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The "Prologue" is the opening music piece of Beauty and the Beast. As the title suggests, the music plays over the introduction to the Beast's backstory. In the Broadway musical, some of the score was used in "If I Can't Love Her".

Narration

Once upon a time in a far away land,
a young prince lived in a shining castle.
Although he had everything his heart desired,
the prince was spoiled, selfish and unkind.

But then one winter's night,
an old beggar woman came to the castle
and offered him a single rose
in return for shelter from the bitter cold.

Repulsed by her haggard appearance,
the prince sneered at the gift
and turned the old woman away.
But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances,
for beauty is found within.

And when he dismissed her again,
the old woman's ugliness melted away
to reveal a beautiful enchantress.
The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late,
for she had seen that there was no love in his heart.

And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast
and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there.
Ashamed of his monstrous form, the Beast concealed himself inside his castle
with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world.
The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose,
which would bloom until his twenty-first year.

If he could learn to love another and earn her ("Their" on the soundtrack) love in return
by the time the last petal fell,
then the spell would be broken.
If not, he would be doomed
to remain a beast for all time.

As the years passed, he fell
into despair and lost all hope.
For who could ever learn to love a beast?

Once upon a time in a far away land,
a young prince lived in a shining castle.
Although he had everything his heart desired,
the prince was spoiled, selfish and unkind.

But then one winter's night,
an old beggar woman came to the castle
and offered him a single rose
in return for shelter from the bitter cold.

Repulsed by her haggard appearance,
the prince sneered at the gift
and turned the old woman away.
But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances,
for beauty is found within.

And when he dismissed her again,
the old woman's ugliness melted away
to reveal a beautiful enchantress.
The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late,
for she had seen that there was no love in his heart.

And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast
and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there.
Ashamed of his monstrous form, the Beast concealed himself inside his castle
with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world.
The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose,
which would bloom for many years.

If he could learn to love another and earn their love in return
by the time the last petal fell,
then the spell would be broken.
If not, he would be doomed
to remain a beast for all time.

As the years passed, he fell
into despair and lost all hope.
For who could ever learn to love a beast?

Once upon a time in the hidden heart of France,
a handsome young prince lived in a beautiful castle.
Although he had everything his heart desired,
the prince was selfish and unkind.

He taxed the village to fill his castle
with the most beautiful objects
and his parties with the most beautiful people.

Then one night, an unexpected intruder arrived at the castle
seeking shelter from the bitter storm.
As a gift, she offered the prince a single rose.

Repulsed by her haggard appearance,
the prince turned the woman away.
But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances,
for beauty is found within.

When he dismissed her again,
the old woman's outward appearance melted away
to reveal a beautiful enchantress.
The prince begged for forgiveness, but it was too late,
for she had seen that there was no love in his heart.

As punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast
and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there.
As days bled into years, the prince and his servants were forgotten by the world.
For the enchantress had erased all memory of them
from the minds of the people they loved.
But the rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose.

If he could learn to love another and earn their love in return
by the time the last petal fell,
the spell would be broken.
If not, he would be doomed
to remain a beast for all time.

As the years passed,
he fell into despair and lost all hope.
For who could ever learn to love a beast?


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Media
Films: Beauty and the BeastThe Enchanted ChristmasBelle's Magical WorldBeauty and the Beast (2017 film)Video

Television: Sing Me a Story with BelleBelle's Tales of FriendshipHouse of MouseOnce Upon a TimeA Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's PrinceThe New Adventures of Beauty and the BeastWinter WonderlandTime Flies!Sittin' Pretty!Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the BeastClassic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Look-Look BookGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookDisney Princess Beginnings
Marvel Comics: A Chance For RomanceWardrobe's Big SurpriseThe Wishful WalkAlmost Amour!Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2Dove Tales Part 1 and 2A Masterpiece for the MasterDeck the Halls for Belle with HollyBelle, Book and CastleBound to SurpriseThe Dessert Disaster
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game)Belle's QuestRoar of the BeastA Board Game AdventureDisney InfinityDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Kingdom Hearts χ Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χ Disney Enchanted Tales
Music: Beauty and the Beast (Original Soundtrack)Beauty and the Beast (2017 soundtrack)

Disney Parks
Animated film: Art of AnimationBeauty and the Beast RideDisney Animation BuildingFairy Tale ForestLe Pays des Contes de FéesMickey's PhilharMagicVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Live action: Disney Illuminations
Entertainment: Animazment - The MusicalA Table is WaitingBeauty and the Beast Live on StageCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicDisney Movie MagicEnchanted Tales with BelleFantasmic!Feel the MagicMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the MagicianRoyal TheatreThe Golden Mickeys
Restaurants: Be Our Guest RestaurantGaston's TavernMaurice’s Treats Snack CartRed Rose Taverne
Shops: Bonjour! Village Gifts
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Magical Moments ParadeFestival of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Mickey's Rainy Day ExpressPaint The Night ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLightsWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Firework: Disney Dreams!Disney in the StarsOnce Upon a TimeWishesWorld of Color
Halloween: Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween ShowIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsMaze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment ContinuesThe Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

Characters
Original: BelleBeastLumièreCogsworthMrs. PottsChipChip's siblingsChef BoucheVillagersMauricePhilippeGastonLeFouBimbettesSultanWardrobeFifiEnchantressMonsieur D'ArqueWolvesMusic BoxCoat RackGaston's buddiesThe BooksellerPierrePalanquin

Enchanted Christmas: AngeliqueForteFife
Belle's Magical World: WebsterCraneLe PlumeWitherspoonChandeleria
Deleted Characters: ClariceMargueriteBelle's sistersBelle's suitorsBelle's mother
Sing Me a Story with Belle: HarmonyBig BookLewis and Carol
Comic and Storybook Characters: Countess de la PerleThunder
Remake: CadenzaJean PottsThe KingThe Queen

Songs
Original: PrologueBelleGastonBe Our GuestSomething ThereHuman AgainBeauty and the BeastThe Mob Song

Broadway: No Matter WhatMeHomeHow Long Must This Go On?If I Can't Love HerMaison Des LunesA Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: StoriesAs Long As There's ChristmasDon't Fall in LoveA Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little ThoughtListen With Our Hearts
Live-Action Film: AriaHow Does A Moment Last ForeverDays in the SunEvermore

Locations
Beast's CastleLibraryBelle's CottageVillageBallroomThe Black ForestTavernThe West WingBelle's Room
Objects
The Enchanted RoseEnchanted MirrorMaurice's Machine
See Also
Beauty and the Beast (musical)Beauty and the Beast Jr.Disney RenaissanceOriginal Screenplay