Dick Van Dyke, Hayley Mills & Others Celebrate Disney Musical Legends Sherman Brothers At Joyous Motion Picture Academy Tribute

Deadline | 6/21/2018 | Pete Hammond
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Keala Settle, co-star of the smash movie musical The Greatest Showman, hit the stage at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on Wednesday night to sing a killer rendition of the iconic Disneyland theme, “It’s a Small World,” the kickoff to a magical night as Oscar celebrated the writers of that tune: Disney legends Richard M Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

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So the lyrics may have said “it’s a small world,” but the lines outside the Academy to get into this sold out tribute were anything but small, with upward of 100 turned away due to capacity issues. Every seat was taken, and some even tried sitting in the aisles for this once-in-a-lifetime show called The Sherman Brothers: A Hollywood Songbook, timed to Richard Sherman’s 90th birthday (actual date was June 12). He is the surviving brother of the duo since brother Robert passed away in 2012. As the resident songwriters for several generations of Disney fans, their work stretches from two Oscars for Mary Poppins, to Winnie The Pooh, The Jungle Book, The Parent Trap, to yet another Disneyland attraction with the Tiki Room, as well as numerous films outside of Disney including the memorable scores for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Tom Sawyer, and Charlotte’s Web among so many others. There even was a fascinating 2009 documentary (some of which was shown in the clips expertly assembled for the presentation), The Boys that also has been in development as a narrative feature on and off over the years. Anyone who saw Disney’s story of the creation of Mary Poppins called Saving Mr. Banks also saw the Shermans significantly depicted in that 2013 film. Their list of honors include 9 Oscar...
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