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Scoop: Alan Menken Reveals Which Broadway Songs Made the Cut, Plus Three New Tunes for Disney's Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

BroadwayWorld has the latest scoop on the songs for Disney's new, live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and it's a good news-bad news scenario.

In a roundtable with Entertainment Weekly, Alan Menken elaborated on the three new songs he and Tim Rice have written for the film. But unfortunately, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will not be featuring any of the Broadway musical's original tunes.

Menken told EW, "I would've taken 'If I Can't Love Her,' but the problem is that was for a very specific moment to end Act I of the Broadway show. There's a moment where the Beast drives her away and he regrets that. But I think Bill [Condon] built a more promising moment for the film, which is when he lets her go and he watches her leave. And as he watches her leave, he sings."

What the Beast sings is a new song -- written by Menken and Rice -- called "Forever More". There is also a tune titled "Days in the Sun," as well as a third song Menken didn't mention by name.

All of the songs from the animated classic, written by Menken and the late Howard Ashman, will be featured in the film.

On whether the new melodies were inspired by those from the animated movie, Menken replied, "Similar. Sort of a cousin of 'If I Can't Love Her.' So yes, there's new songs and I'll be scoring that in the spring. It's exciting."

Disney's live action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as the vain villain Gaston and Josh Gad as his sidekick Le Fou. The Bill Condon-helmed project follows the classic French fairy tale of a young woman who takes her father's 'place as a prisoner in a monstrous being's castle, only to fall in love with the creature who turns out to be a prince.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will hit theaters on March 17, 2017.

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