Beauty and the Beast Jeanne Lehmann and Meredith Inglesby join cast.

Disney�s Beauty And The Beast welcomes two cast members � Jeanne Lehmann assumes the role of Mrs. Potts from Alma Cuervo and Meredith Inglesby assumes the role of Babette from Pam Klinger. Both actresses began performances this week.

Jeanne Lehmann (Mrs. Potts) was last seen on Broadway as 'Mother Abbess' in Sound of Music with Richard Chamberlain.

Meredith Inglesby (Babette) is making her Broadway debut as 'Babette' in Beauty and the Beast. She was last seen in the National Tour of Disney's On the Record (Original Cast Recording). Regional credits include: Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Roxie Hart in Chicago.

Disney�s Beauty And The Beast, currently in its 12th year on Broadway, features Steve Blanchard as the Beast, Ashley Brown as Belle, Grant Norman as Gaston, Peter Flynn as Lumiere, Jeanne Lehman as Mrs. Potts, Jeff Brooks as Cogsworth, Jamie Ross as Maurice, Meredith Inglesby as Babette, Mary Stout as Madame de la Grande Bouche and Aldrin Gonzalez as Lefou. Trevor Braun and Alexander Scheitinger alternate the role of Chip.

Beauty And The Beast 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. The musical is also the longest running tenant in the history of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where it is now playing.

Beauty And The Beast is Broadway's longest running American musical and the 6th longest running show of all time.

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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