By Michael Gioia
07 Apr 2012
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
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.")