Alan Menken Performs Live at Global Press Conference

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At the recent Beauty and the Beast Global Press Conference in Beverly Hills, Alan Menken performs live, signing some old and new songs from the movie.

Below is the video of his performance:

Alan then asked Josh Gad and Luke Evans to help him perform the next song:

The new songs written by Menken and Rice are telling new parts of the story, taking the story in new directions and fitting seamlessly into the fabric of “Beauty and the Beast.” In addition, some of Howard Ashman’s original lyrics from the songs “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast” not used in the animated film have been added back in to the film as well.

The music from the animated film is perfect as is, so there was never any discussion about cuttng any of those musical numbers for the live-ac on adaptation. The music for the Broadway production is equally as brilliant, and while Condon would have liked to have incorporated some of those songs in this film, they were written specifically for the stage and fit a theatrical format, not a cinematic one.

Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

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