After enchanting audiences for more than 13 years, Disney's Beauty and the Beast will take its final bow at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) on Sunday, July 29. The Broadway production will have played 46 previews and 5,464 regular performances. For more information on Beauty and the Beast visit BeautyandtheBeast.com
BroadwayWorld.com held a contest where we asked our readers to submit their favorite Beauty and the Beast memory - on stage or off. With over 1,000 incredible entries, it proved extremely difficult for the staff to select only five. From poignant to hysterical, the submissions ages ranged from 10 to 80 - a clear indication of how this musical has affected both young and old alike in its 13+ year run. BroadwayWorld would like to thank everyone that entered for their time, energy and wonderful passion with this contest. It was a genuine thrill for all of us to discuss the selections. So, without any more fanfare, here are the lucky 5 winners (who will all be contacted by email) who will each receive a pair of tickets to the final performance help on Sunday, July 29th. Congratulations!
A limited number of tickets are still available during this final week of performances; weeknights offer the best availability. Visit www.disneyonbroadway.com today to get your tickets to see Beauty and the Beast before it takes its final bow on Broadway.
Beauty and the Beast officially opened on Broadway on April 18, 1994 and played at the Palace Theatre for the first five years of its run. The production transferred to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 11, 1999. The musical is the 6th longest-running Broadway show of all time.
The musical, directed by Robert Jess Roth, features Alan Menken's Academy Award-winning score, with songs by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman (including the Academy Award-winning title song and the show-stopping "Be Our Guest"), plus songs written especially for the stage by Alan Menken and Tim Rice (including "If I Can't Love Her" and "A Change In Me"). The production also features a book by Linda Woolverton, author of the original screenplay and choreography by Matt West. Sets are by Stanley A. Meyer, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award-winner for Beauty and the Beast) and lighting by Natasha Katz (Tony Award-winner for Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA).