Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage is a live Broadway style musical based off the 1991 film. It is located at Sunset Boulevard of Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris) also had its own versions but are both closed.

On July 25, 2020, since Walt Disney World reopened due to COVID-19 pandemic, all stage shows such as Finding Nemo - The Musical, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, and Festival of the Lion King have not returned due to a dispute between the Actors' Equity Association and Walt Disney World.[1]

On August 2, 2020, it was replaced by a new show, Disney Society Orchestra and Friends.

Disney's Hollywood Studios version

Plot summary of current version

The stage show changed considerably from the original version to the currently running version, causing it to more closely resemble 1991 film of the same name. However, because the show is condensed to approximately 25 minutes, many cuts and edits are made.

The show opens like the Broadway musical: An old beggar woman asks a spoiled and selfish prince if he will allow her to stay in his castle for the night from the bitter cold, in exchange for a single rose; to which the prince turns her away. Because his heart is cold, the old beggar woman turns into a beautiful enchantress who punishes the prince by transforming him in to an ugly, scary, and hideous Beast. Everyone in the castle gets a punishing transformation as well. The prince can only break the spell by learning to love another, and earning their love in return, and failure to do so will cause him to "remain a beast for all time".

Years later, Belle is walking in the quiet little French village where she lives. The other villagers agree that Belle is beautiful, but she is also no ordinary character. Gaston, the handsome young hunter of the town, boasts how he loves Belle and asks her to marry him.("Belle" / "Gaston"). Belle politely refuses. Soon though, "under a series of mysterious circumstances", Belle finds herself inside the Beast's enchanted castle. She is confronted by the magical castle inhabitants, Cogsworth the clock, Lumiere the candelabra, Mrs. Potts the teapot, and her son, Chip the teacup. Cogsworth thinks that they made a mistake by allowing Belle inside, but the others believe she could be the one to break the curse. So they throw her a feast and, simultaneously invite her to "Be Our Guest". The Beast abruptly ends the celebration and expresses his fear that Belle could never learn to love him. Belle, on a tour through the castle, enters the West Wing and discovers the rose. The Beast is furious at Belle, because he told her never to enter that part of the castle. All of this causes Belle and the Beast to argue. But the others advise Beast to be a gentleman, because Belle could be the one to break the curse. The castle's charming inhabitants discover that there is "Something There" that wasn't there before ("Something There"), and the two fall in love.

Meanwhile, Gaston declares that Belle has rejected him for the last time. He convinces the villagers that the Beast is a monster, and the village is not safe until he is dead. So they decide to kill him ("The Mob Song"). The townspeople take over the castle, ruining everything in sight. Gaston fights the Beast, and Belle appears just to see Gaston make his final blow. Seeing the Beast nearly dead, Belle admits she loves him just as the rose's last petal falls. This breaks the curse, and the Beast is magically transformed back into the Prince. The entire cast returns for a final dance, and declare that the love of "Beauty and the Beast" will thrive forever. Instantly, Belle and the prince reappear in their traditional costumes. ("Beauty and the Beast")

During the curtain call, Belle and the Prince give a lucky person in the audience a rose similar to the one in the movie.

Original version (1991–2001)

The original version opened for the film's 1991 wide release. Its first performance was at 1:30 pm on November 22, 1991, the same day the film was released. When the Theater of the Stars was moved in September 1993 (to make room for the construction of Sunset Boulevard), the show was temporarily moved to the Backlot Theater on New York Street. The show reopened in July 1994, in the now covered and newly rebuilt Theater of the Stars on Sunset Blvd.

Order of songs in the original version:

Second version (2001–2020)

The second version of the show debuted in March 2001 and now features the songs much nearer to the order in which they are presented in the film. It is currently the longest-running stage show at a Walt Disney World Theme Park.

Order of Songs in the Current Version:

The show's exit music after the final curtain is dropped features the pop version of the title song performed by Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson.

Television appearances

The stage version was shown on various television shows.

