Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Photo from Pixabay.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Photo from Pixabay.

“Mickey’s 90th Spectacular,” a star-studded celebration of the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse’s film debut, will air from 8-10:01 p.m. Sunday evening on ABC.

Musical performances, moving tributes and never-before-seen short films will mark the 90th anniversary of the Nov. 18, 1928 release of “Steamboat Willie,” the black-and-white short animated film considered the debut of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who are described by Disney as “forever sweethearts.”

“Steamboat Willie” was the first fully synchronized sound cartoon.

Personalities from ABC series, Disney movies and such other Walt Disney Co. entities as ESPN and Freeform will gather at the Shrine Auditorium in South Los Angeles for the special, part of a worldwide series of celebratory events involving various elements of the company.

Performers include Josh Groban, the K-pop group NCT 127, Meghan Trainor, the Zac Brown Band, Tori Kelly and five-time Latin Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, musician and producer Luis Fonsi.

The Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger will make what is described as a “special appearance.” Also set to appear are actresses Kristen Bell, Sarah Hyland and Wendi McLendon-Covey, actors John Stamos and Skylar Astin, ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Sage Steele and original “Mickey Mouse Club” Mouseketeers Bob Burgess and Sharon Baird.

Musical performances will include:

— Groban singing “Granted,” from his recently released studio album, “Bridges”;

— NCT 127 performing its hit “Regular”;

— Tony- and Grammy-winning performer Leslie Odom Jr. singing “When You Wish Upon A Star” from the 1940 Disney adaptation of “Pinocchio”;

— Trainor singing the “Toy Story” theme, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”;

— The Zac Brown Band performing “Bare Necessities” from the 1967 Disney animated film “The Jungle Book”;

— Fonsi will perform his new single; and

— Kelly will perform “Colors of the Wind,” from the 1995 Disney animated musical romantic drama “Pocahontas.”

“Mickey’s 90th Spectacular” will be produced and directed by Don Mischer, who has directed Super Bowl halftime shows, the Summer and Winter Olympics opening ceremonies and Oscars.

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