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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Linda Woolverto

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast




This first of Disney’s stage adaptations is based on the on the 1991 animated Disney film, which was adapted from the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.


Story:

A wandering enchantress transforms a cruel and vain prince into a hideous Beast, leaving him only one way to reverse the curse - fall in love with another and earn her love in return. Belle, a beautiful book-lover, encounters the Beast when she arrives at his castle to plead for her father’s freedom, ultimately trading her own for his. As tension over her imprisonment escalates in the town, spurred by Gaston, the selfish lover who seeks Belle’s hand in marriage, the relationship between Belle and the Beast grows, leading to an emotional, and transformative, conflict.


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Composer

Composer
Alan Menken

Lyricist

Lyricist
Howard Ashman

Lyricist

Lyricist
Tim Rice

Librettist

Librettist
Linda Woolverto



  • Premiere
  • 1991 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Palace Theatre, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Opening Night
April 18, 1994
Total Performances
5,461
Original Cast
Terrence Mann, Susan Egan, Tom Bosley, Burke Moses, Kenny Raskin, Heath Lamberts, Gary Beach, Beth Fowler, Stacey Logan, Gordon Stanley and Brian Press
Director
Robert Jess Roth
Choreographer
Matt West
Producer
Walt Disney Productions
Musical Director
Michael Kosarin
Orchestrations
Danny Troob
Scenic Design
Stan Meyer
Costume Design
Ann Hould-Ward
Lighting Design
Natasha Katz
Sound Design
T. Richard Fitzgerald
Projection Design
Wendall K. Harrington

1991 Animated Disney Film Version

Movie Name
Beauty and the Beast
Type
Animated
Director
Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Screenplay
Linda Woolverton
Starring
Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, Bradley Pierce, Rex Everhart, Jesse Corti, Hal Smith, Jo Anne Worley, Mary Kay Bergman






CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
Animated Movie Soundtrack


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Animated Movie DVD

Blu-Ray
Animated Movie Blu-Ray


Books

Book
Beauty and the Beast: A Celebration of the Broadway Musical


Other

Merchandise




1994 Tony Award Nominations

Best Costume Design
Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Actor in a Musical - Terrence Mann
Best Actress in a Musical - Susan Egan
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Gary Beach
Best Lighting Design
Best Direction of a Musical

1994 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Terrence Mann
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Susan Egan
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical - Burke Moses
Outstanding Choreography - Matt West
Outstanding Orchestrations
Outstanding Lyrics
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Sound Design
Outstanding Special Effects

1994 Theatre World Award Nominations

Burke Moses

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