A new show opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios yesterday, and it’s a non-actor replacement for the long-running “Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage” show.
The new show, called “The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends,” is a 20-minute instrumental concert with a closing appearance by “Beauty and the Beast” characters Belle, the Beast, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Cogsworth and Chip waving to the guests in the audience.
The silent character castmembers are non-Equity, so they don’t violate the terms of the union’s ongoing contract dispute with the amusement park over COVID-19 testing and mask-wearing for actors.
I haven’t seen much online response to the new show, but someone did video one of the performances:
No word on how long “The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends” will place of “Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage,” but I have a feeling it’ll be a long while.
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