BWW TV Exclusive: Saying Au Revoir To Beauty and the Beast

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Saying goodbye is never easy - especially to a musical that has touched the hearts and souls of so many during it's 13+ years on Broadway. BroadwayWorld invites you, our readers, to take a journey back in this exclusive video retrospective featuring highlights, memories and more from Disney's Beauty and the Beast which will play its final performance on Sunday, July 29th, 2007. Beauty and the Beastofficially opened on Broadway on April 18, 1994 and played at the Palace Theatre for the first five years of its run. The production transferred to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 11, 1999.  The musical is the 6th longest-running Broadway show of all time. 

The musical, directed by Robert Jess Roth, features Alan Menken's Academy Award-winning score, with songs by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman (including the Academy Award-winning title song and the show-stopping "Be Our Guest"), plus songs written especially for the stage by Alan Menken and Tim Rice (including "If I Can't Love Her" and "A Change In Me").   The production also features a book by Linda Woolverton, author of the original screenplay and choreography by Matt West.  Sets are by Stanley A. Meyer, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award-winner for Beauty and the Beast) and lighting by Natasha Katz (Tony Award-winner for Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA). 

Today, the cast includes Anneliese van der Pol as Belle, Steve Blanchard as the Beast, Stephen Buntrock as Gaston, David Devries as Lumiere, Jeanne Lehman as Mrs. Potts, Glenn Rainey as Cogsworth, Jamie Ross as Maurice, Ann Mandrella as Babette, Mary Stout as Madame de la Grande Bouche, Aldrin Gonzalez as Lefou, and Trevor Braun and Marlon Sherman alternating in the role of Chip. 

The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.  There are three easy ways to get tickets to Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway – Online at www.disneyonbroadway.com, via Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4747 or www.ticketmaster.com, and in person at the Lunt-Fontanne box office (205 West 46th Street).  Tickets are $40 - $110 for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances and $40 - $115 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. 

Visit www.disneyonbroadway.com for more information.

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