PLAYBILL PICKS: From Jafar to Scar to Gaston, A Rogues' Gallery of Disney Stage Villains

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10 Apr 2012

With the Broadway arrival of the new Disney musical Newsies — a show with a surprising history-inspired antagonist — we take a look at the most notorious baddies from Disney's musical stage adaptations. Who's your favorite in the Hall of Shame?



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Burke Moses
Photo by Joan Marcus

Villain: Gaston
Musical: Beauty and the Beast
Crime: No beast alive stands a chance against him — and no girl, for that matter! Gaston, the boorish, brainless and conceited village huntsman, is admired by all the townsfolk except one — the beautiful and charming bookworm, Belle. When Gaston realizes that Belle is unavailable and unattainable, he promises himself that he will do whatever it takes to marry her, even if that means having her father, Maurice, committed to an asylum — and taking down the Beast.
Onstage: The role of Gaston was created by Burke Moses in the animated film's Broadway musical adaptation, which officially opened at the Palace Theatre April 18, 1994. The long-running Tony-nominated musical featured an additional song for the villainous hunter by award-winning composer Alan Menken entitled "Me," in which Gaston sings his praises — literally — in an attempt to persuade Belle to marry him.
Musical Numbers: Aside from Gaston's first-act ballad, "Me," the Disney cad promises to kill the Beast in "The Mob Song" and send Maurice to the "Maison de Lunes." (He also duets with Lefou on "Gaston.")

For more on Broadway's Beauty and the Beast, visit the Playbill Vault.

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