FIRST LOOK: Trailer for Howard – documentary about lyricist Howard Ashman

Howard Ashman documentary

We are pleased to brings you this first look preview at Don Hahn’s new documentary about the late lyricist Howard Ashman. Ashman and composer Alan Menken worked together on Little Shop Of Horrors, God Bless You Mr Rosewater and helped to revive Disney’s animation division with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Ashman, who was openly gay, died of complications from AIDS eight months prior to the theatrical release of Beauty and the Beast in 1991. Documentary and film producer Don Hahn worked as producer on The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. His previous documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty chronicles the period at Disney where Ashman and Menken helped to reinvigorate Disney animation. No release date for Howard has been announced as yet.

REVIEW: A Bronx Tale, Original Broadway Cast Recording ✭✭✭✭

A Bronx Tale Cast Recording Review

A Bronx Tale Original Broadway Cast Recording Ghostlight Records 4 Stars Buy A Copy A Bronx Tale is a new Broadway musical with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Based on the one man show and later film of the same name that was devised by Chazz Palminteri. It’s great to see Alan Menken return to Broadway with a non-Disney based show. Menken’s ability to channel the musical stylings of the period for which he is writing is perhaps his greatest strength and in A Bronx Tale you are effortlessly transported back in time through the brassy, sax driven pulse of the sixties. A Bronx Tale is the story of a young boy from a working-class family growing up in a neighbourhood dominated by organised crime. Befriending the local mob boss as a young boy, Calogero grows up in the middle of his father ( a bus … Read more

Disney’s Newsies To Hit Cinema Screens At End February 2017

Disney Newsies on Cinema Screens across the UK

Following it’s Tony Award-winning run on Broadway and a cross country US Tour, the Disney musical Newsies will be presented in cinemas across the UK from Sunday 19 February in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ Newsies is set in New York City at the turn of the century and tells the tale of newsboy Jack Kelly, a charismatic and rebellious leader of a group of “newsies” who dreams of a life far from the hardship of the streets. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies his army of newsies to strike. Newsies is based on the 1992 film that starred Christian Bale, Newsies – The Broadway Musical features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) … Read more

Alan Menken’s Christmas Carol Comes To Lost Theatre

Lost Theatre presents A Christmas Carol The Musical

This Christmas LOST Theatre will present a very Broadway take on a classic festive tale as Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol – The Musical, from the Broadway team of Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid), Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) and Mike Ockrent (Crazy For You, Me and My Girl). Follow Scrooge on his journey with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as he searches for the true meaning of Christmas in this classic transfixing journey. Suitable for all the family, this energetic and fun musical is the perfect feel good theatre show. A Christmas Carol – The Musical is co-directed by Mark Magill and Martin John Bristow with musical direction by Randy Smartnick. Cast includes Piers Graham, Katrina Winters, Rebecca Westberry, Jessica Finn, Rachel Dobell, Michal Horowicz and Natalie Morgan. A Christmas Carol – The Musical will be presented at LOST Theatre from 19 – 31 … Read more

New Trailer Released For Live Action Beauty And The Beast

Live action Beauty And The Beast starring Emma Watson

We are pleased to bring you this great new trailer for the live-action movie version of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. Whilst not officially theatre, the new film features some of the best musical theatre talent from the West End and Broadway. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods And Monsters) and with a stellar cast that includes Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Kevin Klein, Josh Gad and the voices of Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci, Disney’s Beauty And The Beast looks set to be the musical film release of 2017. This trailer is already melting servers all over the world with over 127 million people already having viewed it. Let us know your thoughts.

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