re Sixteen,” “Tall Paul,” “Let’s Get Together”) and “The Eyes of Love,” a tune cut from the “Mary Poppins” movie. The Pacific Coast Children’s Choir were also on hand to join in the Walt Disney-inspired fun.

Richard Sherman, a spry and charming 86, gave the overjoyed audience its biggest thrill when he took the stage and played “It’s a Small World” — people either “hate us for it or love us for it,” said Sherman — as it was originally written, in a slower tempo, lent more introspection with Sherman’s poignant vocal as he accompanied himself on the piano.

The show also featured “Iron Man 2’s” “Make Way for Tomorrow Today,” which the film’s producers approached Sherman to write, because who best to deliver that Walt Disney retro feel than the man who taught us to sing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”?

(Pictured: Singer Juliana Hansen, composer Richard Sherman, singer Araceli Applegate and the Golden State Pops Orchestra at “A Spoonful of Sherman: A Symphonic Concert”)

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