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Beauty & The Beast: The Broadway Musical;Original Broadway Cast Recording [Soundtrack]

Terrence Mann, Susan Egan, Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Beauty And The Beast (Related Recordings), et al. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Silver Sounds
  • ASIN: B00000DT8E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue (The Enchantress)
2. Belle
3. No Matter What*
4. No Matter What*/Wolf Chase (reprise)
5. Me*
6. Belle (Reprise)
7. Home*
8. Home* (reprise)
9. Gaston
10. Gaston (Reprise)
11. How Long Must This Go On ?*
12. Be Our Guest
13. If I Can't Love Her*
14. Entr'acte/Wolf Chase
15. Something There
16. Human Again
17. Maison Des Lunes*
18. Beauty and the Beast
19. If I Can't Love Her* (reprise)
20. The Mob Song
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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Way back in 1991, many of us saw the single-handed salvation and revival of the old-fashioned American-style Broadway musical comedy. True, it was in the form of a feature-length Disney cartoon but Beauty and the Beast had it all: a wonderful, tuneful score (including a huge hit title-song); off-the-wall choreography; a great opposites-attract love story with an ultimately happy ending; comic subplots; colourful period costumes; a romantic location in small-town France, and an irresistible cast, including Angela Lansbury as the voice of a teapot. Alan Menken's songs, with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, literally introduced the characters ("Belle" and "Gaston") and carried them gracefully through the old fairy tale with its new animated twists.

Disney understandably decided to transpose this cinematic miracle to the Broadway stage in 1992. Beauty and the Beast at the fabled Palace Theatre has done as much as anything to revive New York's theatre district; it led to a similar animated film-to-stage transfer of The Lion King, which allowed for the magnificent restoration of the 1902 New Amsterdam Theatre, which was the cornerstone of the clean-up of 42nd Street, which in turn transformed Times Square and "Broadway" into the world's number-one tourist destination. However, on stage, Beauty and the Beast was flat, and most of that lack of fizz is, alas, captured on compact disc. The good songs are all here, such as "Be Our Guest", but the performances of them are mostly perfunctory--the exception being the vocal renderings of Susan Egan as Belle, the Beauty. Further, the Disneyfication of the Broadway musical seems to extend to faceless and interchangeable (read: cheap to hire) players, a practice that extends to The Lion King. The only "names" in the original Beauty and the Beast cast were Beth Howland as the teapot and Tom Bosley, a mere shadow of his former Fiorello, as Belle's father. Even worse, unlike The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast was not reinvented for the stage. It's my theory that the kids who made up the live audience (and many of their parents) were filling in the blanks from repeated viewings of the cartoon on video. If you're willing to do the same when only listening, this CD might do, but why, when the movie soundtrack album is available? --Robert Windeler

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Beauty & The Beast ~ Original Cast Recording

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5.0 out of 5 stars A "shiver down the spine" sensation 4 Aug 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is my second favourite musical of all-time (after The Lion King) and despite beeing slightly dissapointed by the London production of the show, the Stuttgart and Broadway productions which I have seen more recently, do the music and spectacle of this fabulous story justice. The CD contains all the songs from the movie, but the 3 minute segment of Be Our Guest in the movie is doubled on stage to create one of the most magical scenes in a musical ever. If I Can't Love Her is one of my favourite songs of all time and is only beaten, probably by Circle of Life, and shivers go down my spine every time I hear it (this also happens with the fabulous "Home"). The Broadway CD is probably the best introduction to the musical, but more recent recordings include more material, the most up-to-date CD is the Stuttgart CD, which, if you don't mind listening to it in German, has the best orchestration out of all the CDs. The addition of the song "A Change In Me" came last year but is not featured on any of the recordings, not even on the recently relased Spanish version, which is a shame because (despite slightly resembling a famous Whitney song for a few seconds on several occasions), it ranks highly with the other famous songs of the album.
Although, often the London recordings of shows can be better than those of Broadway. The London Cast CD cannot compare with this version
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 22 July 2005
By Fiona
Format:Audio CD
Everytime I listen to this I go straight back three years when I saw it in Southampton and was utterly carried away.
Beauty and the Beast is one of the best disney classics and the best musical it has ever animated. It translated fantasically into a theatrical production and they could add a lot more to this medium.
Many of the songs are different from the animation and they don't spoil it - they fit in perfectly with the rest of it. It is worth most definatly buying this album as well as the soundtrack to the movie. It has a very different perspective to the story, a great way of celebrating and reliving both the movie and the play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTY & BEAST SOUNDTRACK SIMPLY THE BEST 5 Oct 2002
By Emma
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard all of the songs from the 1991 Disney animation of Beauty & The Beast I was 11 years of age and thought and still do think they're great. Especially the Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson version of Beauty & The Beast. This is what Disney is all about. Magical and breathtaking - it's just a shame that some of the more recent Disney films haven't lived up to this one just yet. This is a classic and will remain so for generations.
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