Not a dry eye in the house June 20 as @theacademy
paid tribute to the Sherman Brothers and their “Hollywood Songbook.” Who isn’t moved by the music of Richard M. Sherman and his late brother Robert B. Sherman? And not just at “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room.” Keala Settle opened with a soulful “it’s a small world,” earning the first of the night’s many standing ovations. @johnstamos
(yes, he owns the old Disneyland sign from Harbor Boulevard!) emceed — telling the packed house at Samuel Goldwyn Theater he’s so obsessed with Sherman Brothers music he named his son “Mowgli TikiTiki ChittyChitty Stamos.” Dick Van Dyke, who did a hip hop version of “A Spoonful of Sugar,” summed up the magic of their music this way: “It went straight to your heart.” Lots of familiar faces on hand, including @mulliganjimmy.
(See you at a tiki marketplace soon!) Pete Docter (@pixar
) helped out with the tribute; @alanmenken
sang; as did Kenny Loggins, his song “Your Heart Will Lead You Home” from “The Tigger Movie.” And Michael-Leon Wooley (@mlwooley
) did a wonderful “River Song,” from 1973’s “Tom Sawyer.” Juliet Mills, who had husband Maxwell Caulfield on her arm, said hi to me afterward, adding, “You did a great job.” Responding to my quizzical look, they replied, “Aren’t you Johnny Whitaker?” (The title character from “Tom Sawyer.”) While flattered — that would mean I’d shared the screen with Jodie Foster! — I assured them I am not. “But may I say you did a great job, too,” I offered. They laughed! Moments later, who walks up? None other than Mr. Whitaker, who’d been recognized earlier in the evening. Richard Sherman recently turned 90; this night was like one big happy birthday bash — with lots of Disney magic thrown in. He took the stage, ad-libbing a tribute to wife Elizabeth during “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and the evening ended with a sing-a-long to the #MaryPoppins
song, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite, ” while overhead kites were flying! #disney #disneyfan #shermanbrothers #richardmsherman #robertbsherman #music #Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious #waltdisney #hollywood #thursday #disneysongs #disneymusic #itsasmallworld #kealasettle #disneyland #disneyworld #pixar #tiki