Live-Action "Beauty and the Beast" Won't Feature Songs Penned for Broadway Musical

News   Live-Action "Beauty and the Beast" Won't Feature Songs Penned for Broadway Musical
In an Entertainment Weekly interview with Alan Menken about the re-release of the hit Disney film "Aladdin," the Tony and Oscar-winning composer also spoke about the forthcoming live-action "Beauty and the Beast" film, which is scheduled for release March 17, 2017.
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Menken told EW that all of the songs from the original animated film will be heard in the live-action version, although none of the songs that were added to the property's Broadway debut made the film.

"I would’ve taken 'If I Can’t Love Her,' but the problem is that was for a very specific moment to end Act I of the Broadway show," Menken said. "There’s a moment where the Beast drives her away and he regrets that. But I think [director] Bill [Condon] built a more promising moment for the film, which is when he lets her go and he watches her leave. And as he watches her leave, he sings."

The composer also revealed that three new songs have been written for the film, including "Forever More" and "Days in the Sun."

The 1991 "Beauty and the Beast" film featured songs by Menken and the late Howard Ashman. The 1994 Broadway musical had additional songs by Menken and Tim Rice, who penned lyrics for the new songs for the forthcoming live-action film.

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