Classic Musical ‘My Fair Lady’ Heading to 4K Ultra HD May 25

The classic musical My Fair Lady will debut on 4K Ultra HD combo pack May 25 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, My Fair Lady also won the Best Picture Golden Globe and was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

Adapted from the Broadway stage hit, the film stars Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, a role that earned him the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a sassy, working-class London street vendor. The elitist Higgins attempts to turn Eliza into a sophisticated lady through proper tutoring. But when the humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London society, her teacher has a lesson or two to learn himself.

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The 4K Ultra HD release features a recent 8K film transfer, as well as English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD. The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack also includes access to a digital copy of the film and more than two hours of previously released bonus content.

Children’s Musical ‘Lilly’s Light’ Debuts on TVOD March 2

FilmRise will release the children’s musical adventure Lilly’s Light: The Movie March 2 on TVOD for rental and purchase.

The film, which explores the challenges facing foster children and is based on the original TV program “Lilly’s Light” that premiered on PBS stations in 2010, stars Sherry Hursey (“Home Improvement,” Bring It On), and co-stars Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers” franchise, “iCarly”), Philece Sampler (“Stanley”) and Fred Willard (Best in ShowMascots).

Hursey portrays Lilly, a loving foster mom and the keeper of an enchanted lighthouse. With her spirited crew of kids, their exotic talking pets and zany friends, Lilly uses joy, love, laughter and song as her tools and shows everyone that life is full of possibilities. The adventure begins when two curious members of Lilly’s crew discover the Big Book of Little Adventures in the lighthouse basement. Messenger-pelican Pel Mel brings news that newly orphaned Daniel and his pot-bellied pig Oink need a home. As sisters Peaches (Sterling) and Dee (Sampler) snicker-bicker, Professor Crabbe perfects the Illiator. Will and Al Patchitt prepare for guests, while Lilly, the kids and Uncle Fitz take Daniel on a musical journey where they meet Sir Oinks a Lot, the Wizard of Hog (Willard). He discovers the secret of the lighthouse and how to turn the imaginary into a magical adventure. As the adventure ends, the story returns to present day in the lighthouse basement several years later to reunite the characters.

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The title includes song contributions by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-, Grammy-, and Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Steve Dorff.

The film recently won its second Kids First! Best Award from The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media.

Viewers can see a music video here.

Brandy TV Movie ‘Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ Coming to Disney+ Feb. 12

The 1997 TV movie Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, starring Brandy, will begin streaming exclusively on Disney+ Feb. 12.

With Brandy in the title role, the musical also stars Whitney Houston as the fairy godmother alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Victor Garber, Natalie Desselle Reid, Bernadette Peters, Paolo Montalban, Jason Alexander and Veanne Cox.

Originally premiering on Nov. 2, 1997, to 60 million viewers during “The Wonderful World of Disney” on ABC, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella earned seven Emmy Award nominations. The 1997 film features original songs by the iconic songwriting duo Rodgers & Hammerstein, including “Impossible,” “In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and “A Lovely Night.”

In Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, when Cinderella’s cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from her fairy godmother.

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The movie was directed by Robert Iscove, written by Robert I. Freedman, and choreographed by Rob Marshall.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will join the “Celebrate Black Stories” collection on Disney+ alongside Soul, Black Is King, Black Panther, Hidden Figures and other content.

FilmRise Picks Up Rights to Children’s Title ‘Lilly’s Light: The Movie’

AVOD streaming network and studio FilmRise has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the children’s musical adventure Lilly’s Light: The Movie.

The film stars Sherry Hursey (“Home Improvement,” Bring It On), and co-stars Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers” franchise, “iCarly”), Philece Sampler (“Stanley”) and Fred Willard (Best in Show, Mascots).

Hursey portrays Lilly, a loving foster mom and the keeper of an enchanted lighthouse. With her spirited crew of kids, their exotic talking pets and zany friends, Lilly uses joy, love, laughter and song as her tools and shows everyone that life is full of possibilities.

Lilly’s Light: The Movie is a great representation of FilmRise’s move into the children’s space,” FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said in a statement. “We are confident that this film will speak to parents and children looking for a unique program that promotes open minds and a world of possibilities.”

The title includes song contributions by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-, Grammy-, Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Steve Dorff, who has written nine No. 1 film songs and 15 Top 10 hits.

