Plus, Rizwan Manji, Jon Jon Briones & Leo Abelo Perry round out cast, as LeFou, Maurice and Chip, in special airing Thursday, Dec. 15
ABC announced six additional performers joining the anticipated animated and live-action blended special, “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration.” Celebrated comedian and Emmy Award-winning actor Martin Short has been tapped to play Lumière; Tony Award-winner David Alan Grier will play Cogsworth; Rizwan Manji joins the cast as Gaston’s loyal sidekick, LeFou; and Jon Jon Briones will play Belle’s loving father, Maurice.
Viewers are also in for a major treat as five-time Grammy Award-winner and top-selling female country pop artist Shania Twain is joined by rising star Leo Abelo Perry, playing everyone’s favorite mother-son duo, Mrs. Potts and Chip.
Presented by The Wonderful World of Disney, the two-hour reimagining of the beloved story of “Beauty and the Beast” will be taped in front of a live audience at Disney Studios and will air Thursday, Dec. 15 (8-10 p.m. EST), on ABC and on Disney+ the next day.
As previously announced, five-time Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter H.E.R. will play the role of Belle; Tony, Emmy and Grammy-nominated artist Josh Groban will play the Beast; Tony and Grammy-nominated star Joshua Henry has been tapped to play Gaston; and EGOT winner and legend Rita Moreno will serve as the night’s narrator.
Jon M. Chu will executive produce the special, while Hamish Hamilton is set to direct, taking viewers on a memorable journey through the classic enchanted tale.