Dame Angela Lansbury Sings ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATORY SCREENING
20 Sep 2016
Posted by Esti Berkowitz 2 Comments
I can still remember watching “Beauty and the Beast” with my baby niece and falling in love with the beloved animated classic. Well, I have been a fan of this Disney film ever since. Yesterday I was invited to attend the 25th anniversary celebration at Alice Tully Hall. I was even on site to see the original cast on the red carpet and on a panel addressing the audience.
I was in true star struck mode with the original cast of Robby Benson (voice of Beast), Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle), Angela Lansbury (voice of Mrs. Potts), Richard White (voice of Gaston), and Don Hahn (Producer).
Once we saw the movie, there was a great surprise and a true gift for all of us in the audience. Alan Menken, one of Disney’s most beloved composers (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”) started out with a variety of Disney classics. Shortly afterwards, Angela Lansbury joined him on stage and sang the most beautiful version of “Beauty and the Beast”. The audience was completely silent as the notes and lyrics trailed throughout the theater. I will never forget that performance.
“Beauty and the Beast” recently joined the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Sept. 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and on Sept. 20 on Blu-ray™ and DVD.
There is also a host of all-new bonus extras including a rare opportunity to gather around the piano with some of Disney’s greatest composers, including Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”), Stephen Schwartz (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Pocahontas”), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”), Robert Lopez (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Disney’s upcoming “Moana”) as they sing and share how they’ve personally been inspired by the film’s award-winning music; a look at how Walt Disney himself sought to adapt this famous fairytale; a nostalgic look back with Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle; behind-the- scenes access into the recording booth with the cast; and a sneak peek at Disney’s upcoming live-action re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast,” arriving in theaters in 2017. For more information, visit www.BeOurGuest.com and connect with them at www.Facebook.com/DisneyBeautyAndTheBeast.
Disclaimer: I was invited to attend this very special celebration. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.