Angela Lansbury proved once again she’s a force to be reckoned with.
Lansbury appeared at the 25th anniversary screening of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City on Sunday, along with the film’s other stars Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle), Robby Benson (voice of the Beast) and Richard White (voice of Gaston). Following the screening, the 90-year-old virtuoso surprised the audience with a live performance of the song “Beauty and the Beast.”
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Lansbury, who voiced Mrs. Potts in the film, was joined by the film’s composer Alan Menken at the piano. Menken also performed a medley of other Disney classics, including selections from “Hercules,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “The Little Mermaid” and more.
“The thing about this particular story is that the characters are so real, and the voices are played by great actors — I don’t count myself necessarily among them,” Lansbury told press at the event, calling “Beauty and the Beast” “one of the great movies that I was involved with.” “You get a crowd like that together and a story with so much stuff in it, and you have a big success. Disney has had that success.”
Of singing live, Lansbury said, “Believe me it’s pretty frightening for me. I haven’t sung in public in a long time. But with Alan [Menken], you can do anything. He’s just brilliant.”
The performance comes after Disney Movies Anywhere released never-before-seen footage of the film’s original cast recording “Be Our Guest,” with additional clips featuring the actors next to their animated characters performing their lines.
“Beauty and the Beast” remains one of the most decorated animated musicals of all time, and won an Academy Award for best original song. In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, “Beauty and the Beast” will be re-released on DVD and Blu-Ray Tuesday, Sept. 20.