'Beauty and the Beast' Composer Teases New Songs for the Live-Action Remake
Disney's live-action remake Beauty and the Beast features new songs and new backstories, and composer Alan Menken has given some details on the three new ballads that he's put together for the highly anticipated film.
Menken collaborated with some high talent on the original animated film's soundtrack 25 years ago and now is working on the new film with songs sung by Belle and Beast, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens respectively. Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will also lend her voice.
On "Our Song Lives On," Menken has given EW some details. "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.
"‘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."
The third some, "Days in the Sun", is considered by producer David Hoberman to be the song that wins Menken his ninth Academy Award. Menken describes it as “a lullaby and a remembrance of happier days for everybody.”
The film opens March 17, 2017.