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"Beauty and the Beast" Overture

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"Beauty and the Beast" Overture#1
Posted: 9/16/20 at 10:07pm

Does anyone know if any official cast recordings of "Beauty and the Beast" contain the overture? It's not long, but I love it and can't find an official recording, since they probably added it after they recorded for the Broadway production. (It's also not on the OLC.)

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Posted: 9/16/20 at 10:15pm

Yes, from the 2017 film. Probably not what you were looking for, but there doesn't seem to be any other official recording, I looked awhile ago too. 

 

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"Beauty and the Beast" Overture#3
Posted: 9/16/20 at 10:22pm

As far as I know the stage version of the Overture is not included on any available commercial cast recording English or otherwise. There is a Russian language cast album produced by Stage Entertainment from 2009 and the first track translates to "Overture" but I have not heard this album and I am not certain the Overture is actually included. It could just be the Prologue or perhaps the Overture and Prologue are one track.

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Posted: 9/16/20 at 11:58pm

The overture for the movie is not the same as the stage version. 

I don't think it was ever recorded on any of the cast recordings. 

Here is a pretty good live recording, though--LINK

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Posted: 9/17/20 at 12:14am

CATSNYrevival said: "As far as I know the stage version of the Overture isnot included on any available commercial cast recordingEnglish or otherwise. There is a Russian languagecast album produced by Stage Entertainment from 2009 and the first track translates to "Overture" but I have not heard this album and I am not certain the Overture is actually included. It could just be the Prologue or perhaps the Overture and Prologue are one track."

I have the Russian albums (there are 2, with different cast). It doesn't include the real overture. It's the prologue "once upon a time...".

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Posted: 9/17/20 at 12:28am

musicals1989 said: "The overture for the movie is not the same as the stage version.

Yeah, I'm aware of that which is why I stated "Probably not what you were looking for". 

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Posted: 9/18/20 at 8:13am

Sutton Ross said: "musicals1989 said: "The overture for the movie is not the same as the stage version.

Yeah, I'm aware of that which is why I stated "Probably not what you were looking for".
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Posted: 9/18/20 at 9:52am

I saw this on Broadway back when...I've also BEEN in the show. I don't remember this overture AT ALL! And now that I watched that link below, I'm continuing to wonder why it needs to exist when the prologue already exists and is brilliant. The tone differences back to back doesn't help it's case.

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Posted: 9/18/20 at 2:36pm
I think it was a way to get the audience in their seats. I've seen the show performed with and without the Overture and it definitely has always put me into focus with it.
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Posted: 9/18/20 at 4:57pm

JennH said: "I saw this on Broadway back when...I've also BEEN in the show. I don't remember this overture AT ALL! And now that I watched that link below, I'm continuing to wonder why it needs to existwhen the prologue already exists and is brilliant. The tone differences back to back doesn't help it's case."

Depending on when you saw the show on Broadway, you may very well have seen it without the Overture. It wasn't added until later in the run. Personally, I like it and I like the way it leads into the Prologue. I don't find the change in tone to be an issue. In the Networks tour they cut the first bar or so of the Prologue, probably in an effort to ease that transition, but I don't know if that would have helped matters for you.

Updated On: 9/18/20 at 04:57 PM