Broadway's Beauty Welcomes New Mrs. Potts and Babette

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Jeanne Lehmann and Meredith Inglesby have just joined the Broadway cast of Beauty and the Beast as, respectively, Mrs. Potts and Babette.

Lehmann has been seen on Broadway in The Sound of Music and Irene. Inglesby is making her Broadway debut in Beauty, although she was seen in the national tour of Disney's On the Record. The duo join a company that currently includes Steve Blanchard as the Beast, Ashley Brown as Belle, Grant Norman as Gaston, Peter Flynn as Lumiere, Jeff Brooks as Cogsworth, Jamie Ross as Maurice, Mary Stout as Madame de la Grande Bouche and Aldrin Gonzalez as Lefou. Trevor Braun and Alexander Scheitinger alternate in the role of the young Chip.

Beauty, 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."

Beauty and the Beast, the sixth longest-running show in Broadway history, originally opened at the Palace Theatre April 18, 1994. The production played 2,250 performances at the Palace before reopening at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where it now resides.

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. The musical plays Tuesday-Thursday evenings at 7 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 2 and 7:30 PM.

Tickets may be purchased at the theatre's box office (205 W. 46th Street) or by calling (212) 307-4747. For more information, visit Walt Disney Theatricals on-line at

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