Mr. Beach originated the role of the chevaleresque candelabra Lumiere in Disney’s inaugural Broadway production, Beauty and the Beast.
Disney Theatrical Productions will celebrate the life of late Tony Award-winning actor Gary Beach with a marquee tribute at the New Amsterdam Theatre (currently home to Aladdin) July 20 at 6:45 PM. The Broadway veteran died July 17 in Palm Springs, California at the age of 70.
Mr. Beach earned a Tony nomination for creating the role of Lumiere in the 1994 Broadway premiere of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The production marked Disney Theatrical Productions' arrival on Broadway. He later won the Tony Award in 2001 for playing Roger De Bris in the Mel Brook's Broadway smash The Producers.