April 21, 2007 - April 25, 2017

Background information
Musical Beauty and the Beast
Portrayed by
Portrayed by Susan Egan
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Unconventional, empathetic, intelligent, compassionate, graceful, selfless, educated, sophisticated, caring, sweet, bibliophilic, assertive, outspoken, curious, stubborn, headstrong, kind, gentle, sensible, spirited, understanding, heroic, motherly, sensitive, polite
Appearance Slender, fair skin, rosy cheeks, pink lips, long brown hair, hazel eyes
Occupation Princess
Affiliations Good
Goal To experience adventure and life beyond her poor, provincial town
Home Her cottage in a French village (formerly)

Beast's Castle (current residence)

Relatives Maurice (father)

Unnamed mother (deceased) The Prince (husband)

Pets Philippe (horse)

Sultan (dog)

Allies Beast, Lumière, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Fifi, Maurice, Wardrobe, Sultan
Enemies Gaston, LeFou, Monsieur D'Arque
Likes Books, Reading books, being treated as an equal, adventure, romance, her friends, fairy tales, being taken seriously, respect, stating opinions, Christmas, Beast, her father's inventions, snowball fights, animals, waltzing
Dislikes Gaston, selfishness, rudeness, manipulation, wolves, disrespect, mistreatment, confinement, her friends in danger, being separated from her father, the provincial life, the Beast in danger, insults toward her father, discrimination, the Beast's temper tantrums, arrogance, forced marriages
Powers and abilities
Fate Breaks the curse placed upon the Beast and his castle by the Enchantress, reviving the prince, whom she subsequently marries, becoming a princess

Belle is the female protagonist of Beauty and the Beast. She is often appalled with Gaston's incessant flirting. She is trapped in the Beast's castle in place of her father. While there she befriends Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip. She falls in love with the Beast and, after they kiss, he transforms back to his human form.


The musical premiered on Broadway on April 18, 1994 at the Palace Theatre with Susan Egan as the original Belle. Since then many actresses including Deborah Gibson, Toni Braxton, Andrea McArdle, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Christy Carlson Romano and Ashley Brown have played the role on Broadway. The show closed on July 29, 2007 at the Lunt-Fountanne Theater with Anneliese van der Pol as the show's final Belle.

Overall, Belle's role was the same as in the film, although some differences included Belle politely refusing Gaston's hand in marriage instead of tricking him into falling into a mud pool, joining Lumiere and dancing along with the dishes and silverwares during the Be Our Guest musical number instead of just sitting at the dining table and merely observing the spectacle, and her being injured by the Beast when she entered the West Wing before fleeing instead of merely being scared off. Additionally, her role is expanded in the musical with songs "No Matter What" (cut in touring productions), "Home" and "A Change in Me".

Belle is also without Philippe in the stage version, instead knitting a "lucky" scarf for Maurice to wear during his trip to the fair. When Maurice is attacked by wolves before becoming prisoner within the Beast's castle, his scarf is lost in the woods, and eventually found by LeFou. When LeFou is spotted in town with the scarf, he reveals to Belle the whereabouts in which he found it, prompting her to search for her potentially endangered father.

When given the library, Belle also reveals "King Arthur" to be amongst her favorite stories.