"Beauty And The Beast' celebrates its 4500th performance

Disney�s Beauty And The Beast, which is the sixth longest running show of all time and Broadway�s current longest running American musical, will celebrate its 4,500th performance on Friday the 8 Apr 2005.

The show originally opened on the 18 Apr 1994 at the Palace Theatre, where it played more than 2,250 performances, becoming the longest-running show ever to play that theatre. Beauty And The Beast is also the longest running tenant in the history of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where it is now playing.

Beauty And The Beast is the classic love story of Belle, a young woman in a small, provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped in a spell placed on him by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and to be loved, the spell will be broken and he will be transformed back to his former self. But time is running out, and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he will be doomed for all eternity.

Disney's Beauty And The Beast stars Steve Blanchard as the Beast and Brooke Tansley as Belle. Grant Norman is Gaston, Jeff Brooks is Cogsworth, Peter Flynn is Lumiere, Alma Cuervo is Mrs. Potts, Jamie Ross is Maurice, Aldrin Gonzales is Lefou, Pam Klinger is Babette and Mary Stout is Madame de la Grande Bouche. Matthew Gumley and Patrick Henney alternate the role of Chip.

Disney's Beauty And The Beast features Alan Menken's Academy Award-winning score, songs by the late Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (including the Academy Award-winning title song 'Be Our Guest'), plus songs written especially for the stage by Alan Menken and Tim Rice (including 'If I Can't Love Her' and 'A Change In Me'). Book is by Linda Woolverton, author of the original screenplay. The musical is choreographed by Matt West and directed by Robert Jess Roth. Sets are by Stan Meyer, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, and lighting by Natasha Katz.

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