Disney has plenty of exciting new entertainment coming out this year, but you won’t find one highly-anticipated hit in any movie theaters. Zooey Deschanel will be Disney’s Belle for live Beauty and the Beast concerts this summer.

Disney is inviting some lucky fans to be their guests for very special live performances of Beauty and the Beast at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. The shows will star Zooey Deschanel as the voice of Belle and a stellar cast of actors will round out the rest of the characters. Kelsey Grammer will sing as Lumiere, while Taye Diggs will belt it out as Gaston with Rebel Wilson as his forever sidekick LeFou. Jane Krakowski will also join them, bubbling and brewing as Mrs. Potts.

The concert is a unique experience that combines orchestra-accompanied singing with dancing and projections of the film. “Like our celebration of Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, we are mixing film, live music, singers, dancers, digital projections, effects, and special guest artists to create an event that pays homage to the original movie but also delivers something that can only be experienced live,” director Richard Kraft told Entertainment Weekly.

The shows are scheduled for May 25 and 26, with tickets starting at $42.50.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin



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