Some fun reporting from Riedel on the reeling "pinkies" at Legally Blonde. Also the politics of Disney in the nomination process.
the nominators did not want to slap (for the second time) Tom Schumacher, the Disney executive in charge of the company's Broadway shows.
A popular figure in the small and insular theater world, Schumacher was embarrassed last year when "Tarzan," a $15 million show he practically created, failed to pick up a single Tony nomination.
"I don't think anybody wanted to diss Tom again," one nominator said yesterday. "And 'Mary Poppins' is a lot better than 'Tarzan.'"
Yes, "better than Tarzan." That would look good on the "Poppins" marquee, wouldn't it?