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John Legend and Ariana Grande sing Beauty and the Beast

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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!

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Billy Porter Sings His Heart Out In One Take With “Love The Pain Away”

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Tony and Grammy Award-winning, Billy Porter, released a new live music video recently! The Kinky Boots star and Broadway legend recorded a live version of his original song “Love the Pain away” as a part of Michael Korte’s One Take series. Now known as a Golden Globe nominee for his performance in FX’s ‘Pose,’ Porter wrote the song after the Columbine massacre.

The One Take series captures musical performances in a single take. In this performance, the uplifting number is backed by The Sanctuary Band and vocalists Lencia Kebede, India Carney, and Eric Lyn. This SANGIN’ group of vocalists give a chilling and beautiful performance of the song.

Porter built his career in the theatre and is known for his work in musicals Kinky BootsShuffle Along, and Grease. However, he is no stranger to the music industry. He has four full albums available for streaming now on all music streaming platforms; spanning from classic Rodger and Hammerstein to his original music.

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Shoshana Bean Pays Tribute To Black Theatre Classics

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Photo via Youtube video by Broadway Cruise

The amazingly talented Shoshana Bean mostly known for her time on the Broadway stage as Elphaba (Wicked), took the time to include a medley of songs written for roles she will never play. Among those titles are some genuine classics including, Sarah Brown Eyes (Ragtime), Be a Lion (The Wiz) and Easy as Life (Aida). Her voice carries this group of songs so well. Watch the video to see the performance in its entirety with several other musical selections. The footage filmed during her time on the Broadway Cruise, Seth Rudetsky is on piano.

 

Originally Published: Dec 21, 2012

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