Josh Groban to play Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Joshua Henry and Rita Moreno to also star in ABC special

Josh Groban is set to co-star alongside HER in the ABC animated and live action special. Beauty and the Beast: 30th Anniversary Celebration. The announcement was made during today’s panel at D23 Expo 2022.

Groban, who previously recorded the song for 2017. The beauty and the Beast live-action film, will play the Beast alongside the previously announced HER as Belle. Joshua Henry has been cast as Gaston’s antagonist, while EGOT winner Rita Moreno will be the narrator of the evening.

Presented by The Wonderful World of Disney, a two-hour reimagining of a beloved story The beauty and the Beast will be recorded in front of a live audience at Disney Studios and will air on December 15 on ABC and on Disney+ the next day.

John M. Chu is set to executive produce the special, with Hamish Hamilton to direct. Beauty and the Beast: 30th Anniversary Celebration produced by Done + Dusted in association with Walt Disney Television Alternative and Electric Somewhere. Executive producers are Chu, Caitlin Foito, Hamilton, Raj Kapoor, Richard Kraft and Cathy Mullan. HER acts as a producer.

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