Aaron Wallace

Aaron Wallace

Aaron Wallace is a podcaster, attorney, and the bestselling author of several books on travel and entertainment, including Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic and a series dedicated to Walt Disney World theme park attractions. His podcast, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod, is the longest-running Disney podcast on the web. He’s also an avid Broadway and musical theatre fan.

Bridging several academic disciplines in his work, Aaron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both English and Communication Studies (concentrating in Film, Television, and Media Studies) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, he earned a Juris Doctorate at Wake Forest University. Today, he lives in Orlando and studies theatre, theme parks, television, movies, music, and more. For more, follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @aaronwallace
 




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BWW Review: The Nonstop Twists and Turns in Garden Theatre's DEATHTRAP Are Both Trick and TreatBWW Review: The Nonstop Twists and Turns in Garden Theatre's DEATHTRAP Are Both Trick and Treat
Posted: Oct. 14, 2019


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BWW Interview: Amy Grant on Her New TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS Special for The Hallmark ChannelBWW Interview: Amy Grant on Her New TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS Special for The Hallmark Channel
Posted: Nov. 28, 2018


BWW Review: Classy Meets Wacky in 'WEIRD AL''s Must-See STRINGS ATTACHED Tour at Melbourne, FL's King CenterBWW Review: Classy Meets Wacky in 'WEIRD AL''s Must-See STRINGS ATTACHED Tour at Melbourne, FL's King Center
Posted: Jun. 11, 2019


BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY Comes Alive in Immersive Production at Theater West End in Sanford, FLBWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY Comes Alive in Immersive Production at Theater West End in Sanford, FL
Posted: Feb. 17, 2019


BWW Interview: David Archuleta Talks New Christmas Album, Broadway, and Life After 'Idol'BWW Interview: David Archuleta Talks New Christmas Album, Broadway, and Life After 'Idol'
Posted: Dec. 11, 2018


BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! at Dr. Phillips Center Reminds Us the World Is 'Full of Wonderful Things'BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! at Dr. Phillips Center Reminds Us the World Is 'Full of Wonderful Things'
Posted: Nov. 29, 2018


BWW Review: The Nonstop Twists and Turns in Garden Theatre's DEATHTRAP Are Both Trick and Treat
October 14, 2019

DEATHTRAP gets off to a slow start, but by Scene Two - when the third of five characters enters the action - it's off to a fast-paced saga of twists, turns, and fatalities... Hilarity and homicide ensue, but in ways you won't see coming, with so many plot twists and misdirects that even an audience with ESP might gasp, as the Garden's sold-out house did all night long. Well, most of the theater...

BWW Review: Garden Theatre's RAGTIME Is Something Special
September 3, 2019

For RAGTIME, director Mark Edward Smith and his crew have crafted one of the most appealing and stately sets I've seen at the Garden Theatre. The blocking is clever and thoughtful - important when you have a big ensemble cast on a small stage - and the lighting and costumes are on point. The vaudeville era must be the Garden's charm, because this is certainly the best staging I've seen here since the last season opener, Gypsy. But whether you've seen RAGTIME or not, it's the cast here that is really going to wow you...

BWW Review: Theater West End's IF/THEN Is a Moving, Thought-Provoking, Big-Song Musical You'll Be Glad You Saw
August 19, 2019

IF/THEN is a dramatization of the concept of opportunity cost. How different might your life be because you went to the park an hour later than you planned or lingered there a little longer? How much of life's trajectory is informed by choice as opposed to coincidence or what is 'supposed' to be? How could your seemingly inconsequential afternoon fundamentally change not only your life but also the lives of your friends and family? IF/THEN has a lot of thoughts on those questions... the overall reward is worthwhile.

BWW Interview: 'Weird Al' Yankovic Talks About Broadway, Nerd Life, Jelly Donuts, and Touring with a Symphony
July 5, 2019

We talk about his new STRINGS ATTACHED tour - which happens to be his biggest and most extravagant ever (and for 'Weird Al,' that's saying a lot) - his Broadway bucket list, whether he's changed his mind on doing a new Star Wars song, what it was like to grow up as an uncool genius, why no one needs to look forward to his death, and his affection for a certain stuffed pastry, among other things....

BWW Review: GHOST THE MUSICAL Brings Poltergeists, Pop Songs, and Pottery to Theater West End in Sanford
June 24, 2019

For all my problems with GHOST: THE MUSICAL, Ghost remains an extremely compelling story. Its unusual blend of comedy, drama, horror, and romance is still striking on stage, and even though there were things I'd change, last night I texted a few friends and told them to be sure they see GHOST: THE MUSICAL while it's still at Theater West End, faults and all. I'm going to recommend the same to you...

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY at Dr. Phillips Center Shows Us the Best of Humanity in the Worst of Times
June 12, 2019

That the odds are against it underscores just what a tremendous achievement COME FROM AWAY represents. Almost two decades later, this still isn't easy ground to tread - not for creators and certainly not for audiences. But COME FROM AWAY rings true. It is reverent but not funereal, stirring but not saccharine. It works, perhaps, because it looks at 9/11 from a distance - not from the streets of Manhattan but the distant shores of Canada instead. And it purposely eschews the maudlin. There is no emotional browbeating in this show... It speaks to a part of us that we sometimes forget we have - the part that, we hope, will rise to the occasion and respond to tragedy with compassion and care...

