TWO-TIME EMMY AWARD-WINNER DEREK HOUGH TO MC AND PERFORM ON "THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: DISNEYLAND 60," SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, ON ABC
Six-time "Dancing with the Stars" champion Derek Hough serves as Master of Ceremonies when the ABC Television Network presents "The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60." Hough will guide viewers through 60 years of Disney magic, showcasing sensational song and dance performances and special appearances in the star-studded two-hour special "The "Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60," airing SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST).
Past "Dancing with the Stars" champion, Witney Carson joins Hough as the duo lead a team of dancers down Main Street U.S.A. to an enormously popular Oscar(R)-nominated song from a classic Disney animated motion picture.
Additionally, Hough will headline a spectacular dance tribute with a medley of Disney's most popular and beloved music.
Hough and Carson join previously announced Sir Elton John. More performers will be announced shortly.
Multi-talented entertainer, Hough is an accomplished choreographer, actor and New York Times best-selling author. The six-time "Dancing with the Stars" Mirror Ball Trophy winner started dancing at the age of 11, and one year later, moved to London where he attended the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, training with the top dance coaches in the world. Hough was one of the featured dancers on the original "Dancing with the Stars" Tour and a choreographer on the BBC (UK) hit show "Dance X." The two-time Emmy Award-winner and seven-time nominee for Best Choreography has appeared in film, television and stage projects as an actor. He made his feature-film debut in Duane Adler's "Make Your Move" and recently was featured in the ABC series "Nashville." His stage performances include Radio City Music Hall's "Spring Spectacular" in 2015, costarring alongside the Tony Award-winning Laura Benanti, and the critically acclaimed production of "Footloose," starring as the male lead in London's West End. Hough can also add author to his growing list of credits. His memoir "Taking the Lead; Lessons from a Life in Motion," released in August 2014, quickly hit The New York Times best-seller list during two non-consecutive time periods. Additionally, in 2014 Hough and his sister Julianne teamed for a live stage dance concert, "MOVE Live on Tour," performing in 50 cities around the country. In 2015 they toured again, selling out scores of venues on their 47-city outing.
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Walt Disney's legacy lives on through the Disneyland Resort, but even he might not have been able to imagine how big his idea would become at Disneyland and at Disney parks that span the globe. He launched an entirely new concept for family entertainment that remains as relevant today as the day it opened, July 17, 1955, for guests of all ages.
The Disneyland Resort will continue its 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration through Summer 2016, extending the three spectacular after-dark shows created for the special anniversary - the "Paint the Night" parade, the immersive "Disneyland Forever" fireworks show and the all-new "World of Color-Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney." The exciting celebration, which also features sparkling décor, themed food and merchandise, will conclude on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016.
"The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60" is a production of Den of Thieves (MTV Video Music Awards, American Idol, MTV Movie Awards, Critics Choice Movie Awards, the Radio Disney Music Awards). Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager are the executive producers. "The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 stereo surround sound.