Game Changers: The Broadway Musicals That Shaped the Art Form

By Ben Rimalower
29 Mar 2014

Beauty and the Beast (1994)

You might be surprised to see Disney's Beauty and the Beast on a list of groundbreaking new musicals as it was basically a traditional stage musical. Even among Disney shows, The Lion King is clearly the more theatrically innovative, but Beauty and the Beast was the first of many Broadway musicals produced by juggernaut Disney Theatrical and marked the beginning of an era of corporate producing. Necessary in the economics of Broadway today, many of the top producers are corporations, including other film companies besides Disney and other presenting organizations.