Zooey Deschanel and Kelsey Grammer Together at Last in the Star-Studded Cast of Beauty and the Beast Live
In May, Disney will be producing Beauty and the Beast Live
in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, and they are really
stacking this cast with some surprises.
reports everyone seems to want to live in a Disney fantasy;
or they at least want to visit with two nights of live
performance. Zooey Deschanel has been cast as Belle and Taye
Diggs will play her macho/unwelcome suitor, Gaston. Jane
Krakowski is an age-inappropriate Mrs. Potts, and I’m hoping
for Jenna Maroney levels of musical scene-stealing for every
number. Then we have Kelsey Grammer stepping in as horny candle
Lumiere, plus Rebel Wilson as LeFou. Rebel Wilson as LeFou?
Rebel Wilson as LeFou. Okay. That’s LeFine.
The Beast is played by Anthony Evans, an alum of The
Voice who I have never heard of. I assume he has some
pipes to supplement the sheer star power of the rest of the
cast. In 2016, Disney similarly mixed up live performances with
digital projections and dance numbers to approximate The
Little Mermaid on stage. It must have been pretty fun,
because now all of Hollywood wants to do it. The timeless
bestial love wins again.