Disney announces Beauty and the Beast live concert with Zooey Deschanel as Belle

I saw this info floating around yesterday and wanted to share! Here’s the scoop from Entertainment Weekly! ~M

The tale as old as time is being spun once again, this time as a live concert at the Hollywood Bowl with Zooey Deschanel playing Belle.

Beauty and the Beast Live in Concert is a special two-night event taking place this May, with an all-star cast assembled to perform the film’s classic tunes. That cast includes Zooey Deschanel as Belle, Kelsey Grammer as Lumiere, Taye Diggs as Gaston, Rebel Wilson as LeFou, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Jane Krakowski as Mrs. Potts, and The Voice alum Anthony Evans as Beast (singing “Evermore,” an original song from the live-action version of the film).

“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,” Grammer said in a statement about joining the concert experience. “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.”

The event follows Disney Concerts’ 2016 production of The Little Mermaid Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which featured Wilson as Ursula and Sara Bareilles as Ariel. Richard Kraft, who directed that concert and will return for Beauty and the Beast, said in a release, “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.”

Beauty and the Beast in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl will be performed on May 25 and May 26. Tickets will be available on this Friday, March 16, on Ticketmaster.

Thanks to EW for the scoop!

Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

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