Prepare to be a guest of the Hollywood Bowl as Disney just announced a star-studded cast for a live concert featuring the songs of Beauty and the Beast. Zooey Deschanel (Belle), Kelsey Grammer (performing "Be Our Guest" as Lumiere), Taye Diggs (Gaston), Rebel Wilson (LeFou), Jane Krakowski (performing the title song as Mrs. Potts), and Anthony Evans (as Beast singing "Evermore," written for the live-action version of the film) will all be taking part in the event, which will only be held for two days at the end of May in Los Angeles.
They will be accompanied by a full live orchestra and sing songs from the animated film as it plays on the venue's movie screen. There will also be a costume contest, memorable photo opps, and other surprises.
"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," said concert director Richard Kraft, who previously helmed live-to-film events at the Hollywood Bowl such as Disney's The Little Mermaid and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, in a statement.
"The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl was an amazing and unforgettable event," said legendary composer Alan Menken, who wrote the music for both that film and Beauty and the Beast. "Now Beauty and the Beast at the Bowl is coming, with an extraordinary cast and a world class orchestra. I am beyond excited to be a part of what will be another fantastic evening."
The cast is also psyched to be a part of the program, having been fans of the property for some time.
"I'm so stoked to be playing the role of LeFou for Disney's Beauty and the Beast Live at the Hollywood Bowl this May," said Wilson, the first woman to play Gaston's bumbling sidekick. "Anywhere where you can bring a picnic AND be incredibly entertained is a superb night out. Until then I will be mentally preparing for the role in France by eating croissants."
Check out the official poster for the event below:
The animated version of Beauty and the Beast — featuring music by Menken and lyrics by the late, beloved Howard Ashman —won Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. It was also nominated for Best Picture (this was before animation got its own category) and Best Sound. The live-action remake from last year made $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office and was nominated for two Academy Awards.
The concert will be held on May 25 and 26, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. and the contest happening at 8:15 p.m. You can get your tickets here. Act now before the last petal falls!