Magnificence and the Beast TV Particular Provides David Alan Grier as Main Character

David Alan Grier will assist inform a story as previous as time on Disney and ABC’s Magnificence and the Beast: A thirtieth Celebration particular. The Tony Award-winning actor and In Residing Colour comic will play Cogsworth, the clock butler, within the animated and live-action blended particular re-imagination of the beloved 1992 Disney Animation musical. Grier is the newest performer to painting the character initially voiced by David Ogden Stiers; Heath Lamberts originated the function in Disney’s Magnificence and the Beast on Broadway, and Ian McKellen performed Cogsworth in 2017’s live-action remake. Selection first reported the information. 

Grier joins a solid that features Grammy and Academy Award winner H.E.R. as Belle, Billboard Music Award winner Josh Groban because the Beast, and Grammy and Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry as Gaston. EGOT winner and West Facet Story star Rita Moreno will narrate the one-night particular (airing December 15 on ABC and streaming December 16 on Disney+). 

Loopy Wealthy Asians and Within the Heights filmmaker Jon M. Chu, who has an total take care of Disney Tv Studios, is govt producing The Fantastic World of Disney and ABC particular occasion presentation. Directing the particular is Hamish Hamilton, who helmed ABC’s Disney Household Singalong particular and the Emmy-winning Tremendous Bowl LVI halftime present headlined by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar. 

Magnificence and the Beast was at all times a game-changing cinematic expertise for me,” Chu mentioned when saying the particular. “When the animated film got here out, I watched it a number of occasions within the first weekend. It confirmed me the outer limits of what animated artists and storytellers might obtain, so the truth that I get to govt produce a tribute to all of the creatives that made this masterpiece by our Electrical Someplace firm is a dream I did not even suppose was potential.”

Chu added: “With world-class creatives and expertise to reinterpret the traditional musical numbers (with just a few surprises), I am unable to look forward to the audiences, in particular person and at dwelling, to expertise what we’ve got in retailer for them. It is a true celebration of creativity.”

Chu’s Electrical Someplace and Hamilton’s Executed+Dusted are producing with Walt Disney Tv Various. Together with Chu and Hamilton, govt producers embrace Caitlin Foito (TV’s Serendipity), Raj Kapoor (The 2022 Oscars), Richard Kraft (The Little Mermaid Reside!), and Katy Mullan (The Disney Vacation Singalong, Disney Channel Summer season Singalong). 

The Magnificence and the Beast: A thirtieth Celebration particular airs Thursday, December 15 on ABC and is streaming the following day on Disney+.

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