Rare Footage Shows Legends Angela Lansbury And Jerry Orbach Recording ‘Be Our Guest’

Fans of Disney musicals were treated to a glimpse of what it was like during the recording sessions for Disney’s classic and much beloved Beauty and the Beast (1991), on Wednesday. 

The rare, behind-the-scenes footage—posted on Entertainment Weeklyfeatures Hollywood legends Angela Lansbury and Jerry Orbach as they work together on the fan-favorite “Be Our Guest.” 

The clip is from a forthcoming documentary called Howard about playwright and lyricist Howard Ashman (also featured in the clip). Famously working in collaboration with composer Alan Menken, Ashman penned the lyrics to Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin (used posthumously)

At age 39, he tragically passed away from complications from AIDS, just days after the first screening of Beauty and the Beast. The documentary is a tribute to his artistic contributions. 

Here’s the clip posted by Eric Deggans of NPR:

Fans ate it up: 

Writer Manuel Betancourt loved it:

Like Deggans, there was no shortage of fans of the late Jerry Orbach on Twitter: 

And how could anyone not love Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts?

The clip also got fans of 2017’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast wanting to see some similar footage of Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson recording their version of the song:

People seem to have a special fondness for Beauty and the Beast—proof that it is indeed like the film’s title song claims a, “Tale as old as time.” 

A little love for the song across the years:

Directed by Don Hahn, Howard premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City this month.

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