9:30am PT by Rick Porter
Christina Aguilera, Kristin Chenoweth Set for 'Disney Family Singalong' Special at ABC
ABC will gather a host of stars for a Disney-themed music special set to air Thursday.
The Disney Family Singalong will gather the likes of Christina Aguilera, Kristin Chenoweth, John Stamos, Josh Gad, Michael Bublé, Auli'i Cravalho, Amber Riley and more to sing beloved tunes from the Disney catalog in their homes. Ryan Seacrest will serve as host.
"If there's something that we've all learned in the past few weeks, it's to cherish every moment and the importance of connection, whether through laughter, stories or music," ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said Friday in a statement. "We hope that we can help create some new unforgettable moments in everyone's home in a way that only the magic of Disney can."
The hourlong special is set to air Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT, filling a hole in ABC's schedule for that night after Grey's Anatomy ended its season early. Spinoff Station 19 is moving to the 9 p.m. slot for the remainder of the season. The special is of a piece with programs like Fox's iHeart Living Room Concert and CBS' ACM Presents: Our Country, which likewise showcased music stars performing from their homes during coronavirus quarantines.
The Disney Family Singalong will feature songs from Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Moana, Frozen and High School Musical, among others. An animated character will guide viewers through the onscreen lyrics. The special will include PSAs to raise awareness about Feeding America's efforts to help food-insecure people during the pandemic.
Other participants in the special include Erin Andrews, Bobby Bones, Luke Evans, Jordan Fisher, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, Little Big Town, Kenny Ortega, Donny Osmond and Thomas Rhett.
Additional performers announced on April 13 includeAriana Grande, Demi Lovato, Alan Menken, Elle Fanning, Josh Groban, Darren Criss, Tori Kelly and Marcus Scribner. Cast members from High School Musical, Descendants, Zombies and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will also appear, and James Monroe Iglehart and the Broadway cast of Aladdin will reunite for a performance of "Friend Like Me."
Disney Family Singalong is being produced by Done+Dusted, with Hamish Hamilton, Katy Mullan and Raj Kapoor executive producing.
April 14, 9:45 a.m. Updated with additional performers.