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Beauty and the Beast Lyricist Addressed His Struggle with AIDS with the Musical’s Songs

24 March 2017 10:46 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It’s a whole new world.

Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon confirmed in the April issue of Attitude that Josh Gad’s take on LeFou in the live-action reboot is intended to be Disney’s first openly gay character.

Condon, who is gay himself, points to B&TB as a deeply personal work for Disney lyricist Howard Ashman — also a gay man — whose partnership with Alan Menken yielded some astounding work, including the Little Shop of Horrors musical (which Ashman directed) and songs from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

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