“Blast!” on Disney

The marching stage show “Blast!” is taking fans to a whole new world of music from the Walt Disney Company.

“Basically it’s like going full circle in my life,” show creator James Mason says. “Star of Indiana [Drum and Bugle Corps] the very first year was a Disney show, so to be working with that music again is just quite fascinating. Now that I get to do a two-hour production using their music, it’s very special.”

The tour of “Blast: The Music of Disney” is produced by Kyoto Tokyo International (KTI) and will perform in Japan this September and August. According to Mason, the show will feature favorite Disney songs both old and new, Disney-inspired original music, and selections from both “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000.” Fans can expect to see the traditional “Blast!” format while incorporating innovative new elements visually, musically, and technologically.

“It will explore other theatrical elements that we’ve never explored before, so that alone has us very excited,” Mason says.

The original Tony Award-winning “Blast!” last toured in the United States in 2013 but has continued internationally. Mason hopes to bring a “Blast!” product back to the United States in 2017-2018, whether it be this Disney production or some other iteration.

About the author

Elizabeth Geli

Elizabeth Geli is the assistant editor of Halftime Magazine and a journalist/communications professional in Southern California. Her 11 years at the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Marching Band included time as a flute player, graduate teaching assistant, and student advocate. She holds a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism and master's degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from USC.

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