Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Composer Alan Menken shares new details about additional 'Beauty and the Beast' songs

New dress, new Beast, and new music. Entertainment Weekly gave Beauty and the Beast fans a new look at all three over the past week in their latest issue and continuing online coverage of the upcoming live-action film. Composer Alan Menken has discussed the additional songs featured in the new film on previous occasions, but this week we finally have the illusive third song title, as well as new details about Audra McDonald's role in the film's prologue.  

UPDATE: "Our Song Lives On" now titled "How Does a Moment Last Forever" and will be performed on the soundtrack by Celine Dion!

"Our Song Lives On"
“It ends up being a song called ‘Our Song Lives On,’ and it’s done in a number of forms,” says Menken of the former track. “The first time it’s sung, it’s Belle’s father 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 actually performed "Our Song Lives On" during his A Whole New World of Alan Menken concert in September. You can listen to a bit of the song below.

"For Evermore"
“‘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,” Menken continues. “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.”
"Days in the Sun"
The third new song is called “Days in the Sun” and, according to Beauty and the Beast producer David Hoberman, is a very special number indeed. When EW visited the film’s London set last year, Hoberman told us he believed the song is destined to win Menken a ninth Academy Award to go with the eight he already has for his work on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and the animated Beauty and the Beast.

“Well, that’s great of him to say that,” admits Menken.“ ‘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.”

If all of that was not enough, EW also reports six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, who plays Madame De Garderobe in the film, will be featured in the film's prologue.
“It’s a moment within the prologue, just before the spell befalls the castle,” Menken says. “We’re actually at an event at the Prince’s castle, where the Prince is about to be turned into the Beast, and he’s in his very selfish and self-indulgent phase of his life, and we see that, and we have the magnificent Audra McDonald singing this number.”
You can read the entire Entertainment Weekly article here and check out all the latest images here.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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