Thursday, February 20, 2020

Musical of the Month: Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Cast

The original cast of Disney's Beauty and the Beast was full of newbies, seasoned players, up-and-coming stars, future Tony Award winners and even a bona fide Broadway/TV legend! What, if anything, have these performers been up to in the last 26 years? Let's see:

Musical of the Month
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
The Principal Cast

Susan Egan (Belle): She's been on Broadway a few shows since BATB, including Cabaret, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Triumph of Love. But she hasn't left Belle too far behind - she is a frequent member of The Princess Party, and she recently mentored on Disney+'s Encore! series. It would be great to have her back on the boards in New York soon!

Terrence Mann (Beast): He was a pretty big deal before BATB, with originating roles in Cats and Les Miserables among other shows. Post-Beast and a Tony nod, he's stayed busy on stage, including roles in The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Rocky Horror Show, The Addams Family, Pippin (Tony nomination), Tuck Everlasting and Finding Neverland. He and his wife, Charlotte d'Amboise, also work each year with young aspiring actors at their intensive program in North Carolina.

Burke Moses (Gaston): As the show's villain, Moses earned a Drama Desk nomination and a Theatre World Award.  Since then, he's only appeared twice on the Broadway stage, in Kiss Me, Kate (1999 Revival) and The Frogs.

Gary Beach (Lumiere): Tony-nominated for his flamboyant turn as everyone's favorite candelabra, Beach would be nominated twice more: for the 2005 revival of La Cage aux Folles, and The Producers. He won! His final Broadway appearance was as Thenardier in the 2006 revival of Les Miserables. He passed away in 2018.

Beth Fowler (Mrs. Potts): Prior to BATB, Ms. Fowler appeared in such shows as Baby and Sweeney Todd, for which she was Tony-nominated. After her time in the tea pot, she has returned to Broadway just three times: in the revivals of Bells Are Ringing and Inherit the Wind, and in the musical The Boy From Oz. She earned a Tony nomination for that show.

Heath Lamberts (Cogsworth): Beauty and the Beast marked his Broadway debut, and he later played King Sextimus in the revival of Once Upon a Mattress. He passed away in 2005.

Kenny Raskin (Lefou): To date, Raskin has not returned to Broadway. Beauty and the Beast remains his sole Broadway credit.

Tom Bosley (Maurice): Probably best known to the world at large as Howard Cunningham in TV's Happy Days, Bosley was a stage veteran long before BATB. He won a Tony Award for the title role in Fiorello. After BATB, he returned to Broadway only once more, as Herr Schultz in the 1998 revival of Cabaret. He passed away in 2010.

Eleanor Glockner (Madame de la Grande Bouche): To date, Ms. Glockner has not returned to Broadway. Prior to BATB, she appeared in three late 80's/early 90's blockbusters, Me and My Girl, City of Angels and Guys and Dolls.

Stacey Logan (Babette): Since she played Broadway's most alluring feather duster, Ms. Logan has returned to Broadway three times, in Candide, High Society and, most recently, Sweet Smell of Success.


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