Shania Twain and Martin Short Might Be Starring in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ TV Musical Special on ABC
It looks like ABC in collaboration Disney is brewing up another TV musical special following the success of The Little Mermaid LIVE! which aired pre-pandemic in 2019. According to a report in Variety, Shania Twain along with Martin Short are apparently in talks to participate in a LIVE version of Beauty and the Beast.
According to reports, Twain is being considered for the role of Mrs. Potts for Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration. This was a role originated by Disney Legend Angela Lansbury.
Martin Short, who is currently staring in Only Murders in the Building for the Disney-owned Hulu streaming service is being looked at for the role of Lumiere.
Though it is still early days for the project, it looks like it is gaining momentum. Reports came out earlier this week that star of stage and screen, David Alan Grier, had landed the part of Cogsworth. He joins Oscar winner H.E.R. as Belle, Grammy winner Josh Groban as Beast, Joshua Henry as Gaston with Rita Moreno as narrator.
ABC has also revealed the Hamish Hamilton is direction and the project is being produced by Jon M. Chu. The show will be filmed live and will apparently feature new “never-before-seen” musical numbers.
The special will air during the holiday season, on September 15 and will stream on Disney+ the following day!
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