Ariana Grande, Zac Efron, & more join ABC’s Disney Family Singalong
Following ABC’s announcement of The Disney Family Singalong last Friday, Deadline brings word that more celebrities will officially be joining the network’s upcoming TV musical event including Disney alums: Demi Lovato (Camp Rock); Raven-Symoné (That’s So Raven); and the casts of Descendants, Zombies, and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The Disney Family Singalong will also feature the cast reunion of beloved High School Musical film trilogy consisting of Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, and Lucas Grabeel with a special participation of Zac Efron, who joined as a last-minute addition according to HSM director Kenny Ortega.
“We couldn’t reach Zac until late but when we did, he immediately jumped in, of course,” Ortega said in another interview with the outlet. “Everyone we reached out to was quick — and you’ll see it in their spirit and the way they come together from their homes. They recognize this is an opportunity to strengthen spirits for those joining us for the broadcast.
In addition to the former and current Disney stars, Grammy winners Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly, and Alan Menken along with Golden Globe winner Darren Criss, Elle Fanning, Josh Groban, and Marcus Scribner have also been added to the star-studded line-up. James Monroe Iglehart and the Broadway Company of Disney’s Aladdin will also get to reunite for a rendition of “Friend Like Me.”
The Disney Family Singalong will feature remote performances from celebrities along with their families as they’ll be taking on their favorite Disney songs from the comfort of their homes. The special will also include an animated character that will guide the audience to sing along through the on-screen lyrics. It is set to cover iconic songs from Disney classics like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and the Toy Story to the latest hit songs from Moana, Frozen, and High School Musical.
The celebrity line-up is consisting of Disney alums Christina Aguilera (Mulan), Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Kristin Chenoweth (Tinkerbell), and Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast). It will also feature Michael Bublé, Jordan Fisher, Little Big Town, Kenny Ortega, Donny Osmond, Thomas Rhett, Amber Riley, John Stamos, Erin Andrews, and Bobby Bones.
Here are some of the performances fans should expect to see in the special:
“I Won’t Say I’m in Love” – Ariana Grande
“I Wan’na Be Like You” – Darren Criss
“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” – Demi Lovato and Michael Bublé
“We’re All in This Together”- Casts of High School Musical film, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Descendants, and Zombies
“A Spoonful of Sugar” – Little Big Town
“Be Our Guest” – Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert, with a special appearance by Julianne Hough
“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – Christina Aguilera
“Colors of the Wind” – Tori Kelly
“Do You Want to Build a Snowman” – Thomas Rhett
“Friend Like Me” – James Monroe Iglehart with Broadway Company of Disney’s “ALADDIN”
“Gaston” – Josh Gad, Luke Evans, and Alan Menken
“How Far I’ll Go” – Auliʻi Cravalho
“I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” – Donny Osmond
“It’s a Small World” – John Stamos
“Let It Go” – Amber Riley
“The Bare Necessities” – Erin Andrews, Bobby Bones, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Marcus Scribner
“Under The Sea” – Jordan Fisher
“You’ve Got a Friend In Me” – Josh Groban
The Disney Family Singalong will also air star-studded PSAs as a way to raise awareness about Feeding America’s network and resources for people who are now facing hunger due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Set to be hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the one-hour special is scheduled to premiere on Thursday, April 16 at 8PM E.T.
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