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Beauty and the Beast Star Ashley Brown's Diary Goes Online

Fans of young belter Ashley Brown, currently making her Broadway debut as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, will be able to read Brown's online diary at a web page dedicated to her.

"Come back often and find out everything you ever wanted to know about Ashley Brown! We'll let you know when you can come and see Ashley perform around New York City. Hear Ashley perform on the original cast album of Disney's On the Record, and visit Ashley's exclusive online diary to read her personal thoughts and exciting experiences playing Belle," state press notes.

Brown was discovered by casting director Tara Rubin almost immediately after graduating Cincinatti College-Conservatory of Music. She went on to co-star in the touring Disney show On the Record, a blend of revue and book musical that showcased dozens of songs from the Disney catalogue.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast, currently in its 12th year on Broadway, features Steve Blanchard as the Beast, Ashley Brown as Belle, Grant Norman as Gaston, Peter Flynn as Lumiere, Alma Cuervo as Mrs. Potts, Jeff Brooks as Cogsworth, Jamie Ross as Maurice, Pam Klinger as Babette, Mary Stout as Madame de la Grande Bouche and Aldrin Gonzalez as Lefou. Trevor Braun and Alexander Scheitinger alternate the role of Chip.

The show features Alan Menken's and the late Howard Ashman's Academy Award-winning score (with the added song "Human Again"), 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 show's book is by Linda Woolverton, author of the original screenplay. Beauty and the Beast is choreographed by Matt West and directed by Robert Jess Roth; sets are by Stan Meyer, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, and lighting by Natasha Katz.

Beauty and the Beast "is the classic love story of Belle, a young woman in a small, provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped in a spell placed on him by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and to be loved, the spell will be broken and he will be transformed back to his former self. But time is running out, and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he will be doomed for all eternity." The musical opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre in 1994, where it played more than 2,250 performances; it became the longest-running show ever to play that theatre. Beauty and the Beast, now also the longest running tenant in the history of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, is Broadway's longest running American musical and the 6th longest-running show of all time.

The performance schedule for Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) is as follows: Tuesday - Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm. For tickets and information, please call Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4747. Visit Disney Theatrical Productions online at Brown's online diary can be found at the following link.

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