Tony Award-nominee and Broadway superstar Rob McClure (Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire, Avenue Q) joins David to chat all things Disney Parks on this episode of ‘E-Ticket to Broadway’! Rob’s love and fascination with Disney magic is incredibly sweet and genuine–listen as he shares his experience of going to Walt Disney World for the first time at age 16 and how he was immediately in awe. It was that trip that made him fall in love with the Disney Theme Parks (and also the first time he left his home state of New Jersey!). The next time Rob went was while on tour with Avenue Q and his wife Maggie, and this trip cemented his love of Main Street USA, the Country Bear Jamboree, and The Enchanted Tiki Room. Meeting the Fab Five at the Parks and seeing Tinkerbell during the Fireworks remain a core memory for Rob.
He and David go back in time to talk about Rob’s early experiences with Disney–dancing and conducting to the soundtrack of “The Lion King,” seeing both “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” & “Aladdin” in the movie theater, and being in awe of that voice actor who gave life to the Genie. Rob shares his love of Captain Hook, Smee, Geppetto, and Jiminy Cricket, as well as the Muppets (and tells the story of finding an amazing piece of merch he found at the Parks).
At the time of recording, Rob was just back from taking his daughter to Walt Disney World for the first time and shares some fun memories from the trip, including dinner at Beast’s castle and walking through Galaxy’s Edge and sobbing. He reveals a very special story about his daughter and wife having a similar reaction to a certain magical moment above Cinderella Castle.
Of the many Broadway characters he’s played, which one would Rob most like to go to a Disney Park with? What job would Rob want if he became a Cast Member? How would he like to amp up Muppet representation in the Parks? All of these questions are answered on this episode, and Rob and David play “Rob McClure or Walt Disney,” everyone’s favorite game. #DickensianCloche
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