Beauty and the Beast Celebrates 13th Anniversary April 18
By Andrew Gans
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which will play its final performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre July 29, celebrates its 13th Broadway anniversary April 18.
More than 125 actors who have performed in the long-running show will gather onstage following the matinee performance for a giant cast photo. A private party will follow.
Among those scheduled to participate in the giant cast photo are Robert Jess Roth (director), Alan Menken (music), Linda Woolverton (book), Stanley Meyer (scenic design), Matt West (choreographer), Michael Kosarin (music director), Keith Batten (associate director) and cast members Sherry Anderson, Ana Andricain, Ann Arvia, Joan Barber, Peter Bartlett, Gary Beach, Jeremy Bergman, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Steve Blanchard, Trevor Braun, Jeff Brooks, Ashley Brown, Stephen Buntrock, Andrea Burns, Joey Caravaglio, Alex Carney, Lesley Castay, Adam Castner, Harrison Chad, Jennifer Cody, Paul Cole, Pierce Cravens, Alma Cuervo, Michael Demby-Cain, David DeVries, Joey DiConcetto, MacIntyre Dixon, Matt Dotzman, Karl Duhoffman, Sally Mae Dunn, Peter Flynn, Barb Folts, Beth Fowler, Robert Fowler, Jonathan Freeman, Terri Furr, Connor Gallagher, Gregory Garrison, Tracy Generalovich, Deborah Gibson, Aldrin Gonzalez, Zachery Grill, Skip Harris, Jack Hayes, Patrick Henney, Henry Hodges, Meredith Inglesby, Steve Jones, John Christopher Jones, Nicholas King, Alisa Klein, Steve Konopelski, Lauren Kosarin, Marc Kudisch, Patrick Lavery, Steve Lavner, Jeanne Lehman, Robin Lewis, Michelle Lookadoo, Stephanie Lynge, Michelle Mallardi, Jennifer Marcum, Stuart Marland, Andrea McArdle, Megan McGinnis, William Paul Michals, Garrett Miller, Chris Monteleone, Judith Moore, Cass Morgan, Bill Nabel, Brynn O’Malley, Renee Lawless Orsini, James Patterson, Vince Pesce, Elizabeth Polito, Stacee Raber, Lee Roy Reams, Rod Roberts, Jamie Ross, Alex Rutherford, Raymond Sage, Ann Sanders, Daria Lynn Scatton, Jeff Schector, Alex Scheitinger, Marlon Sherman, Jennifer Schrader, Brett Shuford, Sarah Solie, David Spangenthal, Gina Statile, Erin Stoddard, Mary Stout, Rob Sutton, Cheryl Swift, James Tabeek, Linda Talcott-Lee, Brooke Tansley, John Tartaglia, Ann Van Cleave, Anneliese van der Pol, Elisa van Duyne, Billy Vitelli, Brek Williams, Jennifer Hope Wills, David Wood, Wysandria Woolsey, Jacob Young and Tia Marie Zorne.
Beauty and the Beast officially opened at Broadway's Palace Theatre April 18, 1994. The musical began its run at the Lunt-Fontanne Nov. 11, 1999.
When it closes, Beauty will have played a total of 46 previews and 5,464 regular performances.
The current cast includes Anneliese van der Pol as Belle, Steve Blanchard as the Beast, Stephen Buntrock as Gaston, John Tartaglia as Lumiere, Jeanne Lehman as Mrs. Potts, Jonathan Freeman as Cogsworth, Jamie Ross as Maurice, Meredith Inglesby as Babette, Mary Stout as Madame de la Grande Bouche, Aldrin Gonzalez as Lefou, and Trevor Braun and Marlon Sherman alternating in the role of Chip.
Beauty and the Beast, the sixth longest-running show in Broadway history, 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.
For more information visit Walt Disney Theatricals on-line at www.disneyonbroadway.com.
Disney's The Little Mermaid is scheduled to begin previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Nov. 3 with an official opening Dec. 6.
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