Beauty and the Beast [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is not the kind of film that needs a direct-to-video sequel, though one has already been made. Every spin-off product which falls short of this classic serves only as a mockery. The best idea by far was to carry the film to Broadway, where it has developed into one of the best examples of a true theater experience, and a classic in its own right. There is no gimmick, no distortion of the tale or of the film; everything that made the film so magical is right there on stage -- it is not an addition to the film, but a tribute. What is added is a grander experience, including a song which was originally intended for the film, but left out due to...
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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is not the kind of film that needs a direct-to-video sequel, though one has already been made. Every spin-off product which falls short of this classic serves only as a mockery. The best idea by far was to carry the film to Broadway, where it has developed into one of the best examples of a true theater experience, and a classic in its own right. There is no gimmick, no distortion of the tale or of the film; everything that made the film so magical is right there on stage -- it is not an addition to the film, but a tribute. What is added is a grander experience, including a song which was originally intended for the film, but left out due to time constraints and editing tugs. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman Little Shop of Horrors had hoped to take the film to Broadway, but plans were stalled when Ashman passed away in 1991. Menken then collaborated with Tim Rice to develop new material that would extend the musical into a full-length play. There may not have been reason to own the Broadway Cast Recording, aside from being a fan of Susan Egan's voice of Belle, if not for these extra songs. Each one could have fit in perfectly with the film -- they aren't simply shoveled in as bonuses, but make the whole picture bigger and fuller. Every major character has their own new song, the standout being "Home," which is sung by Belle upon arriving at the Beast's castle. "Me," sung by the handsome and evil Gaston, is a boisterous love song to himself, stuffed with witty lines like "women can have their uses too/mainly to extend the family tree." Even the Beast has his solo moment with the dark, mournful ballad "If I Can't Love Her." The household objects who gave Disney World a new theme of "Be Our Guest," reveal their longings to return to human form in "Human Again," the only new song which was written by Howard Ashman. There is something for all fans here, even those who prefer the clear-cut original versions and voices from the animated film. What is better: throwing in a new, weaker story line and lesser animation to pop out sequels on video or taking originals like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King to 42nd street, where they can shine?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/1994
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050086086177
  • Catalog Number: 60861
  • Sales rank: 7,537

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Ken Cooper Harpsichord
David Nadien Violin
Dominic Cortese Accordion
Sanford Allen Violin
Julius Baker Flute, Piccolo
Neil Balm Trumpet, Cornet
Belinda Whitney-Barratt Violin
Vicki Bodner English Horn, Oboe
Jeff Carney Bass
Glen Estrin French Horn
Paul Faulise Tuba, Bass Trombone
Barry Finclair Cello
Gerald Tarack Cello
Cecilia Hobbs Violin
Tony Kadleck Trumpet, Cornet, Piccolo Trumpet
Maria Kitsopoulos Cello
Charles Libove Violin
Joe Passaro Percussion
John Redsecker Drums
Sheila Reinhold Violin
Kathy Sommer Synthesizer
Frederick Zlotkin Cello
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Ann Labin Violin
David Ogden Stiers Narrator
Dale Stuckenbruck Violin
George Wozniak Violin
Michael Kosarin Conductor
Alva Hunt Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Piccolo
Caryl Paisner Cello
Marc Goldberg Bassoon, Contrabassoon
Janet Weber Upright Bass
Evan Johnson Violin
Tony Cecere French Horn
Keri Ann DiBari Clarinet, Flute
Glen Kelly Synthesizer
Joe Kimura Cello
Rudy Perrault Violin
Gerry Ranck Harpsichord
Jeff Lang French Horn
Stacey Shames Harp
Technical Credits
Bruce Botnick Producer, Engineer
Alan Menken Producer
Michael Starobin Orchestration
Michael Kosarin Arranger, Music Direction
Claudia Mielnik Art Direction
John M. Atherlay Stage Manager
John Rafael Carlotto Sound Effects
Glen Kelly Dance Arrangement
Robert Jess Roth Director
Pat Sosnow Stage Manager
Kim Vernace Stage Manager
Matt West Choreographer
Daniel Troob Orchestration
David Friedman Vocal Arrangements, Musical Supervision
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An Essential for and Broadway Fan!

    I got this for Christmas two years ago and returned it for a different cd. WORST MISTAKE EVER! Found it a few months later, thought I'd give it a try, LOVED IT! First time I listen to the whole cd it brought back so many memories from when I was 6 years old and I got to see the Boradway Touring Company! Beauitful cd, Susan's voice is one to die for. And I always feel like dancing when Be Our Guest comes on!

    This is a MUST for anyone who loves this story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    beauty and the beast

    hello im 12 years old my name is john this is a awsome cast susan is a perfect belle but before u buy this check out the london cast to !! the london cast of b+b has a longer version of be our guest and aslo gaston !! plus if u like other diff cast like germany ,vennia is my fav casue of the drums in the orcashrta ,dutch london australia , japan which is hard to find and spanish that is really hard to find! well if u like susan egan get this cd it is worth it !!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    Susan Egan has a most beautiful voice, and it's like Belle, Burke Moses has murkey perfect Gaston voice, and the singing is delightful, a wonderful cast. I simply love it and recommend it.My favorite song is "Maison Des Lunes"

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