Watch Beauty and the Beast's Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Alan Menken sing 'Gaston' live
Apparently, no one hijacks a Beauty and the Beast press conference like Gaston.
On Sunday, the cast of the upcoming Disney film assembled in Beverly Hills for a press conference, where composer Alan Menken performed a medley of classic songs. He was soon joined onstage by Luke Evans and Josh Gad, who play Gaston and LeFou, and together, the three launched into a dramatic rendition of “Gaston.”
Gad even closed things out with a little ad-libbing, singing: “And his name’s G-A-S-T… I believe there’s another T after the first… I can’t remember because of this week’s news cycle, which has been very distracting to meeeeeee…”
Menken composed the music for the original 1991 Beauty and the Beast with lyricist Howard Ashman, who died of AIDS-related complications before the film hit theaters. For the live-action remake, Menken wrote three new songs with lyricist Tim Rice, but there are still a few never-before-heard Ashman lines.
“In ‘Gaston,’ we had a treasure trove of lyrics that Howard had written that we did not put in the movie,” Menken told EW in November. “In many cases they were a little bit risqué — not risqué sexually, but risqué in terms of sensibility. We all felt ready to have those lyrics. When [director Bill Condon] found out about those lyrics, he said, ‘Oh my god, can we please look at that, because it would be a wonderful way to add an extra freshness to the movie.’ So, yes, you’re going to hear some unheard Howard Ashman lyrics.”
Beauty and the Beast, which also stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, will open March 17.