Zooey Deschanel, Rebel Wilson, Taye Diggs Lead Cast for 'Beauty and the Beast' Live at Hollywood Bowl
Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast will come to the stage with an all-star cast on May 25 and 26 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, headlined by Zooey Deschanel as Belle, Kelsey Grammer singing "Be Our Guest" as Lumiere and Taye Diggs as Gaston. The cast will also feature Rebel Wilson singing the role of LeFou, Jane Krakowski crooning the title song as Mrs. Potts and Anthony Evans as Beast singing "Evermore."
The actors will be taking on the Oscar- and Grammy-winning score while the film plays on the Bowl's massive movie screen with accompaniment from a live orchestra. Tickets go on sale on March 16 at 10 a.m. PT here. In addition to the film, live scenery will be projected onto the facade of the iconic Bowl, and there will also be a family-friendly costume contest and unique photo ops.
"Performing 'Beauty and the Beast,' one of my favorite movies growing up, in a special concert at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, is a dream come true," Deschanel said in a press release announcing the performances. "I am looking forward to what I'm sure will be a magical event."
"I love this film, I love Alan Menken and I loved Jerry Orbach -- the title song, as sung by Angela Lansbury, makes me cry to this day," added TV sitcom veteran Grammer. "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."
Concert director Richard Kraft -- who previously led live-to-film shows of The Little Mermaid and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the Bowl -- said the cast for Beast is "nothing less than enchanting... Like our celebration of Disney's The Little Mermaid in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, we are mixing film, live music, singers, dancers, digital projections, effects, and special guest artists to create an event that pays homage to the original movie but also delivers something that can only be experienced live. Our creative mantra for this show has been: 'We want our audience to be our guests. We have filled up the event course by course, one by one, 'til they shout, enough I'm done!'"
Conductor Michael Kosarin will conduct a full orchestra and choir, which will perform the film's full score, joined by 16 year-old pianist Emily Bear, performing the 1948 Disney short "Bumble Boogie" live-to-film.