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Date of Birth: January 21, 1956 (60)
Birth Place: Dallas, TX, USA
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Exclusive Interview: Angela Lansbury Talks Singing 'Beauty & the Beast' Again & MoreExclusive Interview: Angela Lansbury Talks Singing 'Beauty & the Beast' Again & More
by Richard Ridge - Sep 21, 2016

After a special evening, where Lansbury performed the titular classic 'Beauty and the Beast' with Alan Menken accompanying her on the piano, she sat down with BroadwayWorld to chat about the impact of the film.  (more...)

BWW TV: Be Our Guest! Chatting with the Team Behind BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Its 25th AnniversaryBWW TV: Be Our Guest! Chatting with the Team Behind BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Its 25th Anniversary
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 20, 2016

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of 'Beauty and the Beast,' Walt Disney Studios and the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented an exclusive screening of the beloved animated classic at Alice Tully Hall. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you interviews with original stars Angela Lansbury, Paige O'Hara and more, composer Alan Menken, and fellow musical theatre writers Stephen Schwartz, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez! (more...)

VIDEO: Robbie Benson, Paige O'Hara & More Recite Favorite BEAUTY AND THE BEAST LinesVIDEO: Robbie Benson, Paige O'Hara & More Recite Favorite BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Lines
by Movies News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

In a new video shared on USA TODAY, original BEAUTY AND THE BEAST voice cast members Robby Benson (Beast), Paige O'Hara (Belle) and Richard White (Gaston) shared some of their favorite lines from the animated movie! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Wishing a Happy 25th Anniversary to BEAUTY AND THE BEASTPhoto Coverage: Wishing a Happy 25th Anniversary to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 19, 2016

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of 'Beauty and the Beast,' The Walt Disney Studios and the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented an exclusive screening of the beloved animated classic at Alice Tully Hall. It was here, in September 1991, that a work-in-progress version of 'Beauty and the Beast' was first screened at the New York Film Festival -- and received a standing ovation. This 'tale as old as time' went on to break ground as the first animated feature film to receive an Academy Award® nomination, and twenty-five years later audiences of all ages continue to fall in love with this enchanting tale, its captivating characters and unforgettable, award-winning music score and original song, 'Beauty and the Beast.' (more...)

VIDEO: Angela Lansbury Performs at BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25th Anniversary CelebrationVIDEO: Angela Lansbury Performs at BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25th Anniversary Celebration
by Movies News Desk - Sep 18, 2016

Tonight, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Disney presented a 25th anniversary screening of Disney's award-winning animated film BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Below, watch video of legendary actress Lansbury performing the film's title song at the event, accompanied by the song's composer, Alan Menken. (more...)

Scoop: TODAY 9/19 - 9/30 on NBCScoop: TODAY 9/19 - 9/30 on NBC
by TV Scoop - Sep 16, 2016

Get all the scoop on TODAY 9/19 - 9/30, airing on NBC (more...)

VIDEO: Miranda, Menken, Schwartz & Lopez Pay Tribute to Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEASTVIDEO: Miranda, Menken, Schwartz & Lopez Pay Tribute to Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by TV News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

On this morning's GMA, Award winning composers Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Robert and Kristine-Anderson Lopez celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and reflected on the impact of the timeless animated movie. (more...)

Scoop: TODAY 9/12 - 9/23 on NBCScoop: TODAY 9/12 - 9/23 on NBC
by TV Scoop - Sep 9, 2016

Get all the scoop on TODAY 9/12 - 9/23, airing on NBC (more...)

BWW Interview: John Copeland on What Anita Bryant Did & Has Done for Him LatelyBWW Interview: John Copeland on What Anita Bryant Did & Has Done for Him Lately
by Gil Kaan - Aug 25, 2016

Playwright/actor John Copeland's latest theatrical project ANITA BRYANT'S PLAYBOY INTERVIEW recounts a specific incident in the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction saga of the former Miss Oklahoma and runner-up to Miss America whose 'Save Our Children' campaign fought to repeal gay rights in Dale County, Florida in 1977.  (more...)

Original Stars Paige O'Hara, Angela Lansbury and More Slated for 25th Anniversary Screening of BEAUTY AND THE BEASTOriginal Stars Paige O'Hara, Angela Lansbury and More Slated for 25th Anniversary Screening of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Disney have announced a 25th anniversary screening of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, presented Sunday, September 18 at Alice Tully Hall. (more...)

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury & More Reunite for BEAUTY & THE BEAST 25th AnniversaryPhoto Flash: Angela Lansbury & More Reunite for BEAUTY & THE BEAST 25th Anniversary
by BWW Special Coverage - May 10, 2016

Actresses Angela Lansbury, Paige O'Hara, Jo Anne Worley and more attended the Academy's 25th Anniversary Screening of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A Marc Davis Celebration of Animation at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on May 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (more...)

Angela Lansbury, Paige O'Hara & More Set for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25th Anniversary CelebrationAngela Lansbury, Paige O'Hara & More Set for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25th Anniversary Celebration
by TV News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The 25TH Anniversary of the animated feature film BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will be celebrated by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday, May 9th at 7:30 pm PDT at Beverly Hills' Samuel Goldwyn Theater. (more...)

Andrea Canny to Open The Abbey's Monday Night Cabaret Series, 10/5Andrea Canny to Open The Abbey's Monday Night Cabaret Series, 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2015

Andrea Canny will kick off the Monday Night Cabaret Series at The Abbey October 5 at 8 p.m. with What a Difference a Year Makes! sharing songs and stories of the journey of healing a broken ankle, a broken heart and allowing her future to begin. (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...)

Karla DeVito Joins Jordan, Foley & More In TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN At 54 Below, 5/5Karla DeVito Joins Jordan, Foley & More In TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN At 54 Below, 5/5
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 21, 2015

Legendary Grammy Award-winning songwriter and performer, internationally recognized theatrical rock pioneer Jim Steinman, will be celebrated in a new 54 Below show honoring his multiple #1 songs and albums at 54 Below next month, titled TOTAL ECLIPSE: THE MUSIC OF JIM STEINMAN, with the starry cast of the evening announced earlier this month, and famed Meat Loaf tour star and Steinman interpreter Karla DeVito joins the epic line-up this week. (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...)

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...)

Scoop: THE VIEW on ABC - Week of April 6, 2015Scoop: THE VIEW on ABC - Week of April 6, 2015
by TV Scoop - Apr 6, 2015

Get all the scoop on THE VIEW, airing on ABC for the week of April 6, 2015! (more...)

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