The original Beauty and the Beast theme song, performed by Celine Dion with Peabo Bryson, is one of the most memorable Disney film songs ever made. It perfectly captured the magic of the animated film, as well as the odd-couple dynamic between Belle and the Beast.
So it makes sense: Celine Dion is returning to the live action film to perform its new original song, How Does a Moment Last Forever, which is also included in the film’s soundtrack.
Written by eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (“The Lion King,” “Evita”), “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Portions of the song are performed throughout the film and interpolated into the underscore before Dion’s full-length version debuts in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.
“Being a part of the original Beauty and the Beast was such a magical experience in my life, and I’m truly honored to be a part of this film again,” Dion says.
President of Music for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production, Mitchell Leib, approached the artist on behalf of the project with the idea of recording one of the three new songs written for the film. “Celine was the unanimous choice of the filmmakers and studio to perform this song,” says and everyone involved with the film is thrilled she agreed to be part of this new live-action adaptation.”
Menken also provides the film score along with new recordings of the classic songs from the animated film written by himself and Ashman. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017.