The much-anticipated reimagining of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be available to view across the UK from 17th March 2017. This timeless story was first released as an animation in 1991, and then as a Broadway musical in 1993. The new film features some of the most beautiful music from all of Walt Disney’s movies, with a score by Alan Menken, who wrote the music for the original film. Many of the classic songs make a reappearance, including ‘Belle’, ‘Be Our Guest’ and ‘Gaston’. But the new film also has 5 brand new songs, never heard before! So put the kettle on, get comfortable, and check out these lovely tracks:
1. How Does a Moment Last Forever?
This is heard 3 times throughout the film. It is first sung by Belle’s father, Maurice, as he makes a music box. It is later sung by Belle, and then is used for the closing credits (in a recording by Celine Dion!) It’s a sweet song, questioning how moments and stories can live on, never dying. It captures the essence of the film perfectly, as it explores the idea of passing time, and love conquering all – like all classic Disney songs!
Recorded by Josh Groban, this song is sung by the Beast, just after he releases Belle to be with her father. It is an epic ballad, which opens with the Beast’s dark theme. It is full of heartfelt sadness, as the Beast sings of his love for Belle, and how he knows she will never return to him. He will forever be tormented by the memory of her, and will be waiting a lifetime for her to return. Aww!
3. Days in the Sun
This is a gentle lullaby. It is heard as Belle and the characters of the castle are going to sleep, and accompanies visuals of their memories from happier times. It’s a lovely insight into their previous lives, and what they were like before the curse befell the castle.
This little snippet is sung by the wardrobe, who is given more significance in this version (she is even given a name, Gardrobe). Broadway star, Audra McDonald, voices this role. The aria is sung during a scene near the beginning, depicting the Prince’s selfish life before he is transformed into the Beast. It is just a shame that McDonald’s singing is cut so short!
5. Beauty and the Beast
Ok, so this isn’t a new song. In fact, it’s the most well-known track from the original 1991 score, and one of the most iconic songs of the ’90s! However, this new recording by John Legend and Ariana Grande is definitely worth a listen. It is soulful, smooth, and contemporary, and will have you falling in love with this story all over again.
Beauty and the Beast will be released on 17th March 2017.