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.
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.
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.