Charles H. Stewart

show themes by
 

Beauty And The Beast

Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, based on the 1991 Disney film of the same name. Seven new songs were written for the stage musical. Beauty  ran on Broadway for 5,464 performances between 1994 and 2007, becoming Broadway's sixth-longest running production in history.  There were some differences between the movie and musical based on costume design difficulties (ie Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs Potts) and timeline.  Certain characters were expanded (Madame de la Grande Bouche, Monsieur D'Arque and Babette) while some were reduced (Chip).

Belle is a girl who is dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town, trying to fend off the misplaced "affections" of conceited Gaston. The Beast is a prince who was placed under a spell because he could not love. A wrong turn taken by Maurice, Belle's father, leads him to the Beast’s castle seeking shelter.  The Beast imprisons him for trespassing.  Belle finds him trapped in the castle and offers her place in his stead. The Beast accepts with a promise she'll remain in the castle forever. In the beginning, Belle views him as nothing more than a monster while he views her as difficult and stubborn. The two soon taste the bitter-sweetness of finding you can change and learning you were wrong.


We suggest the following backdrops for this show ...