Background information
Musical Beauty and the Beast
Portrayed by Burke Moses
Portrayed by
Performance model
Inspiration High school/college jock stereotypes

Sir Kay Brom Bones Linda Woolverton's previous lovers (post-rewrite) Belle's suitors From Jim Cox draft

Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Gaston LeGume (in an early draft)
Personality Arrogant, egotistical, boorish, selfish, rude, vain, narcissistic, prejudicial, chauvinistic, petty, persistent, lecherous, sexist, merciless, superficial, tough, envious, suave, cold-hearted, quick-tempered, sadistic, ruthless
Appearance Slender, very muscular, fair skin, double-chinned, hairy-chested, long black hair tied to a brief ponytail with a red band, thick eyebrows, blue eyes
Occupation "Town hero"


Affiliations Bad
Goal To marry Belle (failed)
Home A tavern in an unnamed farming village in Alsace-Lorraine, France
Allies Belle (formerly), Monsieur D'Arque, LeFou, the tavern men, the Bimbettes
Minions LeFou, the villagers, the tavern men
Enemies Beast, Belle, Maurice, Mrs. Potts, Chip Potts, Madame de la Grande Bouche, Lumière, Cogsworth, Babette
Likes Himself, eggs, beautiful women (mainly Belle), attention, hunting, ale, food made from his latest killings, killing animals, the idea of having sons with Belle, making fun of Maurice, getting his way, abusing LeFou
Dislikes Being humiliated, Belle's love for the Beast, women reading or thinking, the Beast, LeFou's slight stupidity, not getting his way, Belle rejecting him, mud, being called a monster
Powers and abilities
Weapons Blunderbuss

His fists Bow and Arrow Makeshift club Hunting knife

Fate Falls to his death from a balcony at the Beast's castle

Gaston is the main antagonist of Beauty and the Beast.

Role Edit

Gaston's role and personality in the musical based on the film is pretty much the same—a pompous, sexist, egotistical, boorish, brutish, brainless and misogynistic caveman who loves only himself. His ultimate goal is the same too—marry the prettiest girl in town and make her his "little wife" and his "property". Instead of ignoring the Bimbettes like in the film, he pays more attention to them (saying that their 'rendezvouses' will continue after his marriage to Belle, implying adultery) but still wants Belle as his wife, making them very upset (to the point of wailing and crying like infants instead of sobbing like in the movie). During the proposal scene (where there's no wedding party outside unlike the movie), Gaston gives Belle a miniature portrait of himself as a present. In addition to the song Gaston, the song Me is performed by him (in which he conceitedly proposes to Belle). The song is of interest because one verse implies that his feelings for Belle are more than for her looks (he even calls her 'pumpkin' as an endearing appellative), but he never says it outright to her. Like in the movie, he dies after falling off the roof of the Beast's castle, but not before fatally wounding him after arrogantly lying that Belle sent him to the castle to kill him.

Notable actors who have played the role on Broadway include Burke Moses (who originated the role on Broadway and in the original London production), Hugh Jackman (original Melbourne production), Marc Kudisch, Christopher Sieber, Cody Carlton, and Donny Osmond (singing voice of Li Shang in Mulan). Other actors include Steve Condie.

Gaston gets a second song, Me, which can be heard in the musical and in New Fantasyland. The song serves as a (rather conceited and sexist) marriage proposal to Belle, taking the place of the proposal scene in the movie where he has a wedding set up outside Belle's house without her prior knowledge.