Set those DVRs so you don’t miss our own Zachary Levi performing live at the Oscars tonight! He’ll be singing the Oscar-nominated song “I See the Light” from Tangled with his co-star Mandy Moore, accompanied by Alan Menken. The LA Times was on the scene for rehearsals on Friday:
Hollywood’s Kodak Theater was humming Friday afternoon as Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Moore, Alan Menken, Zachary Levi, Florence Welch, A.R. Rahman, Celine Dion and the kids from Staten Island’s Public School 22 rehearsed their musical performances for Oscar night.
“Did we win already?” Levi said, smiling out at a crowd of enthusiastically clapping seat fillers after he, Menken and Moore finished a run-through of “I See the Light,” their nominated song from “Tangled.”
It was a day for anticipating logistical challenges: “Will you be able to do those stairs in your heels?” one of Moore’s handlers asked the singer-actress as she maneuvered through the Kodak’s byzantine backstage area in rehearsal-day flats. “Um… yeah,” Moore said, sounding not 100% sure. In the downtime between setups, Levi trilled through some vocal exercises and eight-time Oscar winner Menken snapped photos from his spot at the piano.
The Oscars air on ABC tonight, with red carpet coverage beginning in the early afternoon at various outlets.