Beauty and the Beast

Musical

Writers: Alan Menken Tim Rice Howard Ashman

Context

Based on the smash hit 1991 Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast is one of the most successful screen-to-stage adaptations of all time, grossing nearly $1.5 billion in 13 different countries since its 1994 Broadway premiere.

The source material for Beauty and the Beast is a classic French fairy tale, La Belle et la Bête, first published in 1740. Many of the details of this story were changed for the Disney film and subsequent musical (for instance, the character upon whom Belle is based originally had two older sisters and three brothers) and many others were added (including the enchanted

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