Disney Plus transformed the Hollywood Bowl into a flower-filled set for live-to-film concert experience Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl, which starts streaming on the service on Wednesday, December 28.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a magical house within a town that’s situated in a charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal — every child except one: Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she — the only ordinary Madrigal — just might be her exceptional family’s last hope.
In the special, the real-life stars of the animated movie perform their songs in front of a live audience with a special introduction from Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the movie’s eight songs. Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl stars Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel, Jessica Darrow as Luisa, Diane Guerrero as Isabela, Adassa as Dolores, Carolina Gaitán as Pepa, Mauro Castillo as Félix, Angie Cepeda as Julieta and Olga Merediz as Abuela Alma. It also features special guests Colombian superstars and multiple Latin Grammy-winners Carlos Vives and Andrés Cepeda. The cast is joined by an 80-person on-site orchestra and 50 dancers.
Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl is directed by Chris Howe (Coldplay Live at Whitby Abbey, Bruno Mars: 24k Magic Live at Apollo) and choreographed by Jamal Sims (original Encanto film choreographer) and Kai Martinez with production design by Misty Buckley (Coldplay’s 2016 Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show, ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live!). Sally Wood (Brit Awards 2021, An Audience with Adele) is Fulwell 73 Productions’ creative showrunner, with Gabe Turner, Emma Conway and Lou Fox serving as executive producers.
The Hollywood Bowl’s visual transformation into the Casita is brought to life by NorthHouse (Coldplay at The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee). The concert event is produced by Fulwell 73 Productions, Live Nation-Hewitt Silva and Disney Concerts, along with AMP Worldwide.
Conductor Anthony Parnther leads the full orchestra, performing the film’s score and songs live-to-picture, and the cast and special guest artists perform the film’s songs live. A Colombian band, featuring musicians from the original soundtrack, accompanies the orchestra.
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