*I don’t care how old you are, or what race, gender or sexual orientation — when a Disney Princess calls you, you have at least a small “freak out” moment.
“Hi, Michael. This is Jodi Benson.” on the other end of my phone yesterday morning did it for me.
For the uninitiated, Benson is the Broadway star, actress, and singer who gave a voice to Ariel in the Disney animated classic The Little Mermaid. She gave me a call to tell me about her upcoming gig with the San Francisco Symphony, A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE. She’ll perform holiday hits and a hit or two of her own (“Part Of Your World, anyone?) with the San Francisco Symphony, at Davies Hall. The show runs December 18-24.
“The conductor, Randall Fleischer, and I are old friends,” Benson, 51 told me by phone in her distinctive, still-girlish voice. “We have worked together for almost two decades, and I have sung with the San Francisco Symphony I believe three times, but it’s been several years since I’ve been there! So when Randall got this particular gig, and he told me he would love for me to come celebrate the holidays with him and the San Francisco Symphony, of course I said ‘yes’.”
A Charlie Brown Christmas and Disney’s Little Mermaid? THAT’s a ticket that’ll be hard to beat this holiday season!
“A Christmas concert is one of my favorite things to do,” Benson shared. “I love the holiday season, I love when we do the big extravaganzas, with all the kids and everything — it’s right up my alley!”
Tickets for A Charlie Brown Christmas Live are available at sfsymphony.org.
And YES I got Benson to give me the “inside scoop” on making The Little Mermaid, the Toy Story movies (she portrayed Barbie in those), how she almost got the role of Belle in Beauty & the Beast, and a few other tidbits! Look to sacculturalhub.com in the coming weeks for that!