Beauty and the Beast Review - Even More than Disney

There’s nothing like the timeless tale of Beauty and the Beast. This iconic love story comes to the stage as Broadway in Chicago presents Beauty and the Beast. This stellar performance brings you everything and more that you loved about the Disney animated classic. You are sure to be charmed and enchanted by this tale as old as time!

Belle and Beast


“A traditional fairy tale published in France in the mid 18th-centurym “Beauty and the Beast” is an enduring story of love and friendship that has been translated into hundreds of versions worldwide. When Walt Disney Pictures released the animate feature film Beauty and the Beast in 1991with a score by composer Alan Menken and the late lyricist Howard Ashman, it was hailed as an instant classic with critics praising its “songs worthy of a Broadway musical”. The film went on to win Academy Awards for Best Song and Best Original Score and made history as the only animated feature to ever be nominated for best picture. Given the power of the film’s story and music, the decision was made to bring Beauty and the Beast to the Broadway stage. Disney Theatrical Productions assembled the creative team and worked hard to combine the strengths of the beloved film with the possibilities of that only live theatre can offer. Linda Woolverton adapted her Beauty and the Beast screenplay to the stage, adding new scenes to fill out the story for the stage. The Oscar Winning score was expanded to include several new songs by Menken and veteran lyricist Tim Rice. Beauty and the Beast opened at the Palace Theatre on April 18, 1994, played on Broadway for over 13 years (5,461 performances, finishing its run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre), ultimately becoming the seventh longest running musical in Broadway history. Beauty and the Beast has logged over 15,000 performances in more than 120 cities and 21 countries such as Canada, Japan, Mexico, Ireland, South Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil and Argentina. The play has been translated into 8 languages: Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Italian”

Belle


Colorful and vibrant scenery transport the audience into a small French village, home of Maurice (Christopher Spencer) and his daughter, Belle (Liz Shivener), a beautiful young girl who would rather spend her time getting lost in a good book than marry Gaston (Nathanial Hackmann) the most eligible, and pompous, bachelor in town.

Gaston


One cold winters night, Maurice finds himself lost in the woods, and ends up in an enchanted castle. There lives The Beast (Justin Glaser), once a human prince turned into a hideous creature, and his servants: a spirited candelabra named Lumiere (Merrit David Janes), a anxious and overbearing clock named Cogsworth (Keith Kirkwood), a cheerful teapot, Mrs. Potts (Sabina Petra) and her son the adorable and lovable Chip (Jeremiah Frank Burch).  It is their hope that one day, someone would love the Beast before the last petal on the enchanted rose fell, and the spell would be broken.

Once Maurice is captured by the evil Beast, Belle sets off to find him. When she enters the castle, she finds her father locked away in a dungeon, where the Beast means to keep him until his death. In exchange for her his freedom, Belle takes his place and is ordered to live in the castle forever. It is within the walls of the castle that Belle learns to look past the Beast’s ugly exterior and cold temperaments and into his kind-hearted soul.  

Beast


Beast and Belle


The performance boasts award-winning music by composer Alan Menken, Tim Rice and Howard Ashman. You’re sure to leave humming the tunes of such songs as “Gaston”, “Belle” and of course “ Beauty and the Beast” and will be left awestruck by the fantastic dance sequences in “Be Our Guest” and “Human Again”.

Be Our Guest


Be Our Guest


This extraordinary musical is a must see for all ages! Experience the magic for yourself and discover why this is a Broadway classic!

Tickets for performances go on sale at 10:00a.m on Friday, January 22, 2010 and range in prince from $18 to $85. Tickets are available at all Broadway in Chicago box offices  (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. 18 W. Monroe) The Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at (800)775-2000; All Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts, and fye stores); and online at
www.BroadwayinChicago.com.
Tickets are available to groups of 15 or more by calling (312) 977-1710

Performance Schedule:
Tuesday, March 23, at 8p.m
Wednesday, March 24 at 7:30p.m
Thursday, March 25 at 7:30p.m
Friday, March 26 at 8p.m
Saturday, March 27 at 2:00 and 8p.m
Sunday, March 28 at 2:00 and 7:30p.m
Tuesday, March 30 at 7:30p.m
Wednesday, March 31 at 2:00 and 7:30p.m
Thursday, April 1 at 7:30p.m
Friday, April 2 at 8p.m
Saturday, April 3 at 2:00 and 8p.m
Sunday, April 4 at 2p.m

For more information, visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com

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