Angela Lansbury made a surprise appearance at the 25th anniversary Beauty and the Beast screening in New York on Sunday
It’s a tale as old as time. And at the 25th anniversary screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in New York on Sunday, Angela Lansbury surprised audiences with a tune as old as song.
The 90-year-old actress – who voiced the role of Mrs. Potts in the 1991 animated film – appeared on stage at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and sang the title song live for the first time in over two decades.
Accompanied by the movie’s composer Alan Menken, Lansbury was pitch perfect in the song – even ending with a rendition of Potts’ signature sendoff to her animated son, Chip.
“Run along again to the cupboard, Chip,” she said to the audience’s applause. “Night love.”
Lansbury wasn’t the only original Beauty and the Beast star to appear Sunday night. Original voice actors Paige O’Hara (Belle), Robby Benson (The Beast) and Richard White (Gaston) also showed up – participating in a Q&A panel with the film’s executive producer.
Menken also sang a medley of his hits at the event, including “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid, “Go the Distance” from Hercules, “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, “How Do You Know?” from Enchanted, “I See the Light” from Tangled and – of course – “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast.
The return to Alice Tully Hall was a bit of a full-circle moment for the Oscar-nominated movie. In September 1991 – two months before its theatrical release – a “work in progress” version of the movie complete with black-and-white animation slots was screened there for the 29th New York Film Festival, to standing ovations.
The 25th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast is out now.