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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: LOOPED Brings Legendary Diva Tallulah Bankhead to Electric Life at Garden PhotoBWW Review: LOOPED Brings Legendary Diva Tallulah Bankhead to Electric Life at Garden Theatre
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BWW Review: Garden Theatre Reimagines MAN OF LA MANCHA as a Tale for Our Time PhotoBWW Review: Garden Theatre Reimagines MAN OF LA MANCHA as a Tale for Our Time
Posted: Aug. 30, 2021


BWW Review: Garden Theatre's THE BODYGUARD Is Whitney-Worthy and One-Ups the Movie PhotoBWW Review: Garden Theatre's THE BODYGUARD Is Whitney-Worthy and One-Ups the Movie
Posted: Jul. 13, 2021


BWW Review: GODSPELL Is Good News at Garden Theatre PhotoBWW Review: GODSPELL Is Good News at Garden Theatre
Posted: Apr. 26, 2021


BWW Review: Theater West End's ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Is a Cute Musical About a Star a PhotoBWW Review: Theater West End's ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Is a Cute Musical About a Star and Her Stan
Posted: May. 3, 2021


BWW Review: Theater West End's DISENCHANTED Is a 'Not Safe for Fantasyland' Royal Reb PhotoBWW Review: Theater West End's DISENCHANTED Is a 'Not Safe for Fantasyland' Royal Rebellion
Posted: Jul. 14, 2021


BWW Review: Theater West End's ONCE Interrupts the Familiar with Blasts of Joy PhotoBWW Review: Theater West End's ONCE Interrupts the Familiar with Blasts of Joy
Posted: May. 17, 2021


BWW Review: LOOPED Brings Legendary Diva Tallulah Bankhead to Electric Life at Garden PhotoBWW Review: LOOPED Brings Legendary Diva Tallulah Bankhead to Electric Life at Garden Theatre
Posted: Oct. 14, 2021


BWW Review: LOOPED Brings Legendary Diva Tallulah Bankhead to Electric Life at Garden Theatre
October 14, 2021

Actually, LOOPED is more specific than that. The movie in question is Die! Die! My Darling!, and by the time Act I opens, filming has already wrapped. We meet Ms. Bankhead as she barges into a post-production editing room with an F word so boisterous and stylish it could only leap from the lips of a diva. Film editor Danny Miller needs her to dub over a single line of garbled audio. He hopes to wrap that up in mere minutes. Tallulah’s Scotch-drenched dramatics have other plans. The play proceeds in pursuit of that single successfully uttered sentence over two acts...

BWW Review: JOSEPHINE Puts Showbiz's First Black Superstar in a One-of-a-Kind Spotlight at Theater West End
August 30, 2021

It is a marvel to fathom the many aptitudes required of Tymisha Harris in crafting and delivering JOSEPHINE, a 75-minute, one-act, one-woman show that the Orlando native co-created and took to New York and international tour. She, like the trailblazer she honors, is a singular force of manifold talent...

BWW Review: Garden Theatre Reimagines MAN OF LA MANCHA as a Tale for Our Time
August 30, 2021

This latest production puts the classic tale of Don Quixote and its author in an almost shocking new context - one that's as powerful as it is surprising... Though the dialogue stays the same, with references to the Inquisition intact, Cervantes's prison is very clearly a U.S. immigration detention center in the 21st century...

BWW Review: Theater West End's DISENCHANTED Is a 'Not Safe for Fantasyland' Royal Rebellion
July 14, 2021

Spot-on casting is nothing out of the ordinary at Theater West End, nor are tasteful set direction or an overall atmosphere of well-themed festivity. But for all the production's successes, Dennis T. Giacino's musical, as written, never fully realizes its potential...

BWW Review: Garden Theatre's THE BODYGUARD Is Whitney-Worthy and One-Ups the Movie
July 13, 2021

“THE BODYGUARD on stage sounds fun,” I thought, “but is there really anybody in Winter Garden who can handle Whitney Houston songs for two whole hours?” It turns out there are at least two people up to the task, and The Garden’s got them both...

BWW Review: Theater West End's ONCE Interrupts the Familiar with Blasts of Joy
May 17, 2021

Twice, ONCE won awards I thought the competition deserved. In 2012, the Broadway musical knocked out Newsies for the Tonys' top prize. Another Alan Menken musical, Enchanted, lost an Oscar to ONCE thrice - its trio of nominees falling swiftly to 'Falling Slowly' and my anger rising rapidly at home...

BWW Review: Theater West End's ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Is a Cute Musical About a Star and Her Stan
May 3, 2021

Louise’s long monologues between Patsy’s numbers aren’t nearly as timeless, but then her ability to talk about a single celebrity sighting for two whole hours is something I find both deeply and embarrassingly relatable...

BWW Review: GODSPELL Is Good News at Garden Theatre
April 26, 2021

Filling those water-walkin' sandals is Orlando native Eddie Ortega. His is the Jesus of the Bible - cool, chill, funny, sharp, smart, wise, surprising, radical, and full of love. He occasionally sings in Spanish, while his disciples add that and sign language too - your friendly reminder that nobody in the Bible spoke English...

