Happy Friday MMT Family! I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST here in Philly on Tuesday, and watching a good bit of the audience promptly revert back to their childhood – some in front of their children, LOL!
The production is a glorious display of the Disney story – based on the French fairy tale of the same name written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont – which features former human prince “Beast,” played humorously by Sam Hartley, whose entire household has been cursed by an enchantress for his less than lovely behavior. The only way the spell can be lifted is if Beast finally learns how to truly love someone – and be loved by that person in return. Enter Belle, delightfully portrayed by Brooke Quintana, who exchanges her freedom for her captive father in the Beast’s castle, and the race the break the curse begins!
My favorite things about the play were the elaborate costumes and set designs, the crowd-engagement scenes, and Ryan N. Phillips as “Lumiere” stole my heart – yes, I had a kiddie moment myself during Lumiere & ensemble’s “Be Our Guest” routine!
I will say that I’ve always taken issue with the aggression of the male characters – i.e. Gaston, and Beast initially – towards Belle. And between the former and the mild sexual suggestions (ooh & some of the costumes were a bit risqué), I wouldn’t recommend this play for itty bitty pre-schoolers – oh, but some of the kids looked adorable dressed in Belle and other character costumes for their night out at the theater! So, it really is up to an individual’s discretion – but please be forewarned.
All-in-all, the musical is a fun watch of the old story that many know and love, and it’s on Broadway Philly #BWYPHL through Sunday, February 21. You can get additional information about BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at www.kimmelcenter.org.
Stop back and share your thoughts if you check it out!
Until next thought, Thomasena