Also closing today after thirteen years and over 5,461 performances is Beauty and the Beast. The only original member of the cast still there until the last curtain call today is Bill Nabel. Sure, he understudied Cogsworth, Lumiere, Maurice and Monsieur D'Arque, but best of all, he was regularly the Corkscrew! Who doesn't need a corkscrew around at all times?
By the time I saw Beauty and the Beast on Broadway in 2003 and again in 2006, it was a little tired to say the least. The out-of-towners I was with loved it (but they had not seen Gypsy or Sweeney Todd). But, I did love the the movie just. Okay, okay, I know what you're thinking. I didn't just love it because Angela played the teapot - afterall, back in those days I only knew her as Jessica Fletcher. Well, it didn't hurt that she was in it, but I also loved it for Jerry Orbach as the candle and David Ogden Stiers as the clock and especially for Belle. She was so much more than the typical Disney princess. So long, Beauty on Broadway...up next in the Lunt-Fontanne from Disney is The Little Mermaid. Yeah, I only saw that animated movie a few 1000 times back in my babysitting days. I hear that the chorus is on roller skates to make the underwater scenes more realistically fluid. Huh, more roller skates on Broadway. Gotta love it.