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Beauty and the Beast Celebrates 30 Years: A Star-Studded Cast Joins H.E.R. and Josh Groban for Disney's Holiday Special

CEO Tinh Phung
Disney is gearing up for a spectacular holiday event with the upcoming launch of "Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration." Set to air on Thursday, December 15, 2022, on ABC, this two-hour extravaganza will...

Disney is gearing up for a spectacular holiday event with the upcoming launch of "Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration." Set to air on Thursday, December 15, 2022, on ABC, this two-hour extravaganza will be a delightful blend of live-action and animation, paying homage to the original Disney classic, beauty and the Beast.

A Magical Cast

Prepare to be dazzled by the incredible lineup of performers in "Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration." Leading the cast is the talented H.E.R., who will take on the iconic role of Belle. Known for her mesmerizing voice and captivating stage presence, H.E.R. is a multi-talented American singer and songwriter who has garnered numerous awards throughout her career. From winning an Academy Award to earning five Grammy nominations and even securing a Golden Globe Award, H.E.R. has solidified her place among music's elite. Her rise to stardom began in 2016 when she adopted the stage name H.E.R. and released her first EP, "H.E.R. Volume 1," under RCA.

Adding to the star power of the celebration is the legendary Rita Monero, who will serve as the narrator for the event. Rita, a Puerto Rican actress, singer, and dancer, has an illustrious career spanning over seven decades. With numerous movies, TV shows, and unforgettable songs to her credit, she is one of the last living icons from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Rita's remarkable body of work includes classics such as "Singin' in the Rain," "West Side Story," "Slums of Beverly Hills," and "The Four Seasons." She has even received accolades from prestigious award shows like the Grammys, Emmys, Oscars, and Tonys. In fact, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush and the National Medal of Arts by Barack Obama.

Joining the cast is the talented David Alan Grier, an American comedian and actor known for his memorable roles in various productions. In "Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration," David takes on the role of Cogsworth, the lovable clock character. With a degree from Yale University and a Tony Award nomination under his belt, David's skills as a performer have been recognized and celebrated. From his role as Jackie Robinson in the Broadway musical "The First" to his work on TV shows like "Life with Bonnie" and "The Carmichael Show," David has proven himself to be a versatile and accomplished entertainer.

Rounding out the exceptional cast is the Canadian singer and songwriter, Shania Twain. Playing the role of Mrs. Potts, Shania brings her superstar talent to "Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration." With an impressive record of selling over 100 million records and winning five Grammy Awards, she is undoubtedly the Queen of Country Pop. Shania's rise to fame came with her album "The Woman in Me," which sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Her remarkable success is further evident with her numerous World Music Awards, 27 BMI Songwriter Awards, and her induction into Canada's Walk of Fame.

More Highlights and Exciting Details

Directed by Hamish Hamilton, "Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration" promises to captivate audiences by bringing the beloved fairytale to life. This celebration holds a special place in Disney history, as the original animated feature was the first of its kind to receive a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars upon its release in 1991.

In addition to the remarkable cast mentioned earlier, other notable cast members include Josh Groban as Beast, Rizwan Manji as Le Fou, Jon Jon Briones as Maurice, Joshua Henry as Gaston, and Leo Abelo as Perry Chip. The show is executive produced by a talented team, including Katy Mullan, Jon M. Chu, Raj Kapoor, Hamish Hamilton, Caitlin Foito, and Richard Kraft.

Save the date and mark your calendars for Thursday, December 15, 2022, when "Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration" premieres. Get ready to be swept away by extraordinary performances and relive the magic of this timeless tale.

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