While Disney is gearing up for its release of the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” next year, it’s also celebrating the original animated film’s 25th anniversary. On Sunday, September 18, during a special screening of the Disney classic at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City put on by the Film Society of Lincoln Center as a New York Film Festival preview event, actress Angela Lansbury revived her Mrs. Potts character and surprised audiences by singing “Beauty and the Beast.”
The 90-year-old award-winning actress took the stage, accompanied by the film’s composer Alan Mencken on piano, to perform the heartwarming melody.
Calling the film “one of the great movies that she was involved with,” Lansbury told the press, “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.” As for singing the song in front of audiences, she stated, “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.”
Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle), Robby Benson (voice of the Beast) and Richard White (voice of Gaston) were also in attendence that night for the special screening. During the event Disney Movies Anywhere released never-before-seen footage of the original cast recording “Be Our Guest” and clips of the actors performing their lines.
Check out the video of Lansbury singing the film’s theme song below. The live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, will be released on March 17, 2017.