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FilmRise is teaming up with Gathr at Home for a nationwide virtual theatrical release of Lilly’s Light: The Movie, kicking off with an at home screening premiere event Nov. 21 to coincide with U.N. International Children’s Day celebrations. The virtual premiere includes a live post-screening event with performances and special appearances by the cast and crew, including the film’s star and producer Hursey, co-star Sterling, Gregory Paul Martin (A Walk in the Clouds, Memoirs of an Invisible Man), San Diego Circus Center’s Jean Luc Martin, Rick Cowling (musical composer, “Modern Family,” “Phineaus and Ferb”) and Jordyn Curet (“Life Hacks for Kids”) plus a Q&A with children’s programming consultant Dr. Gordon L. Berry, as well as a special musical performance by Loggins and Dorff. The film’s live and subsequent virtual theatrical screenings will also serve to raise awareness and funding for Lilly’s Fostering Hearts, a charity that raises awareness as to the needs of displaced, fostered and adoptable youth, Foster Care Counts and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Like, ‘Valley Girl’ Bows on Disc Oct. 6

Valley Girl, a musical romantic comedy adaptation of the 1983 film, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and MGM Oct. 6.

From MGM’s Orion Pictures and directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg, the film stars Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day, La La Land) as Julie Richman, Josh Whitehouse (The Knight Before Christmas) as Randy, Mae Whitman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as Jack, and Judy Greer (13 Going on 30, Ant-Man, 27 Dresses) as Diana.

Set to a new wave ’80s soundtrack, the film follows a pair of young lovers from different backgrounds defy their parents and friends to stay together.

The 1983 classic, directed by Martha Coolidge, starred Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman.

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HBO Max Greenlights ‘Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020’

WarnerMedia’s newly launched streaming service HBO Max has greenlighted Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020.

Laura Benanti (Photo by Jenny Anderson)

Inspired by Tony Award winning actress Laura Benanti’s (“Younger,” “Supergirl,” “Nashville,” and Broadway’s “My Fair Lady” and “She Loves Me”) online movement #SunshineSongs, in which she offered to be an audience for the students around the country whose spring musicals were canceled because of COVID-19, the show will give students the opportunity to sing and dance from the safety of their homes.

Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020 will explore themes of classic teen movies through the lens of a world turned upside down by the global pandemic. The cast, featuring a diverse group of student actors with compelling backstories, will play seniors from the same high school. While the pandemic may have shut down their school, the drama and romantic intrigue live on.

“As a mom of teenagers, I know that this time has been a struggle for them. High school seniors in particular have been hit hard by this pandemic, their dreams of homecoming, prom, spring performances and even graduation being cancelled,” Jennifer O’Connell, HBO Max EVP, original non-fiction and kids programming, said in a statement. “Laura’s brilliant idea to give these kids an audience and a platform has blossomed into this unique opportunity for us to not only celebrate their talent, but to entertain many other families across the country sharing their experience.”

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“Our school shows are more than just entertainment,” Benanti said in a statement. “At the very least, they bring our communities together to revel in the talent of our young artists. At their best, they are a life changing experience that these kids will bring with them into the rest of their lives. I am thrilled that the #SunshineSongs initiative has put the spotlight on so many incredible young performers; grateful to World of Wonder for its grand vision and to HBO Max for providing a global platform on which America’s youth can shine.”

Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020 is executive produced by Benanti along with Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell for World of Wonder Productions (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”). Leland (Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) will write and produce the original songs and score.

Subscriptions to HBO Max are $14.99 per month.

Horror Musical ‘Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire’ Due on DVD Nov. 12 From MVD

The 1987 horror musical Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire will come out on DVD Nov. 12 from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the Rocky Horror Picture Show-type film, up-and-coming cockney snooker player Billy accepts the challenge of a grudge match from Maxwell Randall (the Green Baize Vampire), six times world champion; the loser will never play professional snooker (a pool-like game) again. It all begins because Billy’s his manager, T.O. (The One), a compulsive gambler, falls into debt with psychopathic loan shark the Wednesday Man, who offers to cancel T.O’s debt if he can arrange a 17-frame grudge snooker match between Billy and the reigning world champion Randall. To ensure that both players will agree to the match, T.O hires a journalist to stir up trouble between them. She interviews Billy and the Vampire separately, asks them leading questions intended to elicit angry responses and provoke enmity, then prints the results.

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Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia) stars as Billy. The film is directed by Alan Clarke (Scum).

‘Freaky Friday: A New Musical’ Due on DVD Sept. 25 From Disney

Freaky Friday: A New Musical, which premieres on the Disney Channel Aug. 10, will come out on DVD Sept. 25 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Based on Disney Theatrical Productions’ stage adaptation of the novel by Mary Rodgers, the musical stars Cozi Zuehlsdorff as 16-year-old Ellie Blake and Heidi Blickenstaff as her uber-organized mom Katherine. Mother and daughter are constantly at odds. During a quarrel, they accidentally break the hourglass given to Ellie by her deceased father and magically switch bodies.

Bonus Material on the DVD includes blooper reels, deleted scenes and audition tapes for the two leads.