Perhaps nothing is more important, when it comes to Beauty and the Beast, than its music. The slowly withering rose is a close second of course, but if Beauty and the Beast wasn't a musical, I suspect it wouldn't have such the cult following and box office success that it has had. And the lyrics really have stood the test of time. "There must be more than this provincial life"? That one's a go-to. The jaunty sway of "No one fights like Gaston!" is classic. And of course, it's hard to beat "A tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme..." That's why any lyric changes in the new Beauty and the Beastlive-action movie matter.
Now, the good news is that the makers of the live-action film are pretty dedicated to remaining loyal to the original, which fans love so much. Composer Alan Menken has stuck with the franchise in all its iterations: the original animated film, the Broadway musical, and this new film. And he's spoken to a number of outlets about the ways in which the music for the new film is similar to and different from the old one. Trust me, this guy is smart, and he cares. So you can check out the list below, of the biggest lyrical changes to songs in the new Beauty and the Beast, knowing that they were all done for a reason, to make this the most magical movie ever.