Alan Menken Offers Details On New “Beauty and The Beast’ Songs
Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Last week, we got our first look the Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Based on the beloved animated Disney classic of the same name, director Bill Condon will be adding some new narrative twists in order for the film to feel more contemporary. But as exciting as that sounds, a lot of us are interested in the recordings of the original songs and the addition of several new songs written by Alan Menken and Sir Tim Rice.
Now Menken is talking about three new songs and how they will fit into the film’s narrative. Check out what he had to say below.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Menken spoke about one new song called “Our Song Lives On,” and how it plays a significant part in the film:
“It ends up being a song called “˜Our Song Lives On,’ and it’s done in a number of forms. The first time it’s sung, it’s Belle’s father (Kevin Kline) singing as he’s completing a music box, and basically it’s [about], “˜How does a moment live forever? How do you hang on to precious moments?’ Then, it’s reprised by Belle, and then it’s the song that’s actually over the end credits at the end of the movie. Disney hasn’t announced it yet, but there’s going to be some wonderful singer on the end credits song.”
Menken also talked about Beast’s new song “For Evermore,” for which he learns about true love and sacrifice:
“”˜For Evermore’ is this moment where the Beast now loves Belle, and he realizes that she misses her father, and he acknowledges she’s no longer a prisoner, and when she sees her father’s in trouble, he says, “˜Go to him, go.’ And he voluntarily lets her go. He’s basically singing about how he now knows what love is, as he watches her leave, and he’s climbing up the turret of the castle as she recedes into the distance, just watching her go further and further away.”
Finally, Menken talks about “Days in the Sun,” a song which Beauty and the Beast producer David Hoberman believes will help Menken get his ninth Oscar. Here’s what the composer had to say to EW:
“Well, that’s great of him to say that. ‘Days in the Sun’ is a moment when all of the objects in the castle “” and Belle “” are going to sleep. Basically, everybody in the castle is having memories of what it used to be when they had their days in the sun. It’s sort of a combination of a lullaby and a remembrance of happier days for everybody.”
Because the movie is based on such a beloved film, expectations are extremely high. But it’s not as though Menken’s new songs won’t resonate with audiences. After all, he was behind many of our favorite Disney songs from movies like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and the animated Beauty and the Beast. So we can rest easy knowing that the music is in the hands of someone who has worked on the animated version, at least.
Starring Emma Watson (Belle) and Dan Stevens (Beast), Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters on March 17, 2017.