Barnes & Noble Celebrates Disney’s Live-Action Adaptation of Beauty and the Beast Movie April 1

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Stores Nationwide to Feature Fun Activities for Children Including a Storytime, Themed Activities, Sing-Along, and Special Giveaways

NEW YORK, NY – March 23, 2017 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced in collaboration with Disney a celebration of the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast that will take place at stores nationwide on Saturday, April 1, starting at 11 AM. The event in honor of Disney’s hugely successful live-action Beauty and the Beast movie, which was released on March 17, will feature fun activities for children including a reading of Cynthia Rylant’s Beauty and the Beast picture book, a sing-along to the beloved movie soundtrack, themed activities and giveaways, while supplies last.

On April 1, fans of Disney Beauty and the Beast are invited to their local Barnes & Noble store to celebrate the release of the live-action movie with a special Storytime reading of Cynthia Rylant’s Beauty and the Beast picture book, a classic tale of bravery, transformation and love. After the Storytime portion of the event, fans are encouraged to join in a sing-along to the beloved movie soundtrack featuring popular songs “Beauty and the Beast,” “Something There” and “Be Our Guest.”

Additionally, children will have the opportunity to develop their own story ideas by creating scenes with stickers of characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast or writing and drawing a book cover for their own original story. Customers will also receive special giveaways, including mini-posters featuring the Enchanted Rose and Lost in a Book, as well as bookmarks, while supplies last.

Customers are encouraged to check out Barnes & Noble’s wide selection of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast product offerings, including a variety of books, toys and gifts. Featured books include Beauty and the Beast Big Golden Book (Disney Beauty and the Beast); Beauty and the Beast (B&N Exclusive Edition); Disney Book Group’s Beauty and the Beast: The Story of Belle; Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book; Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Library: A Collection of Literary Quotes and Inspirational Musings; Beauty and the Beast Novelization; and The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince. Featured toys include Jakks Pacific’s Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Objects Tea Set; Hasbro’s Beauty and the Beast Enchanting Melodies Belle Doll; Hasbro’s Beauty and the Beast Castle Friends Collection Playset; Jakks Pacific’s Enchanted Rose Jewelry Box; Hasbro’s Beauty and the Beast Belle Village Dress Doll; Hasbro’s Beauty and the Beast Grand Romance Playset; and Hasbro’s Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose Scene Playset. Customers should contact their local store for more details on what products are available for purchase.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score. The score will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. Beauty and the Beast was released in U.S. theaters on March 17.

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About Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney’s live-action adaptation “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated film, provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” was released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.