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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. Based on the 1991 film of the same name, which was in turn adapted from the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways, and an adventurous young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. In order to become human again, the Beast must earn Belle's love before it's too late.

Beauty and the Beast
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Vocal Selections Cover Art

Music Alan Menken
Lyrics Howard Ashman

Tim Rice

Book Linda Woolverton
Basis 1991 Disney film Beauty and the Beast
Productions 1993 Houston (tryout)
1994 Broadway

1995 Los Angeles 1995 Melbourne 1995 Toronto 1995 Vienna 1995 US Tour
1995 Tokyo 1997 Mexico City 1997 London 1997 Stuttgart 1998 Buenos Aires 1999 Beijing 1999 US Tour
1999 Madrid 2001 UK Tour
2001 US Tour
2002 São Paulo 2004 Seoul 2005 Budapest 2005 Manila 2005 Netherlands Tour
2005 Oberhausen 2007 Helsinki 2007 Antwerp 2007 Mexico City 2007 Madrid 2008 Johannesburg 2008 Moscow 2009 São Paulo 2009 Milan 2010 US Tour
2010 Buenos Aires 2011 Germany Tour
2012 Spain Tour
2013 Paris 2014 Oslo 2014 International Tour
2014 Moscow (revival

Instrumentation[edit]Edit

Music Theatre International offers two orchestrations for Beauty and the Beast.

The principal, larger orchestration is based on the original Broadway orchestration. It requires three keyboards, drums, percussion, double bass, three woodwind players, three French horns, two trumpets, trombone, divided violins, cellos, and harp. The first woodwind player doubles on flute and piccolo, the second on English horn and oboe, and the third on clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute. The trombonist doubles on bass trombone and tuba.

The original Broadway orchestration featured two additional woodwind players. The first played flute and piccolo, the second English horn and oboe, the third piccolo, flute, and clarinet, the fourth piccolo, flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet, and the fifth on bassoon and contrabassoon. The excised reed parts were folded into the keyboard parts upon their removal for the licensed orchestration.

The optional reduced orchestration requires two keyboards, percussion, double bass, three woodwind players, a trumpet, a French horn, and solo violin and cello.

Cast information[edit]Edit

Original Broadway Cast

The Original Broadway Cast Recording was released on April 26, 1994. The CD included Susan Egan as Belle, Terrence Mann as Beast, Burke Moses as Gaston, Gary Beach as Lumiere and Beth Fowler as Mrs Potts.

The Original Australian Cast Recording was released in 1995. The principal cast included Rachael Beck as Belle, , Toni Lamond as Madame De La Grande Bouche Robyn Arthur as Mrs Potts

The Original Vienna Cast Recording was released in 1996. The  Caroline Vasicek as Belle,

Ann Mandrella as Babette, and Rosita Mewis as Mrs. Potts.

The Original London Cast Recording was released in 1997. The principal cast included Julie-Alanah Brighten as Belle,  Mary Millar as Mrs Potts.

The Original Stuttgart Cast Recording was released in 1998. The principal cast included  Leah Delos Santos as Belle and Ann Mandrella as Babette.

The Original Madrid Cast Recording was released in 1999. The principal cast included Xenia Reguant as Belle, Kirby Navarro as Mrs Potts. A second cast recording for the new production was released in May 2008, starring Julia Möller as Belle, and Angels Jiménez as Mrs Potts.

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1994 Tony Awards
Best Musical Nominated
Best Book of a Musical Linda Woolverton Nominated
Best Original Score Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Linda Thompson Nominated
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Terrence Mann Nominated
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Susan Egan Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Gary Beach Nominated
Best Direction of a Musical Robert Jess Roth Nominated
Best Costume Design Ann Hould-Ward Won
Best Lighting Design Natasha Katz Nominated
Drama Desk Award
Outstanding Musical Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Musical Terrence Mann Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Musical Susan Egan Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Burke Moses Nominated
Outstanding Choreography Matt West Nominated
Outstanding Orchestrations Danny Troob Nominated
Outstanding Lyrics Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Linda Thompson Nominated
Outstanding Music Alan Menken Nominated
Outstanding Sound Design T. Richard Fitzgerald Nominated
Outstanding Special Effects Jim Steinmeyer and John Gaughan Nominated

Original London production[edit]Edit

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1998 Laurence Olivier Award Best New Musical Won
Best Theatre Choreographer Matt West Nominated
Best Costume Design Ann Hould-Ward Nominated

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