Who doesn’t love a bit Disney in their lives? Especially when there’s a magical feeling in the air surrounding the remake of Beauty and the Beast. Movies and Musicals host Aedín Gormley talks about her interviews with composer Alan Menken and director Bill Condon ahead of the release.
Disney’s new live action film Beauty and the Beast opens on Friday March 17th and you are in for a treat, I just loved it. It is directed by Bill Condon whose CV includes the Screen musicals Chicago and Dreamgirls.
This impressive new adaptation stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast; co-stars include Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (Le Fou), Kevin Kline (Belle’s father), and Audra McDonald (The Wardrobe).
The man in charge of the music is Alan Menken, who scored the original animated version of Beauty and the Beast, as well as the Broadway version. Menken is best known for his scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. As well as Beauty and the Beast, his scores include The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted and Tangled , mong others.
Back in 1991, Menken penned the tunes for the original Beauty and the Beast with the late Howard Ashman. He went on to collaborate with lyricist Tim Rice on the Broadway version and now he has penned three new songs with Tim Rice, which add, according to Menken, "A deeper, more textured approach to the back story of Beauty and the Beast, which is a nice blend for the rest of the score."
I sat down with composer Alan Menken and director Bill Condon to chat about this impressive new version of Beauty and the Beast…Tune in to Movies and Musicals this Saturday 11th March for a veritable Beauty and the Beast fest, including the interviews in full and music from the soundtrack!