In 2017, Disney brought the 1991 classic cartoon movie Beauty and The Beast back to life with the live-action film starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. The film proved to be a huge box office smash, raking in more than a billion dollars worldwide.
Following the film’s success, this spring the Hollywood Bowl will be putting on a live-action concert for two nights that will pay tribute to the film’s music. On Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles will play the original animated movie on the big screen, accompanied by a full orchestra and an all-star cast of performers singing the songs featured in the film.
Just two years ago, The Little Mermaid had a similar tribute, with production director Richard Kraft putting the show together. For Beauty and The Beast, Kraft will return yet again to see to it that this one is just as much of a success as The Little Mermaid was.
The evening will also involve “breathtaking living scenery” being projected onto the iconic Hollywood Bowl facade, to create an immersive “Beauty and the Beast experience.” If this is something right up your alley, West Coasters can snag tickets when they go on sale Friday, March 16 at 10 a.m. PST.
Let’s take a look at the full cast including Zooey Deschanel who snagged the lead role and will be playing Belle.
Deschanel landed the title role and will be playing Belle for the live-action concert.
Grammar is no stranger to the Broadway musical world, so it makes sense that the award-winning musical vet was cast as Lumiere, the charismatic bouteiller who was turned into a candelabra in the film.
Diggs is also a theater vet, most notable for his work in the Tony Award-winning play Rent. For the concert, Diggs was cast as Gaston, the narcissistic and arrogant hunter who can’t seem to take no for an answer even when Belle makes it incredibly clear that she’s not interested.
We saw what Wilson could do in the Pitch Perfect movies, but for the concert, Wilson will be taking a bit of a departure from what we are used to seeing her do and will be playing LeFou, Gaston’s flamboyant and extra AF sidekick.
The 30 Rock vet and Emmy nominated actress will be playing the motherly head housekeeper Mrs. Potts, who was transformed into a teapot under the spell in the film.
As for our Beast, Anthony Evans will take on the role and sing “Evermore,” the song written for 2017’s live-action movie version.