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Disney+ Original Movie ‘World’s Best’ New York VIP Screening Photos

Photos from the Gold House VIP New York City Screening of the Disney+ Original Movie “World’s Best,” an all-new hip-hop musical comedy adventure, produced by the director of “Hamilton,” are available now. Attendees from the film included co-writer/co-executive producer/star Utkarsh Ambudkar and stars Manny Mangus, Max Malas, Piper Wallace and Dorian Giordano, producer Kate Sullivan, co-producer Kelly Applegate, co-writer Jamie King, composers Raashi Kulkarni and Jongnic Bontemps, editor Jonah Moran, costume designer Michelle Lyte and Disney production executive Allison Erlikhman. 

The film, co-written, co-executive produced and starring Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Ghosts,” “Free Guy”), who co-wrote the film’s original songs, and directed by radiation oncologist turned filmmaker Roshan Sethi (“7 Days”), will stream exclusively on Disney+ beginning June 23.

Joining Ambudkar in the film are newcomer Manny Magnus, Punam Patel, Jake Choi, Max Malas, Piper Wallace, Kayla Njeri, Dorian Giordano, Kathryn Greenwood, Christopher Jackson and Doug E. Fresh. “World’s Best” was written by Jamie King & Ambudkar, with original songs by Ambudkar and Charlie Wilder. Produced by Thomas Kail, who directed the Broadway smash “Hamilton” and produced and directed the 2020 film version, and Kate Sullivan, the film reunites Kail and Ambudkar who first collaborated as director and performer, respectively, of the improvisational hip-hop comedy musical group Freestyle Love Supreme.  Terry Gould and Ambudkar serve as the film’s executive producers.

Check out some photos from the event below:

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Doug E. Fresh performs onstage during the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Manny Magnus and Utkarsh Ambudkar perform onstage during the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Manny Magnus performs onstage during the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Manny Magnus and Utkarsh Ambudkar perform onstage during the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Manny Magnus attends the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Max Malas and Nicol Malas attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Manny Magnus (L) attends the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Kate Sullivan and Chris Sullivan attends the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: (L-R) Manny Magnus, Max Malas and Thomas Kail attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Thomas Kail and Christopher Jackson attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Manny Magnus and Utkarsh Ambudkar attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Utkarsh Ambudkar and Thomas Kail attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: (L-R) Raashi Kulkarni, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Jongnic Bontemps attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: (L-R) Manny Magnus, Max Malas and Piper Wallace attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Liam Wignall attends the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Raashi Kulkarni and Jongnic Bontemps attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Piper Wallace attends the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: (L-R) Chris Sullivan, Ileana Ferreras, Alex Lacamoire, Kate Sullivan and Andrew Bancroft attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: (L-R) Manny Magnus, Liam Wignall and Max Malas attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Manny Magnus and Michelle Lyte attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Manny Magnus attends the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Andrew Bancroft and Chris Sullivan attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Utkarsh Ambudkar attends the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Manny Magnus and Utkarsh Ambudkar attend the World’s Best special screening at Live Nation on June 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Disney)

In “World’s Best,” 12-year-old mathematics genius Prem Patel (Magnus), in the midst of navigating the tumultuous hardships of adolescence, discovers his recently deceased father was a famous rapper and immediately sets out to pursue a career for himself as a rap superstar. While his actions may appear reckless and the quickest way for him to lose everything, Prem, empowered by imaginative hip-hop music-fueled fantasies where he performs with his father (Ambudkar), is determined to find out if hip-hop truly is in his DNA. As his father always used to say, “the world’s best never rest.”

Ambudkar’s additional film credits include “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” “Blindspotting” and “Pitch Perfect.” A rapper and creative force from a young age, Ambudkar was an original member of The Beatards, a NYC-based underground hip-hop group that performed alongside acts like Santigold, Azealia Banks, G-Easy, Public Enemy, Questlove and more. His work with the Beatards eventually helped Ambudkar land “Pitch Perfect.” Originating the role of Aaron Burr in the developmental readings of “Hamilton,” Ambudkar later reunited with Lin-Manuel Miranda as part of the improvisational rap group Freestyle Love Supreme, which garnered a special Tony® Award in 2021. “Vanity,” Ambudkar’s debut album as a solo artist, dropped in 2019 and was quickly followed by “Petty.” In 2020, he released “The Misfits EP” and single “Self Respect.”

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