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Beauty and the Beast Original Broadway cover

Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton. It is based upon the 1991 Disney film of the same name. Seven new songs were written for the stage musical. Beauty ran on Broadway for 5,461 performances between 1994 and 2007, becoming Broadway's eighth longest-running production in history.

The musical has grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide and played in thirteen countries and 115 cities. It has also become a popular choice for high school productions.

Production Edit

Beauty and the Beast premiered in a joint production of Theatre Under The Stars and Disney Theatricals at the Music Hall, Houston, Texas, from November 28, 1993, through December 26, 1993.

Original 1994 Broadway Production Edit

The musical opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on April 18, 1994 and ran there until September 5, 1999, transferring to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 11, 1999, with an official opening date of November 16, 1999. The musical closed on July 29, 2007 after 46 previews and 5,461 performances, and is Broadway's ninth-longest running production in history (as of December 2014). The production holds the record of being the longest running production at both the Palace Theatre, where it opened, and the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where it closed its Broadway run.

Directed by Robert Jess Roth with choreography by Matt West and assisted by Dan Mojica, the original Broadway cast included Susan Egan as Belle, Terrence Mann as the Beast, Burke Moses as Gaston, Gary Beach as Lumière and Beth Fowler as Mrs. Potts. Orchestrations were by Danny Troob (after his own orchestrations and arrangements of the film), scenic designer was Stan Meyer, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, lighting designer Natasha Katz, sound was by T. Richard Fitzgerald, hair designer David H. Lawrence, and prosthetics were by John Dods. Illusions were by Jim Steinmeyer and John Gaughan, and pyrotechnic design was by Tyler Wymer.

The Broadway production closed to make way for Disney's next musical venture, The Little Mermaid. With Disney set to open its Broadway version of The Little Mermaid on November 3, 2007 at the time, it was believed that having two Disney princess films on Broadway at the same time would divide audiences and cause competition between the two shows. At this point, Disney also had three other shows running at the same time: The Lion King, Tarzan, and Mary Poppins. It was reported that Disney Theatrical planned to revive the show on Broadway for the 2008 holiday season, but Disney did not pursue this.

Tracklist Edit

Track Title Musical Artist
1 Prologue (The Enchantress) Beauty and the Beast David Odgen Stiers
2 Belle Beauty and the Beast Susan Egan, Burke Moses, Kenny Raskin and Chorus
3 No Matter What Beauty and the Beast Tom Bosley and Susan Egan
4 No Matter What (Reprise) Beauty and the Beast Tom Bosley
5 Me Beauty and the Beast Burke Moses and Susan Egan
6 Belle (Reprise) Beauty and the Beast Susan Egan
7 Home Beauty and the Beast Susan Egan
8 Home (Reprise) Beauty and the Beast Beth Fowler
9 Gaston Beauty and the Beast Burke Moses, Kenny Raskin and Chorus
10 Gaston (Reprise) Beauty and the Beast Burke Moses and Kenny Raskin
11 How Long Must This Go On Beauty and the Beast Terrence Mann
12 Be Our Guest Beauty and the Beast Gary Beach and Enchanted Objects
13 If I Can't Love Her Beauty and the Beast Terrence Mann
14 Entr'acte/ Wolf Chase Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken
15 Something There Beauty and the Beast Susan Egan, Terrence Mann, Gary Beach, Beth Fowler, Brian Press, Heath Lamberts and Barbara Marineau
16 Human Again Beauty and the Beast Gary Beach, Heath Lamberts, Beth Fowler, Stacey Logan, Brian Press, Barbara Marineau and Enchanted Objects
17 Maison Des Lunes Beauty and the Beast Burke Moses, Kenny Raskin and Gordon Stanley
18 Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast Beth Fowler
19 If I Can't Lover Her (Reprise) Beauty and the Beast Terrence Mann
20 A Change In Me Beauty and the Beast Susan Egan
21 The Mob Song Beauty and the Beast Burke Moses, Kenny Raskin, Gordon Stanley and Townspeople
22 The Battle Beauty and the Beast Susan Egan
23 End Duet / Tranformation Beauty and the Beast Susan Egan and Terrence Mann
24 Beauty and the Beast (Reprise) Beauty and the Beast The Company

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