The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, currently running Disney's Beauty and the Beast was spared any damage from a fire at the neighboring Gaiety Theatre on West 46th Street on Feb. 24.
Beauty and the Beast moved to the Lunt-Fontanne from the Palace Theatre in December 1999 after the Nederlander Organization invested four months worth of renovations on the interior of the house.
A Playbill On-Line source on the scene said that firemen confirmed there was no damage to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from the fire next door at the Gaiety, which runs a male revue.
Reached late in the afternoon, Feb. 24, one box office person at the Gaiety Theatre denied that there was a fire or any kind of fire department activity at the building. In a subsequent call, a Gaiety staffer said that while there had been fire trucks at the building during the day Feb. 24, there was no indication of a fire in the building.
Reached for comment Feb. 25, a spokesperson at the New York City Fire Department's press office could not confirm that there had been departmental activity at the theatre Feb. 24, and would not provide assistance in contacting the appropriate station house directly.