Donny Osmond Departs Beauty and the Beast Dec. 24

News   Donny Osmond Departs Beauty and the Beast Dec. 24 Pop star Donny Osmond and theatre favorite Sarah Uriarte Berry play their final performances as, respectively, Gaston and Belle in Broadway's Beauty and the Beast Dec. 24.
Donny Osmond in Beauty and the Beast.
Donny Osmond in Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Osmond and Berry began their Beauty stints Sept. 19. Originally scheduled for a nine-week run, Osmond later extended his engagement in the long-running musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Beauty marked the first time Osmond has appeared on Broadway since his 1982 Main Stem debut in Little Johnny Jones. "I opened and closed [Little Johnny Jones] in one night," Osmond said in a previous statement, "and I remember thinking, 'One of these days, I'm going to do it right.' 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."

Stephen R. Buntrock will succeed Osmond and Deborah Lew will become the new Belle on Dec. 26.

In addition to his pop success with the Osmond Family — including the hit TV series "The Donny & Marie Show" — Donny Osmond also starred in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He was the singing voice of Captain Shang in Disney's "Mulan," and he also recently hosted the game show "Pyramid."

Sarah Uriarte Berry has appeared on Broadway in The Light in the Piazza, Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast and Taboo. She also took part in the City Center Encores! productions of The Boys From Syracuse and Tenderloin. She has toured in productions of Carousel and Sunset Boulevard and was seen in the Kennedy Center mounting of A Little Night Music. 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."

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.

Tickets may be purchased at the Lunt-Fontanne 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.