Adapted for the stage from the original Academy Award-winning Walt Disney animated feature film, the musical features songs by the Oscar-winning team of composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman with additional lyrics by Tony Award-winner Tim Rice.
A spell is cast on a Prince when he turns away an old, ugly beggar woman at his door. She reveals herself to be a beautiful Enchantress and changes the cruel, unfeeling Prince into a hideous Beast. His stubborn pride compels him to remain in his bewitched castle with the love-struck candelabra Lumiere, the pompous clock Cogsworth, the kindly tea kettle Mrs. Potts, and an inquisitive teacup named Chip. To break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn their love in return, before the last petal falls from an Enchanted Rose. If not he will be doomed to remain a Beast for all time; Belle is a beautiful and intelligent young woman who lives with her father, Maurice, in a small village. When her father is imprisoned by the Beast, Belle offers herself to the Beast in return for releasing her father from his prisoner's cell in the Beast's castle. The Beast accepts Belle's offer to exchange places, and an opportunity to break the spell begins.