Exclusive: How Disney Is Bringing an All-New Beauty and the Beast to the Stage

Regional News   Exclusive: How Disney Is Bringing an All-New Beauty and the Beast to the Stage
 
A new approach to the enchanted characters and elements from the live-action remake bring this all-new version to life.

Disney’s 1991 animated feature film Beauty and the Beast has returned to the stage in a newly imagined adaptation inspired by the 2017 live-action film remake. A team of Broadway talent spent the last two years shaping the production, which premiered November 7 on the Disney Dream cruise ship.

<i>Beauty and the Beast </i>on Disney Cruise Line
Beauty and the Beast on Disney Cruise Line Steven Diaz/Disney

Director-choreographer Connor Gallagher (Tangled: The Musical, Found) leads a creative team that includes writer Sara Wordsworth, set designer Jason Sherwood, and video designer Aaron Rhyne—all three of whom collaborated on Disney Cruise Line's Frozen show. The team also features puppet designer Jeff Conover, costume designer Sarah Cubbage, and Tony-nominated lighting designer Japhy Weideman. Arrangements and orchestrations are by Matt Castle and Frank Galgano.

In the exclusive video interview above, the creative team gives Playbill a first-look at the new production, and a glimpse into the creative process for this all-new re-imagined Beauty and the Beast.

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Songs from the 1991 animated original are complemented by “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Days in the Sun,” both from the 2017 live action film that starred Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. The production also takes a fresh approach to bring the enchanted characters of Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Madame Garderobe, and more, to life on stage in a whole new way.

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