Disney Legend Paige O’Hara, Richard White and Disney Legend Alan Menken will cameo in “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration.” Presented by The Wonderful World of Disney, the two-hour reimagining of the beloved story of “Beauty and the Beast” will be taped in front of a live audience at Disney Studios and will air THURSDAY, DEC. 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC and on Disney+ the next day.
O’Hara and White voiced Belle and Gaston, respectively in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 1991 animated feature film Beauty and the Beast. In “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration,” O’Hara will play a librarian, while White will play a baker. The two stars will appear in the opening number, “Belle.” Also, Disney Legend Alan Menken, composer of the original animated film, will make a fun cameo in “Belle.” Look for him playing piano on the song!
You can see some first-look images from the special below:
Five-time GRAMMY and Academy Award®-winning singer-songwriter H.E.R. will play the role of Belle; Tony, Emmy and GRAMMY-nominated artist Josh Groban will play The Beast; Tony and GRAMMY-nominated star Joshua Henry will play Gaston; and EGOT winner and legend Rita Moreno will serve as the night’s narrator. Jon M. Chu will executive produce the special and Hamish Hamilton is set to direct, taking viewers on a memorable journey through the classic enchanted tale.
Celebrated comedian and Emmy® Award-winning actor Martin Short will play Lumière; Tony® Award winner David Alan Grier will play Cogsworth; Rizwan Manji joins the cast as Gaston’s loyal sidekick, LeFou; and Jon Jon Briones will play Belle’s loving father, Maurice. Viewers are also in for a major treat as five-time GRAMMY Award® winner and top-selling female country pop artist Shania Twain is joined by rising star Leo Abelo Perry, playing everyone’s favorite mother-son duo, Mrs. Potts and Chip.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of when Disney Animation’s “Beauty and the Beast” became the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The film went on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, while the theme song “Beauty and the Beast” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1992.
“Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration” is produced by Done+Dusted in association with Walt Disney Television Alternative and Electric Somewhere. Executive producers are Jon M. Chu, Caitlin Foito, Hamish Hamilton, Raj Kapoor, Richard Kraft and Katy Mullan. Hamish Hamilton will serve as director. H.E.R. serves as a producer.