The “Beauty and the Beast” original motion picture soundtrack released Friday features score from eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken along with new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and two-time Academy Award winner Howard Ashman. Also included are three new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.
Directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Audra McDonald with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.
“Beauty and the Beast” opens in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
New songs featured in the film and included on the soundtrack are: “Evermore,” a soaring ballad performed by the Beast (Dan Stevens); the heartwarming “Days in the Sun,” sung by Belle (Emma Watson), the Beast and the castle’s enchanted staff; and “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” sung by Maurice (Kevin Kline) and in a reprise, by Belle.
The soundtrack also features three brand new recordings including the duet “Beauty and the Beast” by GRAMMY-nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar-winning and multi-platinum selling singer / songwriter / musician John Legend.
The song originally recorded by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, features Alan Menken’s haunting melody and Howard Ashman’s lyrics, and, upon its release in 1991, went on to receive an Academy Award, Golden Globe and GRAMMY Award.
In addition, five-time GRAMMY winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion performs “How Does A Moment Last Forever” and multi-platinum international recording artist and songwriter Josh Groban performed the third track, “Evermore.”
Photo / Video courtesy: Walt Disney Records