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Martin Short, Shania Twain Join ABC's Beauty and the Beast Anniversary Special

David Alan Grier, Jon Jon Briones, and Rizwan Manji will also appear in the special.
  • Martin Short, Shania Twain. (Photos: Everett Collection)
    Martin Short, Shania Twain. (Photos: Everett Collection)

    The star-studded cast of ABC's Beauty and the Beast anniversary special continues to grow.

    Martin Short will appear as French candlestick Lumière, while Shania Twain will play Mrs. Potts, the role made iconic by the late Angela Lansbury. Also joining the cast are David Alan Grier as Cogsworth, Rizwan Manji as LeFou, Jon Jon Briones as Belle's father Maurice, and newcomer Leo Abelo Perry as beloved teacup Chip. 

    The group joins the already announced H.E.R. as Belle and Josh Groban as the Beast, as well as Joshua Henry as Gaston and Rita Moreno as narrator. The production is set to integrate live-action musical performances with scenes from the 1991 animated film, much like they did for The Little Mermaid in 2019.

    The anniversary special celebrates 30 years since Beauty and the Beast made history as the first animated film to receive an Oscar nod for Best Picture.

    ABC's Beauty and the Beast special will air December 15 at 8/7c. 

    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: Martin Short, ABC, David Alan Grier, Shania Twain, Disney