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HOW THE BEAST STACKS UP

Make-up:

The Beast: Make-up process originally took over three hours before each performance. It now takes only one hour.

Frankenstein's monster: In 1931, Boris Karloff would sit for about six hours before filming to have his make-up applied.

Height:

The Beast: Towers over the rest of the cast with a costume that adds 6 inches to the actor's height.

Big Bird: Dwarfs the Beast with a frame that measures 8 feet 2 inches tall.

Preparation:

The Beast: Needs three people to help him into makeup, prosthetics, hair, and finally wardrobe in order to transform him into character. Wears three microphones under his costume.

The Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera": The Phantom's make-up takes two hours to put on and half an hour to take off. The face is moisturized, closely shaved and the prosthetics are fitted, setting immediately, before two wigs, two radio mikes and two contact lenses (one white and one clouded) are added.

Costume:

The Beast: Wears prosthetics made of Latex with soft poly foam.

The lions in Broadway's "The Lion King": Wear masks made of a tough, lightweight material called carbon graphite.

Tail:

The Beast: Has huge tail made up of seven yards of human hair.

Babe, in "Babe": Has curly little tail fashioned, like the rest of the puppet, as if it were a real-life animal -- foam-latex skin over a bony skeleton.

Weight:

The Beast: Costume weighs 34 pounds; the Beast's Grant Norman says, "It's not bad."

The Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz": Costume weighed over 70 pounds; Bert Lahr was said to be the most uncomfortable of the principal actors performing in their difficult costumes.

Design:

The Beast: Hairy costume, designed by award-winning costumer Ann Hould-Ward, has been worn by a succession of Beasts including Jeff McCarthy, Chuck Wagner, James Barbour and Steve Blanchard.

The Wolf Man: Great makeup by Jack Pierce applied to Lon Chaney Jr. was originally the design to be used for the since-forgotten Henry Hull in "Werewolf of London."

-- Mary Kunz

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