BWW Review: Put on Your Sunday Masks: The Garden's HELLO, DOLLY! Reminds Us There's a World Out There
September 11, 2020

Fate couldn't have found a more fitting show for the Garden Theatre's 2020 return than one with a whole song about getting out of the house and hitting the town... The Garden has done just about everything a theatre of its size can do to mitigate risk and keep its patrons safe... It did feel very good to be back in a theatre again...

BWW Review: An Elderly Patron and I Disagree About BEN-HUR: AN EPIC COMEDY! at Garden Theatre
March 9, 2020

a?oeThat's the worst thing I've ever seen,a?? said an elderly woman on her way out the door. a?oeI couldn't have said it better myself!a?? her friend agreed. Far be it for me to differ a?' they probably saw Ben-Hur in theatres while I still didn't know who was going to win the chariot race a?' but I loved it.

BWW Review of SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY at Dr. Phillips Center, Fun But Flimsy
March 6, 2020

It's symptomatic of SPAMILTON's inconsistency: quite funny and thoughtful in one moment, down a rabbit hole the next. For every inspired sequence in which Lin-Manuel engages 'Stephen Sondheim as Ben Franklin' in a lengthy debate about the density of rhymes, there's a lazily written riff like 'not throwing away my pot' (an extended refrain that comes out of nowhere and exists only for the cheap laugh of a weed joke). Too many of the rhymes are moon-and-June; too many of the jokes are merely references in disguise; too many of the allusions are a crutch.

BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS is a Musical for the Ages (National Tour at Dr. Phillips Center)
March 3, 2020

It's revitalized. It's funny (with new jokes). It's Facebook - er, Instagram. It's Mean Girls meets 2020. Fey's stage book is so thoughtfully transliterated from its early-aughts source, it's the familiar lines that earn the smallest laughs (except from those who've never seen the movie... shout-out to the couple who nearly died when they heard 'too gay to function,' clearly for the first time).

BWW Review: Garden Theatre's VIOLET, An Unfussy Musical with a Worthy Cast
February 6, 2020

A single-act show, it could use an occasional shot in the arm. Some of the songs drag and none are especially memorable. As bus stories goes, the pacing is a long, long way from Speed. The central love triangle between Violet and two boys on the bus (military officers Monty and Flick) feels all too familiar, and its engagement with the theme of interracial romance (Flick is African-American, Monty and Violet are white) feels underserved in a show that is ultimately about self-shame and misguided faith. Still, the show...

BWW Review: Everything Wrong with ALADDIN: The Musical (And Why You Should See It at Dr. Phillips Center Anyway)
February 6, 2020

Why? Every time I answer that, I start to feel like the Genie in a?oePrince Alia?? when he's counting all those elephants, peacocks, and camels. There are a lot of problems here. Maybe not fifty-three or seventy-five or however many Persian monkeys he has, but I can definitely point to at least five things that keep this stage version one jump behind its cinematic counterpart.

BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Also Goes Long, but with Laughs and Gasps at Dr. Phillips Center
December 9, 2019

...but it's the humanity underpinning the comedy that really surprised me. The a?oestudentsa?? are so earnest in their efforts. It's their Muppet-ish instinct to make the best of a bad mistake under a spotlight that makes the show so relatable. Aren't we all just trying to do our best as the set pieces of our lives malfunction all around us?

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL - A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS at Garden Theatre Loses Sight of Scrooge
November 29, 2019

Playwright Michael Wilson has turned all of Act I into a walk down the 'yellow brick road' of London, where Scrooge meets three vendors who will resurface more translucently later that night. It's as eye-rolling as it sounds and even more boring than you can imagine. Heads were nodding all around me. Only my coffee kept mine upright.

BWW Review: ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE at Dr. Phillips Center Is Far from Paradise
November 14, 2019

I would never drink on the job, but at ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, a?oepour me something tall and stronga?? is part of the mandate a?" and the show writers are clearly counting on tequila to carry them through. Margaritaville is an island getaway where the drinks are strong, Jimmy Buffett is god, and every single inhabitant has exactly one personality trait. It's definitely the cheeseburger version of paradise...

BWW Review: LES MISERABLES Is Surprisingly Strong on Tour, Now at Dr. Phillips Center
October 24, 2019

It's an incredible production with a cast that slays Misérables. Some will lament the use of projection mapping, but it's relatively minimal and tastefully integrated within giant, imposing, ever-moving physical set pieces that tower above the audience and create an incredible sense of scale. I won't spoil any surprises, but there are a handful of very neat effects on stage, physical and digital alike. And the lighting design is both gorgeous and brave, unafraid to cast characters in shadows and keep things dark for long periods of time when it fits the mood...

BWW Review: Theater West End Goes All Out for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND with an In-House Beach and Crazy-Talented Cast
October 21, 2019

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND comes to life with mounds of sand, full-fledged shacks, an overturned boat that doubles as a platform, a wood-planked bridge, and a running stream of water that curls around the stage in a rock-lined canal. Let me repeat: they built a river that flows through the theatre. It's the most impressive set I've seen here, and that's saying something. At one point, rain falls down from the ceiling all around the stage, as if to replenish the river as it evaporates under Derek Critzer and Jonathan Scaringella's lively light design.

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...



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