“Beauty and the Beast,” which returns Friday to the Orpheum Theater after a June 2010 engagement, has had an incredible run.
The classic 1740 French fairy tale was reborn in 1991 as a smash-hit animated movie that was nominated for best picture and won Oscars for best song and score.
Then it became a Broadway musical, earning nine Tony nominations (it won for costumes) in 1994 and going on to become one of the 10 longest-running musicals (13 years).
It has toured in 21 countries and played to 35 million people.
This is the classic story of Belle, a strong-willed woman in a small village, and the Beast, a young prince trapped in hideous form by a spell. He must learn to love and be loved before a rose drops all its petals, or he will remain a beast forever.
Six songs from the movie version are in the Broadway show, including “Be Our Guest” and the title song by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman. Menken and Rice added six new songs for the stage version. The script is by Linda Woolverton, who also wrote the movie screenplay.
Director Rob Roth and the original design team retooled the show in 2009 for the current tour version.
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