  • The show was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, when Oprah went to Disney World. She and some of her audience members got to see Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson perform the main title song from the movie. Characters such as Belle, the Prince, Chip, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and Cogsworth also appear.
  • When the show first premiered, excerpts from the show were shown during the 1991 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade.
  • In 2005, the cast appeared on the Christmas Day parade again, only this time featuring John O'Hurley, fresh from Dancing with the Stars, singing "Be Our Guest" with the cast.

Disneyland version

A similarly titled show with a different script, sets, and costumes opened at Disneyland on April 12, 1992. The show was extremely popular, appearing over 4,300 times in just over three years, and served as a development platform for an adaptation of the film which ran on Broadway from April 18, 1994 – July 29, 2007. Stephanie J Block (later a 2013 Tony Award nominee) was the original Belle. The show played its final performance on April 30, 1995. The show played at the Fantasyland Theatre.

Disneyland Paris version

A similar show sharing the Florida production's script, sets, and costumes appeared for several seasons at the Disneyland Paris park with a recorded vocal track (in French). The show played from 1992 through late 1996 at the Videopolis Theater.

Disney Dream version

A new stage production opened on board the Disney Dream during the November 6, 2017 voyage. This version was inspired by the 2017 live-action remake.

See also

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Films: Beauty and the BeastThe Enchanted ChristmasBelle's Magical World2017 Live-Action FilmVideo

Television: Sing Me a Story with BelleBelle's Tales of FriendshipA Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's PrinceThe New Adventures of Beauty and the BeastWinter WonderlandSittin' Pretty!Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the BeastDisney Princess BeginningsAs Old as Time (A Twisted Tale)Royal Weddings
Marvel Comics: A Chance For RomanceWardrobe's Big SurpriseThe Wishful WalkAlmost Amour!Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2Dove Tales Part 1 and 2
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game)Belle's QuestRoar of the BeastA Board Game AdventureDisney InfinityDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts χKingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χDisney Enchanted TalesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Crossy RoadBeauty and the Beast: Perfect MatchDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Music: Beauty and the Beast (soundtrack)Beauty and the Beast (2017 soundtrack)The Legacy Collection

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Animated Film: Beauty and the Beast Sing-AlongCastle of Magical DreamsDisney Animation BuildingDisney Friends of the MonthEnchanted Tale of Beauty and the BeastFairy Tale ForestLe Pays des Contes de FéesMickey's PhilharMagicPrincess PavilionVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

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Entertainment: A Table is WaitingBeauty and the Beast Live on StageCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicEnchanted Tales with BelleFantasmic!Feel the MagicMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Magical Music WorldMickey and the MagicianOnce Upon a MouseThe PavilionRoyal Princess Music CelebrationRoyal TheatreThe Golden MickeysThe Starlit Princess Waltz
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Characters
Original: BelleBeastCogsworthLumiereMrs. PottsChipThe Potts ChildrenChef BoucheVillagersMauricePhilippeGastonLeFouBimbettesSultanWardrobeFifiEnchantressMonsieur D'ArqueWolvesMusic BoxCoat RackGaston's BuddiesThe BooksellerPierrePalanquin

Enchanted Christmas: AngeliqueForteFife
Belle's Magical World: WebsterCraneLe PlumeWitherspoonChandeleria
Deleted Characters: ClariceMargueriteBelle's SistersBelle's SuitorsBelle's Mother
Sing Me a Story with Belle: HarmonyBig BookLewis and Carol
Book Characters: Countess de la PerleThunderLoveDeath
Remake: CadenzaJean PottsThe KingThe Queen

Songs
Original: PrologueBelleGastonBe Our GuestSomething ThereHuman AgainBeauty and the BeastThe Mob Song

Broadway: No Matter WhatMeHomeHow Long Must This Go On?If I Can't Love HerMaison Des LunesA Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: StoriesAs Long As There's ChristmasDon't Fall in LoveA Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little ThoughtListen With Our Hearts
Live-Action Film: AriaHow Does A Moment Last ForeverDays in the SunEvermore

Locations
Beast's CastleLibraryBelle's CottageVillageBallroomThe Black ForestTavernThe West WingBelle's Room
Objects
The Enchanted RoseEnchanted MirrorMaurice's Machine
See Also
Beauty and the Beast (musical)Beauty and the Beast Jr.Disney RenaissanceOriginal Screenplay
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