Beauty and the Beast:Donny Osmond to star as Gaston

Donny Osmond will be making his return to Broadway as Gaston in Disney�s Beauty And The Beast. He will begin performances on the 19 Sep 2006 for a limited 9-week engagement.

Donny Osmond's role as Gaston in Beauty And The Beast will be his first return to Broadway since making his debut in 1982 in 'Little Johnny Jones'. "I opened and closed that show in one night, and I remember thinking 'One of these days, I'm going to do it right,� � said Donny Osmond. �Now almost 25 years later I have the chance-- I couldn�t do it any more right than joining such an iconic show as �Beauty.� I can�t wait to get started!"

�I have known Donny for almost a decade and had a great time working with him,� producer Thomas Schumacher said. �He's a brilliant performer and a great guy. We are all thrilled he's joining our production.�

Beauty And The Beast opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre in 1994, where it played more than 2,250 performances, becoming the longest-running show ever at the theatre.

The production moved to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 1999, where it is also the longest-running tenant at this theatre, having played 2,678 performances. The musical is currently booking to the 22 Oct 2006.

Beauty And The Beast is Broadway's longest running American musical and the 6th longest running musical of all time. Seen in 13 countries, the total worldwide attendance stands at more than 25 million people, making it one of the world�s most-seen musicals.

Disney�s Beauty And The Beast, features Steve Blanchard (The Beast), Ashley Brown (Belle), Grant Norman (Gaston), Jacob Young as Lumiere, Christopher Duva (Cogsworth), Jeanne Lehmann (Mrs. Potts), Jamie Ross (Maurice), Aldrin Gonzales (Lefou), Meredith Inglesby (Babette) and Gina Ferrall (Madame de la Grande Bouche). Trevor Braun and Alexander Scheitinger alternate the role of Chip.

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 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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