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Flashback Friday: Anthony Hopkins Introduces Beauty and the Beast at the 1994 Tonys

The musical was up for nine Tony Awards that year.

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Long before Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast became a live-action film, it was a live-action Broadway musical. The original 1994 production at the Palace Theatre starred Susan Egan and Terrence Mann in the title roles, alongside Gary Beach, Tom Bosley, Beth Fowler, and others. The show, which ran until 2007 (and later moved to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre), was up for nine Tony Awards in 1994, taking home the statue for Ann Hould-Ward's costumes. The cast's performance on the Tonys broadcast, though, pulled out all the stops. Watch it below, with a special introduction from none other than Anthony Hopkins.

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