Fire up the old station wagon, throw the kids in the back, and make your way back to the local cinemaplex. Fans of the live-action super-smash hit “Beauty and the Beast” will be happy to hear a sing-along version is coming to 1,200 theaters nationwide on Friday, April, 2017.
The “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” will feature on-screen lyrics to such beloved songs as “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast” written by eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken and two-time Oscar-winning lyricist Howard Ashman and new songs “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Evermore” written by Menken and veteran lyricist and three time Oscar winner Tim Rice.
Disney’s live-action adaptation “Beauty and the Beast,” in which the story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life, has grossed more than $875 million worldwide to date, making it the highest grossing movie musical of all time. The film opened in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017 immediately setting a box office record for the largest March opening ever for a PG-rated film (over $170 million). “Beauty and the Beast’s” domestic box office total currently stands at $393 million. Overseas the film has grossed more than $482 million as of today.
The film’s soundtrack, which includes songs from the score performed by Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion and Josh Groban, has been equally as well received, entering the Billboard 200 chart at No. 3 and Billboard’s Soundtrack and Children’s charts at No. 1. The Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack is available on Amazon, where your purchase will help support The Disney Blog.
About the film
“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
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. Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated film, provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice.