By Andrew Gans
20 Jun 2006
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
The musical, which is currently playing the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, will celebrate the milestone with a party at Planet Hollywood following the 8 PM performance. Beauty and the Beast, which marked its 12th anniversary on Broadway April 18, is now the sixth longest-running show in Broadway history.
Beauty and the Beast currently features Steve Blanchard as the Beast, Sarah Litzsinger as Belle, Grant Norman as Gaston, Jacob Young as Lumiere, Jeanne Lehman as Mrs. Potts, Christopher Duva as Cogsworth, Jamie Ross as Maurice, Meredith Inglesby as Babette, Gina Ferrall as Madame de la Grande Bouche and Aldrin Gonzalez as Lefou. Trevor Braun and Alexander Scheitinger alternate in the role of the young Chip.
The musical, according to press notes, is "the classic love story of Belle, a young woman in a small, provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped in a spell placed on him by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and to be loved, the spell will be broken and he will be transformed back to his former self. But time is running out, and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he will be doomed for all eternity."
Featuring a score by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman, Beauty and the Beast boasts a book by the author of the original screenplay, Linda Woolverton; the musical was directed by Robert Jess Roth.