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ABC special ‘Beauty and the Beast’ adds David Alan Grier, Shania Twain and Martin Short to cast

ABC’s live Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Anniversary special celebrates the 30th anniversary of the film’s best picture nomination; the film was the first animated feature to earn that honor. The special will feature a mix of live action and animation and new musical performances along with sets and costumes inspired by the movie. Jon M. Chu (In the Heights, Wicked) serves as executive producer.

Joining an ensemble led by Grammy winner H.E.R. as Belle and Josh Groban as the Beast will be Martin Short, David Alan Grier, Shania Twain, Rizwan Manji, Jon Jon Briones and Leo Abelo Perry. Joshua Henry also stars as Gaston, and Rita Moreno will narrate the special. H.E.R. also serves as producer.

Short will play Lumiere, while Grier will play Cogsworth, Twain will play Mrs. Potts, and Perry her son, Chip. Manji plays Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou, and Briones will play Belle’s father, Maurice.

Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Anniversary airs Dec. 15th.

Martin Short, Shania Twain, David Alan Grier Confirmed For ABC’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Special; Rizwan Manji, More Cast

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