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VIDEO: Ian McKellen Delivers Impromptu Shakespearean Soliloquy at TrevorLIVEVIDEO: Ian McKellen Delivers Impromptu Shakespearean Soliloquy at TrevorLIVE
by Movies News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Following his moving speech, the actor dropped the mic and came into the crowd to perform a Shakespearean soliloquy - check out the impromptu performance below! (more...)

Trevor Hero Award Recipient Ian McKellen Talks Coming Out: 'It's Not Easy to Be Yourself'Trevor Hero Award Recipient Ian McKellen Talks Coming Out: 'It's Not Easy to Be Yourself'
by TV News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Sir Ian McKellen, co-founder of Stonewall U.K., which lobbies for legal and social equality for gay people, was presented with the 2015 Trevor Hero Award at Monday's TrevorLIVE New York. (more...)

HAMILTON and More Win Big at 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards- ALL the Winners!HAMILTON and More Win Big at 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards- ALL the Winners!
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2015

For the first time since 1983 with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, an Off-Broadway musical, HAMILTON, has won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical! Check out all the winners below! (more...)

Josh Gad Tweets from Set of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: 'Get Ready for Magic People'Josh Gad Tweets from Set of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: 'Get Ready for Magic People'
by Movies News Desk - May 28, 2015

Josh Gad took to Twitter yesterday to share his excitement from the set of Disney's upcoming live action tale of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. (more...)

SIDE SHOW: ADDED ATTRACTIONS Live 54 Below Album Now AvailableSIDE SHOW: ADDED ATTRACTIONS Live 54 Below Album Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - May 19, 2015

Supplant your new SIDE SHOW cast recording with even more goodies! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cast Bids SIDE SHOW a Fond Farewell with 'Added Attractions' Encore at 54 BelowBWW Reviews: Cast Bids SIDE SHOW a Fond Farewell with 'Added Attractions' Encore at 54 Below
by David Clarke - May 17, 2015

Back by popular demand, March's SIDE SHOW: ADDED ATTRACTIONS concert returned to 54 Below this week. Packing in two more performances, the Monday evening show celebrated the short lived Broadway run of the revival of Side Show, the March concert, and the upcoming release of Broadway Records' SIDE SHOW: ADDED ATTRACTIONS - Live at 54 Below. (more...)

Twitter Watch: Luke Evans and Josh Gad in the Studio for BEAUTY AND THE BEASTTwitter Watch: Luke Evans and Josh Gad in the Studio for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW Staff - May 5, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Luke Evans wrote '@joshgad and I recording! My what a guy!!! That's Gastoooooooooooooon!!!! #beautyandthebeast ' (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Ian McKellen in All-New Trailer for MR. HOLMESVIDEO: First Look - Ian McKellen in All-New Trailer for MR. HOLMES
by Movies News Desk - May 5, 2015

A new U.S. trailer has been released for Bill Condon's MR. HOLMES, starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, and Milo Parker. Check it out below! (more...)

El Rey Network to Present FROM DUSK TILL DAWN Marathon This MayEl Rey Network to Present FROM DUSK TILL DAWN Marathon This May
by TV News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, El Rey Network and Miramax will kick-off a marathon of their breakout original series, 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,' appropriately beginning Tuesday, May 5th at dusk (6 PM ET) and concluding at dawn (4am ET). (more...)

Stage and Screen Star Stanley Tucci Boards BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Film as 'Cadenza'Stage and Screen Star Stanley Tucci Boards BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Film as 'Cadenza'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Disney's live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST continues to add to its ranks! According to Variety, Stanley Tucci has joined the star-studded cast as 'Cadenza', a new character -- a grand piano described as 'a neurotic maestro.' (more...)

Be His Guest- Ewan McGregor Joins BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Film as Lumiere!Be His Guest- Ewan McGregor Joins BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Film as Lumiere!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Set for a release on March 17, 2017, the beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Emma Watson andDan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston.Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. Josh Gad will take on the role of Le Fou, and six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will play Garderobe. Stage and screen legend Ian McKellen is set to take on Cogsworth, and he recently wrote about his first day in rehearsal in London. Check out his full diary entry below! (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Ian McKellen in New UK Trailer for MR. HOLMESVIDEO: First Look - Ian McKellen in New UK Trailer for MR. HOLMES
by Movies News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

A new UK trailer has been shared for Bill Condon's MR. HOLMES, starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, and Milo Parker. Check it out below! (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Casey Nicholaw to Helm DREAMGIRLS in the West End; Open Casting Call in MaySOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Casey Nicholaw to Helm DREAMGIRLS in the West End; Open Casting Call in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

The Daily Mail writes that SOMETHING ROTTEN! director Casey Nicholaw will officially be directing DREAMGIRLS in its UK debut. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Emily Padgett Discusses Life Post-SIDE SHOW; Plus Listen to Debut of 'Ready to Play/We Share Everything' from ADDED ATTRACTIONS!BWW Exclusive: Emily Padgett Discusses Life Post-SIDE SHOW; Plus Listen to Debut of 'Ready to Play/We Share Everything' from ADDED ATTRACTIONS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 16, 2015

The critically acclaimed cast of the Broadway musical revival SIDE SHOW recently re-united at 54 BELOW, the famed performance venue in New York City. The concert performed included never-before-heard material such as cut songs, extended versions of familiar hits, and additional fun surprises for only those in attendance. This special once-in-a-lifetime LIVE event has been preserved on this brand new album as a fitting companion to the Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording, also available from Broadway Records. You won't believe your ears... it will never leave you. The album, 'Side Show: Added Attractions', is et for a May 12 release. Click here to pre-order today. On May 11, the cast will return to 54 Below yet again to celebrate the release of the album, and Daisy herself, played by Emily Padgett, is already preparing for the big night. Below, BroadwayWorld catches up with Padgett on her post-SIde Show life. Read on for the full interview, plus, catch an exclsuive debut of 'Ready to Play/We Share Everything' from the new album! (more...)

