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Disney Posts Updates From Set Of BEAUTY & THE BEAST Live Action Remake On SnapchatDisney Posts Updates From Set Of BEAUTY & THE BEAST Live Action Remake On Snapchat
by Pat Cerasaro - May 27, 2015

BEAUTY & THE BEAST on Snapchat! (more...)

Renowned Beauty and Fashion Photographer James Houston Announces Agreement to Provide Access to Limited Edition Prints for Sale on nousDECOR.comRenowned Beauty and Fashion Photographer James Houston Announces Agreement to Provide Access to Limited Edition Prints for Sale on nousDECOR.com
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

James Houston Design, the company behind world-renowned, New York-based beauty and fashion photographer James Houston, announced today an agreement with online interior design and home décor platform nousDECOR that enables members of the nousDECOR community to access limited edition prints available for purchase via his online gallery at http://www.nousdecor.com/product/james-houston. (more...)

Sir Tim Rice Talks New Songs For BEAUTY & THE BEAST Live Action RemakeSir Tim Rice Talks New Songs For BEAUTY & THE BEAST Live Action Remake
by Pat Cerasaro - May 18, 2015

BEAUTY & THE BEAST is coming to the big screen again in a whole new way, with brand new songs! (more...)

Musical Adaptation of 'DUDDY KRAVITZ' Begins Next Month at Segal CentreMusical Adaptation of 'DUDDY KRAVITZ' Begins Next Month at Segal Centre
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

The Segal Centre will close its blockbuster 2014-2015 Theatre Season with The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz: The Musical, a world premiere musical adaptation of Mordecai Richler's novel and the feature film by the same name, from June 7-28, 2015. This new production boasts an original musical score by Alan Menken, the legendary Oscar and Tony winning composer of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, with book and lyrics by acclaimed lyricist-librettist David Spencer and direction by American theatre veteran Austin Pendleton. Presented with the generous support of RBC and Muse Entertainment. (more...)

BWW Interview: Central Florida Native Brent Wakelin Dishes About Enchanted Object Life in BEAUTY AND THE BEASTBWW Interview: Central Florida Native Brent Wakelin Dishes About Enchanted Object Life in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Kimberly Moy - May 8, 2015

Brent Wakelin is a Central Florida native and UCF graduate who is currently on tour in the ensemble with this production. Brent took a few moments between shows to answer a few of our questions. (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...)

STAGE TUBE: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Finds Lumiere- Listen to Ewan McGregor Sing!STAGE TUBE: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Finds Lumiere- Listen to Ewan McGregor Sing!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

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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...)

Audra McDonald, Bradley Cooper Among Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World; Full List!Audra McDonald, Bradley Cooper Among Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World; Full List!
by TV News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

TIME reveals the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue features five separate covers, each featuring a member of the TIME 100: Kanye West, Misty Copeland, Bradley Cooper, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Jorge Ramos. (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...)

Sir Tim Rice Comments On BEAUTY & THE BEAST Live Action Remake & Teases New SongsSir Tim Rice Comments On BEAUTY & THE BEAST Live Action Remake & Teases New Songs
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 14, 2015

BEAUTY & THE BEAST is coming to the big screen again in a whole new way, with brand new songs! (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...)

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...)

Tale As Old As Time- BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie Company Takes Shape; Meet the Cast!Tale As Old As Time- BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie Company Takes Shape; Meet the Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

There is still some casting that is yet to be announced, but much of the cast has now signed on to take part in the much-anticipated film. Below, get to know the company and the roles that they will be playing! (more...)

Breaking News: Audra McDonald in Talks to Join Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie!Breaking News: Audra McDonald in Talks to Join Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

This just in! According to the Hollywood Reporter, Audra McDonald is in final talks to join the cast of Disney's upcoming remake of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The six-time Tony winner will take on the role of 'Garderobe,' the wardrobe. (more...)

Shailene Woodley to Receive 'MTV Trailblazer Award' at 2015 MTV MOVIE AWARDSShailene Woodley to Receive 'MTV Trailblazer Award' at 2015 MTV MOVIE AWARDS
by Movies News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

MTV today announced that award-winning actress and young Hollywood sensation Shailene Woodley will receive the fourth annual "MTV Trailblazer Award" during the LIVE telecast of the 2015 "MTV Movie Awards" (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 18th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 18th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 18, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'The Sound Of Music,' 'Empire' and 'Glee' stir up this week's TVs, 'First Wives Club,' 'Beauty And The Beast,' 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and 'First Date' claim their respective audiences,' Kokandy has more than 'The Full Monty,' Columbia's 'Oklahoma!,' lots at the Skokie Theatre and my upcoming busy weekend! (more...)

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