If the new Beauty & the Beast wasn’t on your radar before, go ‘head and lock in March 17, 2017 because Queen Audra is opening the show.
Broadway royalty Audra McDonald will be playing the role of the lively wardrobe, Madame De Garderobe and according to composer Alan Menken, will have a special moment in one of the three new songs written for the highly anticipated production.
“It’s a moment within the prologue, just before the spell befalls the castle,” noted Menken. “We’re actually at an event at the Prince’s castle, where the Prince is about to be turned into the Beast, and he’s in his very selfish and self-indulgent phase of his life, and we see that, and we have the magnificent Audra McDonald singing this number.”
McDonald is one major part of a star-studded cast including Broadway vets Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Josh Gad and Kevin Kline.
The tale is being brought to life under the direction of Dreamgirls and Chicago film director Bill Condon, so we know we’re in for a good thing!
Check out the trailer below and be sure not to be on CP time on March 17 so you can get ALL the life Mama McDonald has to give.
HBO Releases Trailer for Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, April 22nd Premiere Date
Broadway’s greats have gathered to bring the legacy of Henrietta Lacks to HBO. Her life began in 1920 in Roanoke, VA, but her legacy lives on today. In January of 1951, she received a diagnosis of cervical cancer, which would be one of the important moments in medical history–and one of the most invasive.
Henrietta died in 1951 when the tumor spread throughout her body. During Henrietta’s treatment and diagnosis, her cells were taken without her consent or knowledge; her physicians would go on to use her cells for medical advancement. Twenty-four years passed until Lacks’ family became aware of this injustice.
In 2010, Oprah Winfrey confirmed development of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks into an HBO film. Filming began in 2016, and at long last, HBO has finally released a trailer!
The trailer features Broadway producer Winfrey as Lacks’ daughter, Deborah Lacks. The trailer feels as intense as Lacks’ story. Hamilton’s Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry plays the role of Henrietta. Even in the trailer, their connection seems palpable; Henrietta died when Deborah was just two and the trailer shows Deborah’s desperate pursuit for her mother’s memory.
The cast also features performances by Reg E. Cathey (The Shawshank Redemption), Adriane Lenox (Doubt: The Parable), and Courtney B. Vance (The People v. OJ Simpson, Lucky Guy), Leslie Uggams (Deadpool, Hallelujah, Baby!), and Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Seven Guitars, Jitney). Shuffle Along’s George C. Wolfe directs from his screenplay adaptation of the novel.
The movie airs on HBO on April 22.
WATCH: Cynthia Erivo & Joshua Henry in The Last 5 Years
Last night was something like spectacular. Two of our favorite Broadway stars gave us a performance of a lifetime. Cynthia Erivo & Joshua Henry performed a concert version of one of every Broadway fans favorites, The Last 5 Years. We were privileged to be in attendance last night and will have more on the entire experience shortly but until we can find the words here is a taste of two numbers from last night’s show. The score is just so beautiful and to have it sung by two of Broadway Black’s extraordinary talents is, quite simply, a dream come true.
The performance was a benefit concert for The Brady Center , which is an organization committed to cutting gun-related homicide in half by 2025. This is a cause the show’s composer and director, Jason Robert Brown, is passionate about.
Watch the musical numbers “Still Hurting” and “Moving Too Fast” perfomed by Erivo & Henry below. Comment & tell us what you think!
BONUS CLIP: Cynthia Erivo singing “I Can Do Better Than That”
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