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November 19

November 19, 2007 – The Film Enchanted Has US Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City

Enchanted is in many ways an homage to classic Disney films, beginning as an animated tale then turns into a live-action musical.”

On November 19, 2007, the US premiere of the film Enchanted was held at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. The film had its world premiere in London, England on October 20; it would be generally released to theaters on November 21, 2007. Attending the premiere were the stars of the film, including Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, and Idina Menzel, as well as producer Barry Josephson, singer Carrie Underwood, and Disney CEO Bob Iger and wife Willow Bay.

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November 13

November 13, 2012 -The Cast of Newsies Performs on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: All Stars

“Wrongs will be righted, if we’re united, let us seize the day!”

On November 13, 2012, the cast of the Broadway musical Newsies performed the song “Seize the Day” on the hit ABC competition show Dancing with the Stars: All Stars. Based on the 1992 film, the Broadway musical officially premiered on March 29, 2012; this was the third time the cast of a Disney musical performed on the television program. The cast at the time of filming this episode featured Corey Cott as Jack Kelley, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie.

October 30

October 30, 1906 – Composer and Disney Legend Paul Smith is Born

On October 30, 1906, composer Paul Smith was born in Calument, Michigan to a musical family. The family later moved to Caldwell, Idaho, where Smith’s father taught music at the College of Idaho. Smith’s musical ability emerged at an early age, and his father nurtured this by teaching his son to play a variety of instruments, including piano and violin. Smith enrolled in the Bush Conservatory of Music in Chicago in 1925; after graduation, he taught at Elmhurst College and York High School. He then moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and earned a degree in English. After graduating, he wound up at the Walt Disney Studios in 1934, and became a pioneer in music for motion pictures, scoring for animated features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella, True-Life Adventure films such as The Vanishing Prairie and Perri, and live action features such as The Shaggy Dog and Pollyanna. Smith had over fifty credits to his name, and over the course of his career he scored eight Academy Award nominations, including one win for his work on the score of the film Pinocchio with Leigh Harline and Ned Washington. Smith retired in 1962 after almost thirty years with The Walt Disney Studios. On January 25, 1985, Smith passed away in Glendale, California. He was honored as a Disney Legend for his contributions to the Walt Disney Company in 1994.

October 28

October 28, 1992 – The ABC Television Series Laurie Hill Airs Last Episode

On October 28, 1992, the final episode of the ABC television sitcom Laurie Hill aired before the series was cancelled. Created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black, the series centered around pediatrician Laurie Hill, who was fiercely dedicated to her work and her family, and trying to balance the expectations and demands of both. Unfortunately, the series never seemed to take off on the network, and was cancelled after only five episodes of the ten episode order had aired, leaving the rest of the season still unaired as of 2018. The series was notable for being one of the earliest roles of Ellen DeGeneres, who would go on to have her own successful show by the same creators, starting in 1994. The series starred DeLane Matthews as Dr. Laurie Hill, Robert Clohessy as Jeff Hill, Eric Lloyd as Leo Hill, Ellen DeGeneres as Nancy MacIntyre, Kurt Fuller as Dr. Spencer Kramer, Joseph Maher as Dr. Walter Wiseman, and Doris Belack as Beverly Fielder.

October 24

October 24, 2006 – The Musical Sister Act Opens in California’s Pasadena Playhouse

“Masquerading as a nun named Mary Clarence, this Sister’s act will have you laughing and singing in the aisles.”

On October 24, 2006, the musical Sister Act began previews at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. It was based on the 1992 musical comedy film that was released by Touchstone Pictures, which is owned by Walt Disney Studios. The stage production featured original songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, along with the book provided by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. The California cast included Dawnn Lewis as Deloris Van Cartier, Elizabeth Ward as Mother Superior, David Jennings as Eddie, Amy K. Murray as Sister Mary Patrick, Beth Malone as Sister Mary Robert, and Audrie Neenan as Sister Mary Lazarus. The California production closed on December 23, 2006; it would go on to open in the West End on June 2, 2009.

September 8

September 8, 2017 – The Digital Series Club Mickey Mouse Premieres

“Tell me who’s the original, I mean everything literal, only one individual, the greatest ever, did you know?”

On September 8, 2017, the newest incarnation of the Mickey Mouse Club, known as Club Mickey Mouse, premiered as a digital series on the social media platforms Instagram and Facebook. The Mouseketeers create their own music and stories, which feature modern choreography and musical styles, as they navigate through friendships and life. The new cast of Mouseketeers feature Regan Aliyah, Jenna Alvarez, Ky Baldwin, Gabe De Guzman, Leanne Tessa Langston, Brianna Mazzola, Sean Oliu, and Will Simmons.

September 5

September 5, 1988 – Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Begins Airing

On September 5, 1988, the daytime television talk show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee began airing in syndication. Featuring hosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford, the pair created an almost “husband and wife” chat show where the hosts bantered about the important topics of the day. This version of the show ended on July 31, 2000, after Gifford left the show; it was rebranded as Live with Regis and Kelly on February 12, 2001, when Kelly Ripa joined the show. When Philbin left the show in 2011, the show became Live! With Kelly.