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Beauty and the Beast has its highest gross ever on Broadway

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST had its highest gross ever in its 11-year history on Broadway for the week of December 27-January 2.

The production grossed $1,044,028, filling the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to 100% capacity, and breaking last year's record for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST for $986,950 for the same New Year's Eve holiday week.

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST stars Steve Blanchard as the Beast and Brooke Tansley as Belle. Grant Norman is Gaston, Alma Cuervo is Mrs. Potts, Jeff Brooks is Cogsworth, Peter Flynn is Lumiere, Jamie Ross is Maurice, Pam Klinger is Babette, Mary Stout is Madame de la Grande Bouche, Aldrin Gonzalez is Lefou, Henry Hodges and Alex Rutherford alternate the role of Chip.

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST features Alan Menken=s Academy Award-winning score, songs by the late Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (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"). Book is by Linda Woolverton, author of the original screenplay. Disney=s 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.

Disney's 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 performance schedule for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) is as follows: Tuesday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday at 2:00 PM, Thursday at 7:00 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM. For tickets and information, please call Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4747.

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