Sunday, January 13, 2008

Meanwhile, seasoned theatre vets roll their eyes...

This is funny.

Has anyone heard about Hanna Montana? Probably not uless you have a tweenager...Hannah Montana is (apparently) the rock 'n roll alter-ego of Miley Cyrus, both of whom are currently, like, omg, totally on tour right now. And recently Hanna/Miley got in trouble because they apparently use a body double at one point in the show so Hannah can quick-change into Miley.

Now, for those of us who are in theatre, this is an entirely sensible thing to do--even seasoned wardrobe people need at least twenty seconds to change an outfit, so hats off (no pun intended) to the people who get Ms. Montana turned around. For parents who are paying hundreds of dollars so their girls can scream at a Disney-promoted pop icon, this is an outrage. I don't see what the fuss is about, she's still "singing" the whole show, but I suppose if I was raised on steady diet of movie and tv generated magic, then I wouldn't have any patience for the trickery that goes on backstage. (BTW--Disney's used this trick before. Ever wonder how the Beast managed to transform into the prince in the stage show? That's because he exits the stage before his final battle with Gaston to change. Gaston is actually fighting a stunt double who switches back right after the Beast gets stabbed.)

So I say boo to naysayers, and boo too to the jerk who brought a camera phone to a theatrical event and ruined the stage magic. We work hard to make it seamless, the least you could do is meet us halfway.

1 comment:

Laura said...

whether or not the Beast and the Prince in the Disney production are the same guy doesn't concern me - what concerns me is how they got the beast to spin around like that in the London production I saw. He literally stood up and then did 360 degrees - and how chip's head was detached like that - that was NOT CUTE! That was disgusting.