David Alan Grier joins the cast of ABC’s “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration”.
According to sources, Tony winner Cogsworth will star in the star-studded production. Previously announced cast members include Oscar winner HER as Belle, Josh Groban as Beast and Joshua Henry as Gaston. Rita Moreno will be the narrator of the show in the live-action/animated hybrid production.
Directed by Hamish Hamilton, the special will be recorded live and will feature never-before-seen musical performances. Jamal Sims is an executive producer and choreographer. Set design is by Julio Himede with costumes by Marina Toybina (“The Masked Singer”).
Jon M. Chu will produce the special. “When the animated film came out, I watched it multiple times in its first weekend,” Chu said when the project was announced in April. “It showed me the very limits of what animated artists and storytellers could achieve, so the fact that I get to executive produce to pay tribute to all the creatives who created this masterpiece through our Electric Somewhere company is a dream I never even thought existed. possible.”
“Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration” is produced by Done+Dusted in association with Walt Disney Television Alternative and Electric Somewhere.
Hamilton is also an executive producer alongside Chu, Caitlin Foito, Raj Kapoor, Richard Kraft and Katy Mullan.
The special will premiere on ABC on December 15 and stream on Disney+ the following day.
The 1991 musical film was the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. It took home Academy Awards for the original score and the original song for the title song.
Grier is led by Activist Artists Management and is represented by the Innovative Artists Agency and law firm Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.