Alan Menken Confirms 3 New Songs for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Film; Broadway Tunes Will Not Be Included
Filming is currently underway in London on Disney's highly anticipated live-action adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
Eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, who received two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, recently appeared at a new LINCOLN Center series titled 'Artist to Artist' in which he spoke about two of the three new songs he has composed for the project along with Tim Rice.
Menken revealed that the writing team created three new songs, explaining that the movie would include songs from the classic animated film, but not the theatrical production. Per Stitch Kingdom, Menken confirmed, "It's the songs from the movie, we did not fit in any songs [from the Broadway show]." He added, "The song I would have fit in from the Broadway show is 'If I Can't Love Her,' but the Beast's moment in the film is a much later moment, it would not be 'if I can't love her,' it's 'I love her but -damn it- I'm letting her go.' That lyric wouldn't really work with that music. So we wrote another song called 'Forever More,' like 'I now know what love is.' There's another song called 'Days in the Sun' which is a LULLABY as all the objects and characters living in the castle are going to sleep they're all singing about remembering before the spell. I think it's gonna be a wonderful movie."
Set for a release on March 17, 2017, the beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic.
Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston. Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. Josh Gad will take on the role of Le Fou, Ewan McGregor will portray Lumiere and six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will play Garderobe.