Phil Collins and Tina Turner brightened a traditionally dark Monday on Broadway last night (Oct. 20) as they performed at the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Brother Bear” in New York. The lavish affair was held at the New Amsterdam Theatre, home to Disney’s live “The Lion King” production six nights a week.
As the animated feature ended, an onstage screen rose into the rafters to reveal Collins and his nine-piece band, who launched into “No Way Out,” the first single from the “Brother Bear” soundtrack. Collins’ introduction of Turner, who retired from regular performing in 2000, brought the crowd — which included such luminaries as N.Y. Governor George Pataki and actors Michael Clarke Duncan and Estelle Harris — to its feet.
Turner performed the Collins-penned “Great Spirits,” the first song heard in the film, backed by his band and a chorus of seven singers. Collins returned to run through several more songs from the film, as well as covers of the Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” and the Beatles’ “Lady Madonna,” plus his hits “Easy Lover,” “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven,” “Two Hearts” and “Sussudio.”
As previously reported, Collins wrote songs and co-authored the score for “Brother Bear.” His wife Orianne, their son Nicholas and his daughter Lily accompanied him to the premiere and the party afterward at Roseland Ballroom.
The “Brother Bear” soundtrack (Walt Disney Records) is out today; the film opens Oct. 24 in New York and Los Angeles, and Nov. 1 in wide U.S. theatrical release.