Joey Fatone and producer/director Joe Mulvihill are huge Disney fans, even visiting EPCOT’s food and wine festival as often as possible with their parents to see the various acts that would turn up for the Eat to the concert series. Beat. So when Joe and Joey got the opportunity to work with Disney and showcase the talents of Joey Fatone, it was truly a dream come true.
The Eat to the Beat 2022 concert series at EPCOT, part of the Food and Wine Festival, runs from July to November with scheduled performances from some of the house’s big names – the most recent being Joey Fatone & Friends.
Inside the Magic spoke exclusively to Joey Fatone and Joe Mulvihill about the success and audience reaction to Joey Fatone & Friends last weekend, and the love and appreciation for the two certainly speaks louder than words.
Joe Mulvihill, the producer/manager of Joey Fatone, first booked Boyz II Men about 10 years ago and it changed the way EPCOT’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series. “He started to have more acts, not modern acts, but different acts and he started to expand it,” Mulvihill exclusively told Inside the Magic. And that’s where Joey Fatone came in.
Although Joey Fatone is best known for being a member of boy band NSYNC, which shot to fame in the late 1990s, he is also known for his love of Broadway and his fun personality and energy.
Mulvihill, who has developed a great relationship with the Disney entertainment people over the years, was talking to Joey Fatone one day, which is when Joey had an idea for a different kind of show.
“Man, I want to do a variety show,” Joey said, and while it’s not something Disney was usually looking for, Mulvihill asked Disney anyway. “I was talking to Disney and I said ‘we have a thing called Joey & Friends and we’d like to try it at Food and Wine,’ and they were like ‘okay, that’s fine with me, if you want do it,'” he told Inside the Magic.
2019 marked Joey Fatone & Friends’ first show, and it was a huge success. “Needless to say, it was such a fun kind of concoction,” he said. “It was so much fun and from there we started doing stuff across the country; doing private parties like with Joey Fatone & Nick Carter from Backstreet.
Mulvihill told Inside the Magic that private parties became this “Joey & Friends concoction” where they cater to any audience – something they still do to this day.
For the EPCOT Eat to the Beat 2022 concert series in particular, Joe and Joey decided to invite Megan, a singer they heard while having dinner at a New York restaurant. After hearing her voice, the two talked to her and decided to take her to Disney because they wanted to give her a chance to share her talent with the world and “she absolutely killed it,” Joe said.
They also had Inconvenient Wildcards‘ Murr who performed Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, alongside Joey Fatone, who many fans hailed as “the crossover of the year”.
“We know the Disney audience and there’s nothing more satisfying than creating something, not just at Disney, but something of quality where people walk away and say ‘now that was entertainment,'” Mulvihill told Inside the Magic.
Fans posted various videos on social media over the weekend, one of which called one of Joey’s performances “what millennial dreams are made of”, stating that he was still a legend all the time. those years later – something Joey Fatone himself loved to see and hear.
“We do something good, I guess, when people appreciate it, like it and everything,” Joey Fatone told Inside the Magic. “I mean, it means you’re doing something right.”
The NSYNC member even goes so far as to watch his audience as he performs, and as others on his show perform, to garner feedback. “We’re pretty good judges of the audience, so if they’re not happy, we’re like, ‘Okay, let’s see what works and what doesn’t,'” Fatone told Inside the Magic. “The shows we’ve done now have given me a bit more, not so much confidence but more in terms of repertoire.”
Joey Fatone has described their shows as a “well-oiled machine”, but that doesn’t stop them from continuing to grow and change the show to appeal to all audiences. “We try to do something different every time, so if someone comes back to the show, they know they’re not getting the same show, they’re getting something a little different,” Fatone said. at Inside the Magic.
When Joey was at EPCOT last weekend, he also got a chance to enjoy the theme parks, being a Disney lover and annual passholder himself.
“That’s how dedicated Joey is as a Disney fan, he loves bringing people around, showing them around the park, showing them Hidden Mickeys, telling all the stories, explaining all the trivia, like he’s in it “said Mulvihill.
“I mean you ride Toy Story with him and he yells all the codes at you to unlock all the balloons for 5,000, you have no idea how ridiculous that clown is,” he laughed. .
But Joey’s passion for Disney is one of the reasons Joey Fatone & Friends works so well at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival – because he understands the passion and love of Disney fans and would like to continue to bring magic year after year at the Eat to Beat concert series.
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