A sad article from the Orlando Sentinel, I wish I could have been able to see this. It looks like it would have been great! Maybe someone will make a petition and Disney will bring it back:
Stopped by the Magic Kingdom today for the final day of â€œTianaâ€™s Showboat Jublileeâ€ peformances, and caught the next-to-last jubilee.
The show has clearly struck a chord with guests; many were obviously return visitors as they had their viewing route planned ahead of time, were singing along with the songs, etc.
Of course, there were plenty of cast members in attendance, as they usually turn out to support their colleagues on opening and closing days. But these cast members seemed to be there more the fun than any sense of obligation. Three working cast members were performing an impromptu jazz-square routine to â€œGonna Take You Thereâ€ as the boat pulled out. (As High School Musicalâ€™s Ryan would say: â€œEveryone loves a good jazz square.â€)
The â€œJubileeâ€ cast were also workinâ€™ it â€” but I never saw a performance in which they werenâ€™t giving their all.
Iâ€™ve stayed out of the which-is-better debate on the Disneyland (live singing) vs. Disney World (prerecorded music) versions of the show, because I like them both. But I will say that one advantage to employing character performers, as opposed to singers, is that they can MOVE. Sunday afternoon, Tiana and Prince Naveen were gettinâ€™ down â€” and looked like they were having a ball.
So was the crowd. Walt Disney World survey takers have told me the show gets uniform positive reaction, so who knows? Maybe it will be brought back at some point â€” DVD release?
In the meantime, a cast member told me this weekend she had heard that the show was going to Disneyland Paris, and Disney Worldâ€™s costumes would be sent over.
But another cast member told me she had heard that most of the current cast were young adults on Disneyâ€™s College Program who were returning to school, and rumor had it when they trained new performers, the show would be brought back.
Regardless, hereâ€™s a mighty shout-out to the talented folks who brought us â€œTianaâ€™s Showboat Jubilee.â€ See yâ€™all down the bayou.
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