In a few short days, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will return to the big screen. The live-action remake has been the topic of conversation for some weeks now. Disney’s been the talk of the town, from the uproar in response to having an openly gay character to having to, yet again, defend and define feminism. We’d like to step away from the talking points surrounding Beauty and the Beast and focus on the music.
With every great Disney movie release comes great music. Lion King gave us “The Circle of Life” and Princess and the Frog gave us “Almost There”…right before they made the first black Disney princess a frog the whole movie, but no matter. Before the movies March 17th release, Disney released a new version of the movie’s theme, cleverly titled “Beauty and the Beast”. The movie’s titular song was released March 4th with a moving performance by singers by John Legend and Ariana Grande.
Legend has been inching closer and closer to Broadway, having produced the 2017 premiere of August Wilson’s Jitney and scoring musical films within the past couple years. Grande is no stranger to Broadway, before making her way to TV and pop music, she originated the role of Charlotte in 13 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, she also played Penny Pingleton in Hairspray Live!
Both musicians give an enchanting performance that captures the spirit of this classic tale. In the music video’s short four minutes, we are welcomed into the fantastical Beast’s castle and lulled through Belle and the Beast’s waltz by Legend and Grande’s flawless falsetto. The story’s most precious characters make appearances throughout the song and we are even guided through the video by the tale’s infamous rose. Disney really put their foot in this one!
What are your favorite Disney classics and who are you most excited to see in the remake? You all know my answer, Audra McDonald through and through! Leave your comments below!
Dreamgirls + Drake = #DREAMY4DRAKE Starring B. Slade & More!
Broadway YouTuber Michael Korte is back with #DREAMY4DRAKE a brilliantly soulful mashup of songs from Dreamgirls mashed with Drake’s top hits. The video is the newest in his mashup series which futures previous creations #HAM4BEY, #GAGA4RENT & #PURPLE4PRINCE.
These arrangements are sick and include one of the sickest versions of Family ever & B. Slade singing a creative “And I Am Telling You.’ You have to watch the entire video all the way thru. The video features over 55 Drake songs and everyone’s favorite’s from Broadway’s Dreamgirls!
The video features vocalists B.Slade, Danielle Withers, Chrystian Lehr, Mariah Maxwell, Lanita Smith & Mark Joseph
#DREAMY4DRAKE was arranged by Jared Jenkins and filmed by Baxter Stapleton.
New Songs For A New World Cast Album Released with Mykal Kilgore, Shoshana Bean, & More
There’s “A new world louder every moment,” and it’s the new Songs for a New World cast recording! On, January 25, 2019, Ghostlight Records released the new album featuring the cast from its 2018 Encores! Off-Center presentation.
If you had the chance to preorder the record you were able to have access to an immediate download of “King of the World” and “Surabaya-Santa” by Mykal Kilgore and Shoshana Bean respectively.
The cast recording features Solea Pfeifer, Colin Donnell, Shoshana Bean, and Mykal Kilgore singing all the classics you love from the original Off-Broadway cast recording. Songs for a New World received a digital and two-disc CD set release, and it came right on time.
The first produced work by Jason Robert Brown being re-recorded with new orchestrations and new voices is not to be slept on. The Encores! production was directed by Kate Whoriskey with music direction by Tom Murray and choreography by Rennie Harris.
Watch the video of Mykal Kilgore in the studio recording the fan favorite “King of the World” above and get into the entire recording via iTunes below.