BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is now playing on sailings aboard the Disney Dream ship of the Disney Cruise Line and to celebrate, Disney offered an extended sneak peek at the fabulous new Broadway-style production. Taking strong cues from the recent live-action adaptation — but with a blend of recognizable moments from the animated feature and actual Broadway production — the new show seems to be a truly exciting re-imagination of this oft-told story.
The Disney Parks live video showcased scenes from throughout the show and included a 20-minute peek at the production which included the the dazzling “Be Our Guest” and exuberant “Gaston.” If you want to jump straight to the good stuff head to the 11-minute mark in the video!
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST features songs from the original animated film’s award-winning soundtrack by acclaimed composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman. Complementing the score, the show also includes two of the new songs created for the live-action film by Menken and lyricist Tim Rice, “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Days in the Sun.” Enchanting arrangements and orchestrations by Matt Castle and Frank Galgano (“Into the Woods”) to bring a unique musical identity to the production.
Disney assembled an all-star creative team, led by director and choreographer Connor Gallagher (“Tangled: The Musical,” “Found”). Gallagher collaborated with writer Sara Wordsworth (“Frozen, A Musical Spectacular,” Broadway’s “In Transit”) and a talented collection of Broadway artists to create an imaginative, new approach to this iconic story.
Through a combination of high-definition projections, dynamic scenery and a little bit of Disney magic, this new interpretation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST creates a visual panorama that reaches beyond the stage and into the audience. Complementing the immersive set, lighting design by four-time Tony Award-nominated, Japhy Weideman, punctuates the powerful emotions of the classic tale.
Blurring the line between costuming and puppetry, costume designer Sarah Cubbage (Broadway’s “Skylight”) and puppet designer Jeff Conover joined forces to give life to the enchanted objects of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
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