by Casey Burchby
So, you want to be Angela Lansbury. In fact, you've always wanted to be Angela Lansbury -- and who doesn't share this modest yet unattainable dream? Hundreds of Lansbury wannabes (and their children) will be packing the Castro Theatre this week for Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Sing-Along Edition. This is the movie that re-vived Disney's tradition of excellence in animation, became the first animated film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, and spawned a musical that ran for 13 years on Broadway.
Featuring the voices of Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach, and the aforementioned Ms. Lansbury, as well as the Oscar-winning music of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, these screenings are hosted by Castro regulars Laurie Bushman and Sara Moore (who have hosted interactive screenings of Grease, Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music). The events include vocal warm-ups, goody bags, and cosplay. The film itself has been outfitted with on-screen lyrics for those who have not already memorized the words to "Be Our Guest," "Gaston," and, of course, that one about the mermaid.
Beauty and the Beast: The Sing-Along Edition at 7 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. The show runs March 27-April 5. Admission $10-$15. Call 621-6120 or visit castrotheatre.com.