Hollywood Bowl’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Concert has a Star-studded Cast
“We want our audience to be our guests.”
Disney fans reunite as the well-loved classic “Beauty and the Beast” is back, but in a different format—a concert. However, this concert is not any ordinary concert as there will also be a movie screening at the Hollywood Bowl. According to the press release, director Richard Kraft said it will mix, “film, live music, singers, dancers, digital projections, effects, and special guest artists,” in order to, “delivers something that can only be experienced live.” This means the all-star cast will perform live the Oscar- and Grammy-winning score while the film plays on the Bowl’s massive movie screen with accompaniment from a live orchestra. Moreover, Director Kraft said that “we want our audience to be our guests.”
Set to go live on May 25 and 26 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the performance will be headlined by Zooey Deschanel as Belle, Kelsey Grammer as Lumiere and Taye Diggs as Gaston. Moreover, the lineup will also include Rebel Wilson as Le Fou, Jane Krakowski as Mrs Potts and Anthony Evans as Beast.
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Kraft is known to have worked with other Disney classics that were given live concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, such as “The Little Mermaid in Concert”, wherein Wilson played Ursula. According to E News, Wilson will have a different approach for the preparation of her Le Fou role, saying she “will be mentally preparing for the role in France by eating croissants.”
Meanwhile, Deschanel also shared what’s on her mind during the announcement, saying the 1991 award-winning classic Disney movie is one of her favorites while growing up. She also said that being able to perform at the concert “is a dream come true.” Diggs, on the other hand, is “giddy with excitement at the opportunity to finally sing the role” of Gaston.
“I’ve seen the Broadway production more than once and have harbored jealousy of every actor who has ever played Gaston every time I’ve been in that theater. I’m giddy with excitement at the opportunity to finally sing the role,” Diggs said.
Meanwhile, Gammer said: “I love this film… Walking in the footsteps of such a brilliant cast is an honor; and as for singing the music of the incomparable Alan Menken — it goes without saying.”
Tickets for the “Beauty and the Beast” concert will be available on Friday, March 16 on Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Moreover, there will also be a family-friendly costume contest after the concert.
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