Legendary Disney composer Alan Menken participated in a new "Artist to Artist" series at Lincoln Center (NYC) revealed that he is working on new songs for Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie that will star Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Dan Stevens (The Guest). He also explained why a well-liked song from Broadway show couldn't be included.
“It’s the songs from the movie, we did not fit in any songs [from the Broadway show],” Menken explained. “The song I would have fit in from the Broadway show is ‘If I Can’t Love Her,’ but the Beast’s moment in the film is a much later moment, it would not be ‘if I can’t love her,’ it’s ‘I love her but -damn it- I’m letting her go.’ That lyric wouldn’t really work with that music. So we wrote another song called ‘Forever More,’ like ‘I now know what love is.’ There’s another song called ‘Days in the Sun’ which is a lullaby as all the objects and characters living in the castle are going to sleep they’re all singing about remembering before the spell. I think it’s gonna be a wonderful movie.”
Listen to ‘If I Can’t Love Her’ in the video below.
The cast also includes Luke Evans as Gaston, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Maurice and Audra McDonald as Garderobe.
Beauty & The Beast to be released on March 17, 2017.