Patrick Stewart gets birthday tune at Comic-Con

July 24, 2011
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Actress Megan Hilty sings happy birthday to actor Patrick Stewart, left, at a panel for the movie "Dorothy of Oz" at Comic-Con International 2011 convention on Saturday, July 23, 2011, in San Diego. The annual comic book and popular arts convention attracts over 100,000 people and runs through Sunday, July 24. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Comic-Con fans have boldly gone into singing mode to wish Patrick Stewart a happy birthday.

About 6,000 people in the main hall at the fan convention Saturday sang "Happy Birthday" to Stewart during a preview panel for the animated musical "Dorothy of Oz."

Stewart provides the voice of a wizened 900-year-old tree in the movie, though in real life, he turned 71 on July 13.

Voice co-star Megan Hilty, a Broadway singer whose credits include the Oz musical "Wicked," led the crowd in the song for Stewart, an idol among Comic-Con fans for his roles in "Star Trek" and "X-Men."

Due in theaters next summer, "Dorothy of Oz" features "Glee" star Lea Michele providing the voice of the Kansas girl who journeys to a colorful fantasy world.

Other voice stars include Dan Aykroyd as the Scarecrow, Kelsey Grammer as the Tin Man, James Belushi as the Lion and Martin Short as the villainous Jester.