Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast played its final performance on the road on July 19, 2016.

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While working as a development executive at CBS, Linda Woolverton wrote two young adult novels: Star Wind and Running Before the Wind. After her books were published by Houghton Mifflin, she began to write full time. She started by writing scripts for animated television shows. When one of her novels caught the attention of a Disney executive, she was hired to write the script for the animated feature, Beauty and the Beast. Upon its release in 1991, the film won the Golden Globe for the best comedy/musical and became the first animated film to be nominated for the best picture Academy Award. Woolverton was then hired to write the screenplay for The Lion King. She then rewrote the script for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey as well as writing on the animated feature Mulan. She went on to adapt the script of Beauty and the Beast for the Broadway stage and received the Tony Award nomination for best book of a musical in 1994. Woolverton was also awarded the Laurence Oliver Award for Beauty and the Beast for best new musical in the U.K. Beauty and the Beast ran between 1994 and 2007, becoming the eighth longest running show in Broadway history. She also wrote the book for Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical Aida which ran for five years at the Palace Theatre. In 2008, Linda received a lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America-Animation Writers Caucus for her longtime work in the field of animation. Linda Woolverton’s script for Alice In Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, was released in March of 2010. The film grossed over one billion dollars worldwide. Woolverton’s screenplay for Disney’s Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie was released in May of 2014 and became a worldwide success. She recently completed Through the Looking Glass for Disney, which is in production in the UK, and is currently working on a television pilot based on the Jean Auel’s novel, The Clan of the Cave Bear.