Beauty & the Beast (Ocr) - (Import CD)
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- Pop Vocal
- Show Vocals
- Mono / Stereo
- Alan Menken; Bruce Botnick
- Beauty and the Beast [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Special Edition]
Principal cast includes: Wendy Oliver (Enchantress); Harrison Beal (Young Prince); Terrence Mann (Beast); Susan Egan (Belle); Kenny Raskin (Lefou); Burke Moses (Gaston); Sarah Solie Shannon, Paige Price, Linda Talcott (Three Silly Girls); Tom Bosley (Maurice); Heath Lamberts (Cogsworth); Gary Beach (Lumiere); Stacey Logan (Babette); Beth Fowler (Mrs. Potts); Brian Press (Chip); Barbara Marineau (Madame de la Grande Bouche); Gordon Stanley (Monsieur D'Arque); David Ogden Stiers (Voice of Narration).
Recorded at Sony Music Studios, New York.
All music written by Alan Menken. All lyrics written by Tim Rice or Howard Ashman.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A NEW MUSICAL was nominated for Best Musical Show Album in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
Personnel: Stacey Shames (harp); Ann Labin, Rudy Perrault, Belinda Whitney-Barratt, George Wozniak, Dale Stuckenbruck, Evan Johnson, Sheila Reinhold, Cecilia Hobbs, Sanford Allen, Cenovia Cummins, Charles Libove, David Nadien (violin); Barry Finclair, Maria Kitsopoulos, Gerald Tarack, Joe Kimura, Caryl Paisner, Frederick Zlotkin (cello); Alva Hunt (flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet); Julius Baker (flute, piccolo); Keri Ann DiBari (flute, clarinet); Dominic Cortese (accordion); Vicki Bodner (oboe, English horn); Marc Goldberg (bassoon, contrabassoon); Tony Kadleck (trumpet, piccolo trumpet, cornet); Neil Balm (trumpet, cornet); Tony Cecere, Glen Estrin, Jeff Lang (French horn); Paul Faulise (bass trombone, tuba); Gerry Ranck, Ken Cooper (harpsichord); Kathy Sommer, Glen Kelly (synthesizer); Janet Weber (upright bass); John Redsecker (drums); Joe Passaro (percussion); John Rafael Carlotto (sound effects).
Recording information: Sony Music Studios, New York, NY.
Director: Robert Jess Roth.
Editor: Bruce Botnick.
Arranger: Michael Kosarin.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is not the kind of film that needs a direct-to-video sequel, though one has already been made. Every spin-off product which falls short of this classic serves only as a mockery. The best idea by far was to carry the film to Broadway, where it has developed into one of the best examples of a true theater experience, and a classic in its own right. There is no gimmick, no distortion of the tale or of the film; everything that made the film so magical is right there on stage -- it is not an addition to the film, but a tribute. What is added is a grander experience, including a song which was originally intended for the film, but left out due to time constraints and editing tugs. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (Little Shop of Horrors) had hoped to take the film to Broadway, but plans were stalled when Ashman passed away in 1991. Menken then collaborated with Tim Rice to develop new material that would extend the musical into a full-length play. There may not have been reason to own the Broadway Cast Recording, aside from being a fan of Susan Egan's (voice of Belle), if not for these extra songs. Each one could have fit in perfectly with the film -- they aren't simply shoveled in as bonuses, but make the whole picture bigger and fuller. Every major character has their own new song, the standout being "Home," which is sung by Belle upon arriving at the Beast's castle. "Me," sung by the handsome and evil Gaston, is a boisterous love song to himself, stuffed with witty lines like "women can have their uses too/mainly to extend the family tree." Even the Beast has his solo moment with the dark, mournful ballad "If I Can't Love Her." The household objects who gave Disney World a new theme of "Be Our Guest," reveal their longings to return to human form in "Human Again," the only new song which was written by Howard Ashman. There is something for all fans here, even those who prefer the clear-cut original versions and voices from the animated film. What is better: throwing in a new, weaker story line and lesser animation to pop out sequels on video or taking originals like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King to 42nd street, where they can shine? ~ Peter Fawthrop
- Country of Origin
- Walt Disney
- Studio / Live
- Original Broadway Cast
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Prologue (The Enchantress)
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Belle
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] No Matter What
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] No Matter What (Reprise)/Wolf Chase
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Belle (Reprise)
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Home
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Home (Reprise)
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Gaston
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Gaston (Reprise)
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] How Long Must This Go On?
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Be Our Guest
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] If I Can't Love Her
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Entr'acte/Wolf Chase: Entr'acte
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Something There
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Human Again
- [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Maison des Lunes
- [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Beauty and the Beast
- [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] If I Can't Love Her (Reprise)
- [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] Mob Song, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 21 ] Battle, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 22 ] End Duet/Transformation
- [ Disc 01 Track 23 ] Beauty and the Beast (Reprise)
- Universal Distribution
- 72m 16s
- Bruce Botnick
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