Utah Valley’s small connection to Disney’s live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’—Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald, who has performed at the Hale Center Theater in Orem, will play Garderobe in the Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast."

Audra McDonald, who has performed at the Hale Center Theater in Orem, will play Garderobe in the Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.”

Disney announced the remainder of the cast for the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” on Tuesday and amongst the names was one individual who has graced a Utah Valley stage — Audra McDonald.

In 2010, McDonald joined then-boyfriend Will Swenson at the Hale Center Theater in Orem for a two-week run of “110 In The Shade.” She even took time to interview with Utah Valley Magazine for the cover story for the women’s issue. The 6-time Tony Award winning actress has been back on the big stage ever since her brief, yet charitable, performance in Utah Valley.

“(Performing in a small theater is) like coming back to my roots,” McDonald told Utah Valley Magazine in 2010. “I’m very familiar with community theater. It’s how I was introduced to this industry.”

Now she will play the part of Garderobe, the magical wardrobe, in Disney’s live-action musical “Beauty and the Beast.

“Beauty and the Beast,” which is set to come out in March 2017, shares the story of Belle, an inventor’s daughter, who exchanges her freedom for her father’s to live in a monstrous beast’s enchanted castle.

In January, Disney announced that Emma Watson, who is best known for her role as Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter series, was cast as Belle. On Tuesday, the remainder of the cast was announced.

Dan Stevens, who is known for playing Matthew Crawley on “Downton Abbey,” takes on the role of Beast. While the villain, Gaston, is being played by Luke Evans from “Fast & Furious 6.”

Other notable actors include: Josh Gad as Le Fou, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Evan McGregor as Lumiere and more. See the whole cast at IMBD.

Read about McDonald’s time performing in Utah Valley here.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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