Although Groban is greatest recognized for his musical stylings, he has a historical past with display and stage performing as properly, debuting on Broadway in 2016 with the Tony-nominated, Tolstoy-inspired play “Natasha, Pierre & The Nice Comet of 1812.” He additionally has some historical past with “Magnificence and the Beast.” The singer contributed the unique music “Evermore” to the soundtrack of 2017’s live-action adaptation of the Disney traditional, which I had truthfully forgotten existed regardless of it starring Dan Stevens and Emma Watson.
Whereas Disney retains introducing an increasing number of live-action diversifications regardless of their wildly different high quality and success, it feels like “Magnificence and the Beast: A thirtieth Celebration” will capitalize on followers’ love of the unique hand-drawn animation that made the Disney Renaissance-era 1991 movie stand out, as press supplies clarify that “performances shall be seamlessly woven by the unique characteristic movie” over the course of the two-hour particular.
Whereas extra solid has but to be introduced, R&B musician H.E.R. will play Belle, whereas Joshua Henry (Aaron Burr within the unique tour of “Hamilton”) is Gaston. In the meantime, legendary performer Rita Moreno will narrate the enchanting night. It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see if this particular reaches the heights of competitor NBC’s latest custom of stay musicals, which has included a John Legend-led “Jesus Christ Famous person” and vacation renditions of “Annie” and “The Grinch.” FOX, in the meantime, has additionally gotten in on the stay musical sport, most notably with 2016’s “Grease Stay!”
“Magnificence and the Beast: A thirtieth Celebration” will air at 8pm EST on December 15, 2022 on ABC, and shall be out there on Disney+ the next day.