Role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast Goes to Notorious Soprano

News   Role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast Goes to Notorious Soprano Jamie-Lynn Sigler will assume the role of Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler will assume the role of Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Sigler, who portrays Meadow Soprano in the acclaimed HBO series "The Sopranos," will make her Broadway debut when she begins her run in the Disney musical this fall. Sarah Litzsinger, who currently stars in the stage adaptation of the 1991 animated film, will play her last performance on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Tony Soprano's pride and joy on "The Sopranos" made her professional debut at the age of 12 in the national tour of a musical version of "It's a Wonderful Life." Her other theatrical credits include productions of The Diary of Anne Frank, The Goodbye Girl, The Wizard of Oz and the recent tour of Cinderella. Sigler also appeared in the films "Brooklyn State of Mind" and "Campfire Stories."

Beauty and the Beast features the Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman as well as tunes written especially for the stage version by Menken and Evita lyricist Tim Rice. The book was written by the author of the original screenplay, Linda Woolverton, and the musical was directed by Robert Jess Roth.

Beauty and the Beast plays at the Lunt-Fontanne (205 W. 46th Street), and tickets may be purchased at the theatre's box office or by calling (212) 307-4747.