Romano — of TV's "Even Stevens" and "Kim Possible" fame — is the latest actress to portray Belle in the long-running Disney musical. The actress, who made her Broadway debut as Mary Phagan in Lincoln Center's Parade, replaces Megan McGinnis, who played her final performance Feb. 15.
Jeff McCarthy, who was part of the original and final casts of Urinetown, returns to the role of the Beast for eight weeks, Feb. 17-April 11. Steve Blanchard, who he succeeds, will return April 13. And, Cabaret's Alma Cuervo replaces Cass Morgan as Mrs. Potts.
The company also currently features Chris Hoch as Gaston, David de Vries as Lumiere, Jeff Brooks as Cogsworth, Jamie Ross as Maurice, Pam Klinger as Babette, Marguerite Willbanks as Madame de la Grande Bouche and Aldrin Gonzalez as Lefou. Henry Hodges and Alex Rutherford alternate the role of Chip.
Featuring a score by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman, Beauty and the Beast boasts a book by the author of the original screenplay, Linda Woolverton; the musical was directed by Robert Jess Roth. Beauty opened at the Palace Theatre April 18, 1994, and now plays the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. It is currently the seventh longest running musical in Broadway history.
Tickets may be purchased at the theatre's box office (205 W. 46th Street) or by calling (212) 307-4747. For more information, visit Walt Disney Theatricals on-line at www.disneyonbroadway.com.