Shangri-La Plaza (TV pilot)
|Created by||Mark Mueller|
|Written by||Nick Castle|
|Directed by||Nick Castle|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Executive producers||Craig Safan|
|Production companies||CBS Entertainment Productions|
|First shown in||CBS|
|Original release||July 30 –|
July 30, 1990
It was directed by Nick Castle and written and created by Mark Mueller and Nick Castle. It starred The Office’s Melora Hardin, Academy Award Nominee Chris Sarandon, jazz singer Carmen Lundy, and Broadway's original Beast and Javert (of Beauty and the Beast and Les Misérables) Terrence Mann, a two-time Tony Award Nominee for Best Actor. It also featured Tony Award-winning choreographer and tap dancer Savion Glover in one of his first television appearances, as well as eight-year-old Allison Mack, of Smallville fame. Michael Peters, a Tony Award winner for his work on Broadway's Dreamgirls, was the choreographer.
Called a cult musical in a 2020 feature article in Los Angeles Magazine titled "Shangri-La Plaza, the Star-Studded All-Musical Sitcom Time Forgot," the all-sung 30 minute television show's history was recounted by the stars and creators in honor of its 30th anniversary.
Shangri-La Plaza was filmed on location in an actual mini-mall at the corner of Vineland Avenue and Burbank Boulevard in North Hollywood, California. Its colorful design was the topic of a Washington Post story in 1990 describing its cultural and architectural impact on the Los Angeles neighborhood in which it was set. Emmy Award-winning art director Jeremy Railton, best-known for his work on Pee-Wee's Playhouse, was responsible for the set design.
- "RHYME SO BAD, IT MAKES US SAD". Los Angeles Daily News. July 30, 1990. (Newsbank)
- "UPBEAT CAST MAKES 'SHANGRI-LA' A TREAT". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 30, 1990. pp. D6. (Newsbank)
- Shangri-La Plaza at IMDb.
- Terrence Mann. Internet Broadway Database.
- "Savion Glover".
- "Michael Peters". IMDb.
- "Shangri-La Plaza, the Star-Studded, All-Musical Sitcom Time Forgot". 21 August 2020.
- [Shangri-La Plaza pilot, YouTube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2LEot85YZM]