Got a light? It's a phrase the last two characters Bryan Batt has played on Broadway — Monty the sleazy deejay in Saturday Night Fever and the obstreperous Cat in Seussical — might have uttered. But now Batt gets to burn — literally — as he takes over the role of Lumiere the candelabara in Broadway's Beauty and the Beast starting Aug. 14.
Batt, taking over for Patrick Page (who leaves Aug. 12), joins the current Beast and Belle, Steve Blanchard and Sarah Litzinger. Earlier Lumieres included Paul Schoeffler and original cast member Gary Beach, who won a Tony this year for his role in The Producers.
According to production spokespersons, also in the current cast are Christopher Sieber as Gaston, Barbara Marineau as Mrs. Potts, Jeff Brooks as Cogsworth, J.B. Adams as Maurice, Pam Klinger as Babette, Judith Moore as Madame de la Grande Bouche and Brad Aspel as Lefou, with Harrison Chad and William Ullrich alternating in the role of Chip.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast celebrated its seventh year on Broadway April 18. Currently situated at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, after years at the Palace, Beauty is gearing up to reach the 3,000 performances mark in early fall.
Beauty and the Beast, which opened at the Palace Theatre on April 18, 1994, was adapted from the popular animated Disney feature by the same name. It features songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton. For tickets and information call (212) 307-4747.