BWW Review: Classy Meets Wacky in 'WEIRD AL''s Must-See STRINGS ATTACHED Tour at Melbourne, FL's King Center
June 11, 2019

But lest you worry that this isn't the full-fledged Yankovic stage experience, rest assured: you aren't missing out one bit. I've always said a 'Weird Al' show is like a series of music videos brought to life on stage. True to form, nearly each new song in STRINGS ATTACHED brings an elaborate costume change, with occasional video interstitials...

BWW Review: ANASTASIA at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
May 15, 2019

Thankfully, when ANASTASIA hit Broadway, it dispensed with anyone immortal or winged, replacing fantasy with the real-world politics that led up to the Romanovs' demise. The added historical context grounds this once-wacky story, and frankly, I would have welcomed even more of it...

BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Shows Orlando Why It Rocked Broadway
April 18, 2019

There's terrific acting in the touring cast, even if the singing voices waver from Platt to flat. We get an incredibly convincing Evan in Ben Levi Ross (an understudy for the same role on Broadway). He interprets the character as nervous, nerdy, and unknowingly funny. It's an excellent performance...

BWW Review: FRIENDS!: THE MUSICAL PARODY Is The One You Want to See with Your Millennial BFFs
April 8, 2019

Effective parody isn't that common, it doesn't happen to every iconic TV show, and it IS a big deal!

BWW Review: Things Get Naughty in WILD PARTY at Theater West End
April 8, 2019

WILD PARTY is a showcase of everything I love about Theater West End: gorgeous lighting, creative set design, top-notch casting, and a willingness to stage shows that aren't being done somewhere else fifty times a year  - even if this particular musical, about a 1920s love rectangle that implodes during a debaucherous soiree, doesn't quite compel...

BWW Review: In 1984 at Garden Theatre, Big Brother Is Shocking You...
March 15, 2019

Those who know 1984 will anxiously await a big twist, and let me tell you, I couldn't have dreamed of a better execution. It was so startling and dramatic that I physically jumped in my seat, even though I knew what was coming...

BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Dr. Phillips Center
March 12, 2019

This show is essentially what it was on Broadway: a gorgeous staging that marries stunning stagecraft with complex and rewarding material. But with so many of the cast members, the singing isn't where it ought to be...

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY Comes Alive in Immersive Production at Theater West End in Sanford, FL
February 17, 2019

At Theater West End, you've entered the world of WEST SIDE STORY before even taking your seat. Getting there requires walking across the blue-collar, gang-ridden streets of 1950s New York in the Upper West Side. There's graffiti on the floor beneath you and the walls all around. T-shirts hang out to dry on clotheslines over your head. There's a basketball goal on the cage-wire fence the band sits behind. You might even be seated next to a fire hydrant or a traffic cone. It takes a moment to remember that this same space was home to Madison County's bridges just a couple months ago...

BWW Exclusive: ALADDIN's Adam Jacobs and Arielle Jacobs Surprise Students at Disney Performing Arts
February 5, 2019

Adam Jacobs and Arielle Jacobs, stars of Disney's ALADDIN on Broadway, surprised a group of Disney Performing Arts students at Walt Disney World this Friday...

BWW Review: HAMILTON Is Here and Meets the Hype at Dr. Phillips Center
January 25, 2019

Not since Sondheim have we had a musical so complex in lyrics, so layered in rhetoric, so rich in motif, and so conscious of characters' competing perspectives on one another. It is a concert of overlap, interplay, meta-reference, and occasionally even time travel...

BWW Review: It's Hamilton Month in Orlando, but Don't Sleep on THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at Garden Theater
January 24, 2019

A fledgling Elvis impersonator reluctantly takes a secret gig as a drag queen in the Florida panhandle... and hopes to God his wife won't find out. That's the high-concept premise of THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE...

BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS Is an Alright Christmas at Dr. Phillips Center
December 19, 2018

Certainly, if you're looking for a festive night on the town with your family this holiday week, WHITE CHRISTMAS at Dr. Phillips Center is your ticket. There's something quaint about heading downtown for some simple entertainment to ring in the holiday. And to this production's credit, the set design is (for the most part) vivid, detailed, and impressive. Ditto the costuming, a distinctly 2000s interpretation of the 1940s and '50s. The grand finale is stunning in both respects...

BWW Interview: David Archuleta Talks New Christmas Album, Broadway, and Life After 'Idol'
December 11, 2018

I like him right away. He listens to my questions and gives them some thought before he answers. It's the same thoughtfulness I've noticed in interviews over the years when he talks about music, the songs he likes, or the faith he follows. He's called to talk about his brand-new Christmas album, WINTER IN THE AIR, and its accompanying national tour - David's first time on the road in quite a while...

BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! at Dr. Phillips Center Reminds Us the World Is 'Full of Wonderful Things'
November 29, 2018

The grin hits your face early in HELLO, DOLLY! and stays there 'til the bows are done...



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