Thursday, December 13, 2012
Come Rain or Come Shine: Happy Birthday, Dick Van Dyke!
Today is Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke's 87th birthday. Although he has had a diverse career in a wide variety of movies and television shows, to me, he will always be best known as the beloved Bert from Disney's "Mary Poppins."
When I found out he was a narrator for Candlelight this year, it was a no-brainer that I'd have to get my butt back up to Anaheim to catch one of his two performances.
Storm clouds loomed overhead though, and it looked as if my trip had been in vain, especially since the 5:30 show was rained out, a mere moments before it was set to start. I would not have wanted to be one of those unfortunate cast members who had to calm down the sea of angry guests who had waited for hours to see this special program.
I decided to take my chances and wait on the second show, and fortunately, my patience paid off!
To thunderous applause (and a few early birthday wishes), Dick Van Dyke stepped out onto the podium and told the story of the first Christmas.
Before getting started, Van Dyke checked to make sure that rain wasn't going to get in the way of this performance.
Full speed ahead!
Looking (and acting) at least twenty years younger, Van Dyke's interpretation of the story did not disappoint; it was obvious to see why he had been a favorite narrator of Candlelight for so many years.
In addition, I was able to also enjoy Drew Tablak's "Silent Night" one more time. For me, this song is the highlight of Candlelight, as it emotionally moves the audience to tears each time he pours his heart into it.
At one point in the program, when it appeared that rain might cause an early end, Van Dyke made light of the situation by referencing "Mary Poppins" with the black umbrella that a cast member had handed him.
So in honor of this talented man who has brought so much joy and laughter to millions of people, I wish him a very happy birthday!
In the home video department, here are a few clips from "Dick Tracy," in conjunction with the recent release of this Warren Beatty classic on Blu-ray:
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