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

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

by Original Broadway CastOriginal Broadway Cast


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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?

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/1994
Label: Walt Disney Records
UPC: 0050086086177
catalogNumber: 60861
Rank: 65635

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Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
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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