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Photo Coverage: Beauty and the Beast's 5000th Performance

June 23
10:23 AM 2006

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

Jacob Young

Marcus Patrick, Melissa Eagan, Jacob Young and Aiden Turner

Jacob Young and Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond

Walt Willey and family

Jacob Young, Susan Lucci and Walt Willey

Susan Lucci

Donny Osmond and Susan Lucci

Chrishell Straus

Matthew Morrison

Kathy Brier and Matthew Morrison

Kathy Brier

Ambyr Childers

Kerry Butler

Kathy Brier and Kerry Butler

Alec Musser and Celia Kelly

Alec Musser, Susan Lucci, Michael E. Knight and David Canary

Justin Bruening, Alexa Havins and Michael E. Knight

Colin Egglesfield and Katrin Aul

Kerry Butler and Robert Jess Roth

Marysol Castro and her grandfather, Zarry Zimer

Eddie Alderson, Erica Slezak and Kristen Alderson

Forbes March with daughter Marina and wife Vanessa

Jeff Branson and Leven Rambin

 Keaton Woolverton, Linda Woolverton, Matt West, and Stephanie Eley

Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond

Gina Ferrall and Meredith Inglesby

Aldrin Gonzalez

Jamie Ross

Christopher Duva

Jeanne Lehman

Jacob Young

Jacob Young and Grant Norman

Sarah Litzsinger

Sarah Litzinger

Steve Blanchard

Joe Mazzarino and Kerry Butler

Matt West, Robert Jess Roth, Donny Osmond and Alan Menken

Donny Osmond and Steve Blanchard

Susan Lucci

Jeff Branson and Jaimie Foley

Donny Osmond, Jacob Young and Kathy Brier

Jacob Young and Christen Steward

Connie Fletcher and Aaron Staton

Craig Brockman and Courtney Glass

Trevor Braun

 Alexander Scheitinger

Sarah Litzinger

Jeanne Lehman

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.

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