Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who portrays Meadow Soprano on the acclaimed HBO series "The Sopranos," joins the cast of Beauty and the Beast Oct. 1. Her role as Belle in the hit Disney musical marks the actress' Broadway debut. Tony Soprano's pride and joy made her professional debut at the age of 12 in the national tour of a musical version of "It's a Wonderful Life." A native New Yorker, Sigler's other theatrical credits include productions of The Diary of Anne Frank, The Goodbye Girl, The Wizard of Oz and the recent tour of Cinderella. She also appeared in the films "Brooklyn State of Mind" and "Campfire Stories," and her autobiography — available from Pocket Books — is titled "Wise Girl."
The company of Beauty and the Beast currently comprises Sigler as Belle and Steve Blanchard as the Beast with Chris Hoch as Gaston, Bryan Batt as Lumiere, Beth Fowler as Mrs. Potts, Jeff Brooks as Cogsworth, J.B. Adams as Maurice, Pam Klinger as Babette, Mary Stout as Madame de la Grande Bouche and Brad Aspel as Lefou. Adam Casner and Nicholas Jonas alternate in the role of Chip.
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 the Lunt-Fontanne (205 W. 46th Street), and tickets may be purchased at the theatre's box office or by calling (212) 307-4747.