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David Alan Grier joins Beauty and the Beast ABC TV special
in the heights and Evil Film director Jon M. Chu will direct the live-action hybrid animated version of the Howard Ashman-Alan Menken musical.
According to a report in Variety, ABC’s upcoming hybrid-animated live-action presentation from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has found his Cogsworth: Tony winner David Alan Grier. Slated to premiere December 15 on ABC and begin streaming on Disney+ December 16, the event is expected to be similar to 2019 The little mermaid liveswhich combined scenes from the 1989 animated film with staged live performances.
Grier joins the previously announced Josh Groban as the titular Beast, alongside R&B superstar HER as Belle, Current In the forest Star Joshua Henry as the sneaky Gaston and EGOT winner Rita Moreno as the narrator of the evening. Jon M. Chu, film director of in the the heights and Evilwill run the special, and Hamish Hamilton (The little mermaid lives, The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards) will direct. Other casts are yet to be announced.
Stage and screen star Grier’s Broadway credits include dream girl, Something funny happened on the way to the forum, raceand Porgy and bess. Grier won a Tony Award in 2020 for his performance in A soldier gameand he previously starred as The Lion on NBC’s live show of The Wizard. Grier will return to the big screen in 2023 as Reverend Avery in Broadway’s musical adaptation The colour purple.
With a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and a score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991 and was famously described by New York Times theater critic Frank Rich as “the best Broadway soundtrack” of the year, despite being a film. Based on the classic fairy tale, the work would make its way onto the stage as Disney’s first Broadway appearance in 1994 and become a smash hit by 2007. The work continued to be produced worldwide and received a live-action remake in 2017. No word yet on whether the upcoming TV version will feature any of the new songs written for the stage and live-action film adaptation of the musical, most of which feature lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Menken.