The Tale as Old as Time Becomes New Again

The journey of a beautiful maiden falling for a hideous beast unraveled for over two centuries and continues to enchant the world with upcoming performances. The original French folk tale, La Belle et la Bete, written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740, was quickly abridged and rewritten into the classic, yet simpler, version of Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont in 1756. Like every ancient tale Disney gets its hands on, Beauty and the Beast transformed into a movie with a bubbling personality that the world fell in love with in 1991.

It’s almost impossible to imagine Beauty and the Beast without the personality that resides in the Beast’s enchanted castle, such as Lumiere, the talking candlestick and Cogsworth, the talking clock. However, the furniture didn’t begin speaking, singing or dancing until Howard Ashman proposed the creative concept. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman were the musical geniuses behind Beauty and the Beast, and many other Disney productions.

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Jerry Orbach as Lumiere and David Ogden Stiers as Cogsworth (Picture credit here)

Menken continues his success in the Disney music industry by composing the music in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast live-action retelling. He assures the movie’s tunes will stay true to the 1991 classic, but he will treat us with the production of two original songs: Forever More and Days in the Sun. Along with new music, the tale as old as time shakes it up by introducing a new character, Cadenza, a grand piano played by Stanley Tucci. Emma Watson stars as Belle alongside Dan Stevens as Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston.

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Alan Menken and Howard Ashman

Since 1991, the mystical story developed numerous times through sequels in 1997-1999, remakes and even a hit musical that ran on Broadway from 1994 to 2007. On March 17, 2017, Disney invites us all to once again “be their guest” and relive the tale as old as time.

A cool collage made by a fan of the new movie trailer next to the 1991 movie trailer: