Photo Coverage: Beauty and the Beast's 5000th Performance
Disney's Beauty and the Beast celebrated its 5,000th performance, Tuesday, June 20, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street).
Stars of ABC Daytime turned out to celebrate the occasion and to welcome "All My Children" star Jacob Young to Broadway. Young recently made his Broadway debut in the production as Lumiere. On the aisle at the Lunt-Fontanne were stars of ABC's "All My Children:" Susan Lucci, David Canary, Walt Willey, Cameron Mathison, Jeff Branson, Justin Bruening, Melissa Eagan, Colin Egglesfield, Connie Fletcher, Alexa Havins, Michael Knight, Alicia Minshew, Alec Musser, Charles Parnell, Marcus Patrick, Leven Rambin, Crishell Stause and Aiden Turner, and stars of ABC's "One Life to Live": Erika Slezak, Kathy Brier, Nathaniel Marston, Paul Satterfield, Kamar De Los Reyes, Kerry Butler and Forbes March. Donny Osmond, who will return to Broadway this fall in Disney's Beauty and the Beast as Gaston, was also in attendance. Also on hand for the milestone 5,000th performance was director Robert Jess Roth and composer Alan Menken.
Beauty and the Beast opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre in 1994, where it played more than 2,250 performances, becoming the longest-running show ever to run at the legendary theatre. The production moved to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 1999, where it is also the longest-running tenant at this theatre, having played 2,678 performances. On June 20th, Beauty and the Beast will hit yet another milestone--its 5,000th performance on Broadway. The show, which features a score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, currently stars Steve Blanchard as the Beast, Sarah Litzsinger as Belle, Grant Norman as Gaston, and Jacob Young as Lumiere, Jeanne Lehman as Mrs. Potts, Christopher Duva as Cogsworth, Jamie Ross as Maurice, Meredith Inglesby as Babette, Gina Ferrall as Madame de la Grande Bouche and Aldrin Gonzalez as Lefou. Trevor Braun and Alexander Scheitinger alternate the role of Chip.
Christen Steward and Jacob Young
Marcus Patrick, Melissa Eagan, Jacob Young and Aiden Turner
Jacob Young and Donny Osmond
Walt Willey and family
Jacob Young, Susan Lucci and Walt Willey
Alec Musser and Celia Kelly
Colin Egglesfield and Katrin Aul
Marysol Castro and her grandfather, Zarry Zimer
Eddie Alderson, Erica Slezak and Kristen Alderson
Forbes March with daughter Marina and wife Vanessa
Gina Ferrall and Meredith Inglesby
Jacob Young and Grant Norman
Joe Mazzarino and Kerry Butler
Jeff Branson and Jaimie Foley
Jacob Young and Christen Steward
Connie Fletcher and Aaron Staton