Beauty and the Beast on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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Beauty and the Beast Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Musical
  • Beauty and the Beast is 2 hours and 30 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 9, 1994
  • Show Opened : April 18, 1994
  • Show Closed: July 29, 2007

A cursed prince, transformed into a beast, must earn a woman's love to break the spell. A spirited village girl, becomes his prisoner but gradually sees his true heart. Their love blossoms, breaking the curse and transforming him back into a prince

What's Beauty and the Beast Like?

Beauty and the Beast follows Belle, a bright and independent young woman, who becomes the prisoner of a prince transformed into a beast due to his arrogance. Despite her initial fear, Belle befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to see the kind heart and soul of the Beast.

Gaston Plays The Antagonist

Meanwhile, Gaston, a vain hunter, plots to marry Belle and kill the Beast. As Belle and the Beast grow closer, they fall in love, which ultimately breaks the curse placed on the Beast and his servants.

The Beast transforms back into a prince, and Belle and the prince celebrate their newfound love, bringing happiness and normalcy back to the castle and its inhabitants.

Is Beauty and the Beast Good for Kids?

Beauty and the Beast on Broadway is generally considered suitable for children. The show features:

  • Family-Friendly Content: The story is a classic fairy tale with themes of love, kindness, and redemption.
  • Engaging Music and Visuals: With memorable songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along with vibrant costumes and sets, it captivates young audiences.
  • Positive Messages: It emphasizes values like inner beauty, bravery, and compassion.
  • Magical Elements: The enchanted characters and magical transformations add a whimsical and exciting element for kids.

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Beauty and the Beast was produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

Show Played Two Theatres On Broadway

The show initially opened at the Palace Theatre in 1994 before moving to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 11, 1999, where it continued its successful run until its eventual close in 2007.

Record Setting Performance Run

The show closed after 5,461 performances, over 13 years, 3 months, and 11 days - making it one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history.

Theatre Information

Palace Theatre

1554 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
Seats: 1,648
Entrance: Broadway, between 46th and 47th Street
Theatre Information

Palace Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Susan Egan
The Beast
Terrence Mann
Burke Moses
Gary Beach
Mrs. Potts
Beth Fowler
Heath Lamberts
Tom Bosley


Michael Eisner, who was the CEO of The Walt Disney Company

Peter Schneider, President of Disney Theatrical Productions

Thomas Schumacher, President of Disney Theatrical Productions after Schneider

Production Credits

Robert Jess Roth

Creative Team

Book Adaptation
Linda Woolverton
Original Book
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont