Richard Gere and Cyndi Lauper Are Heard in New Animated Film "Henry & Me," Premiering Tonight

News   Richard Gere and Cyndi Lauper Are Heard in New Animated Film "Henry & Me," Premiering Tonight
Producer Joseph Avallone's animated feature film "Henry & Me" – a baseball-themed tale of a young cancer-stricken boy’s magical journey, featuring the voices of Richard Gere, Cyndi Lauper and Lucie Arnaz, amongst others – has its limited theatrical release Aug. 18.

Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

According to press notes, "'Henry & Me' tells the heart-warming story of Jack, an 11 year-old baseball fan who finds himself magically transported from his hospital bed to an amazing world where he meets Yankee legends old and new (including , Babe Ruth, Lefty Gomez, Thurman Munson and Mickey Mantle), and learns valuable lessons about baseball and the curveballs that life throws you."

The cast features Gere in the title role, Chazz Palminteri as Babe Ruth and Austin Williams as Jack. The film also stars Lauper, Danny Aiello, Paul Simon, Arnaz, Joseph Gian and Luis Guzman.

Hank Steinbrenner, the co-chairman of the Yankees organization, voices the role of his father, George Steinbrenner, and present and former New York Yankees figures portray themselves in the film: Hideki Matsui, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Bernie Williams, Goose Gossage, Willie Randolph, John Sterling, Michael Kay, Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman.

Henry & Me premieres at the Ziegfeld Theater (141 W. 54th Street). A worldwide DVD and digital launch will happen Sept. 9 as well as an exclusive deal with the New York Yankees to sell the film during home games at Yankee Stadium.

A portion of the proceeds from the DVD release and digital downloads go to benefit a wide array of charitable organizations, including Lauper's True Colors Fund, St. Jude's, the Lou Gehrig Society, and the Yankees Foundation, amongst many others.

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