Ian McKellen Writes About BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Rehearsal- 'It's the First Time I've Heard Applause at a Read-Through'Ian McKellen Writes About BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Rehearsal- 'It's the First Time I've Heard Applause at a Read-Through'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Set for a release on March 17, 2017, the beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Emma Watson andDan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston.Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. Josh Gad will take on the role of Le Fou, and six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will play Garderobe. Stage and screen legend Ian McKellen is set to take on Cogsworth, and he recently wrote about his first day in rehearsal in London. Check out his full diary entry below! (more...)

Twitter Watch: Josh Gad Takes Selfie with BEAUTY AND THE  BEAST Cast!Twitter Watch: Josh Gad Takes Selfie with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Cast!
by BWW Staff - Apr 14, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Josh Gad wrote ' that stage veteran and film star Ian McKellen has joined Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as 'Cogsworth'. Set for a release on March 17, 2017, the beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston. Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. As BWW announced previously, Josh Gad will reportedly take on the role of Le Fou, with six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald playing Garderobe. Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, will score the new BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice. Bill Condon will direct from a script by Stephen Chbosky, and the film will be produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Production begins in May at Shepperton Studios in London. Disney also recently announced it will be creating live-action versions of MULAN and PINOCCHIO, joining reboots of THE JUNGLE BOOK, PETE'S DRAGON and WINNIE THE POOH. The live-action adaptation of CINDERELLA, starring Lily James, just hit the big screen this winter. McKellen was last seen on the big screen as 'Gandalf' in THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (a role he originated in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) and will soon appear in MR. HOLMES and THE DRESSER. He is also well known for his role as 'Magneto' in the X-MEN movies. The Olivier-winning, classically trained actor last starred on Broadway in NO MAN'S LAND and WAITING FOR GODOT opposite Patrick Stewart. Before that, he appeared in DANCE OF DEATH, IAN MCKELLEN: A KNIGHT OUT AT THE LYCEUM, WILD HONEY, IAN MCKELLEN: ACTING SHAKESPEARE, AMADEUS -- which earned him a Tony Award in 1981 -- and THE PROMISE. McKellen was a member of the Old Vic and has performed at the Chichester Festival, in the West End, and with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and more. 1991's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was an animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the traditional French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont,Beauty and the Beast is the 30th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Additionally, it is third in the Disney Renaissance period. Starring Paige O'Hara and Robby Benson, Beauty and the Beast focuses on the relationship between the Beast (Benson), a prince who is magically transformed into a monster as punishment for his arrogance, and Belle (O'Hara), a young woman who he imprisons in his castle. The film also features the voices of Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, and Angela Lansbury, who occupy supporting roles. The film was a box office success, and has since garnered over $424 million worldwide. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was nominated for several awards, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Beauty and the Beast became the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; it also received five additional Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Score, Best Sound, and three separate nominations for Best Original Song. Ultimately, the film won Best Original Score, while Best Original Song was awarded to its title song. In 2002, Beauty and the Beast was deemed 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant' by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In April 1994, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST became Disney's first animated film to be adapted into a Broadway musical. ' (more...)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins Cast of Disney's Live Action BEAUTY AND THE BEASTGugu Mbatha-Raw Joins Cast of Disney's Live Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Movies News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Jupiter Ascending) has signed on to the cast of Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming live action adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in the role of Plumette (more...)

Stage and Screen Vet Ian McKellen to Play 'Cogsworth' in Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST MovieStage and Screen Vet Ian McKellen to Play 'Cogsworth' in Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Variety reports that stage veteran and film star Ian McKellen has joined Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as 'Cogsworth'. (more...)

Cast of SIDE SHOW Returns to 54 Below to Launch Live Album, 5/11Cast of SIDE SHOW Returns to 54 Below to Launch Live Album, 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

This encore performance will launch the recording of the previous 54 Below shows - SIDE SHOW: ADDED ATTRACTIONS (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Totally Awesome Features Of Disney Musical Projects - FROZEN, BEAUTY, TANGLED, Etc.SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Totally Awesome Features Of Disney Musical Projects - FROZEN, BEAUTY, TANGLED, Etc.
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 8, 2015

What a renaissance - again! Although the period beginning with THE LITTLE MERMAID in 1989 through to the doubleheader of POCAHANTAS in 1995 and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME in 1996 and ending with MULAN in 1997 is considered by House Of Mouse superfans and many entertainment enthusiasts as the official Disney Renaissance era - meaning the company once again came to major prominence as a direct result of its animated musicals - it very much looks as if an entirely new type of Disney rebirth is in the process of occurring, spurred on by the worldwide success of the esteemed company's most successful animated feature to date, the highly theatrical and Broadway pedigreed FROZEN. Of course, in any way matching an era which in addition to MERMAID, POCAHANTAS, HUNCHBACK and MULAN shepherded BEAUTY & THE BEAST, ALADDIN and THE LION KING from inspiration to actuality would be a high order, if not outright impossible, yet it seems that the recent, current and upcoming spate of ingenuously timed and expertly devised projects that Disney possesses at the moment could put them in that stratospheric level of uber entity once again in the industry - and in the hearts and minds of millions around the world, as well. (more...)

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