Review of "Beauty and the Beast" Theatre Performance Once upon a time, a young Prince lived in a shining castle. One cold night an old beggar woman arrived, offering him a single rose in return for shelter from the cold. Repulsed by her ugliness, he turned her away. Suddenly, she transformed into a beautiful enchantress and to punish the Prince, she turned him into a hideous beast. Then she gave him a magic mirror and an enchanted rose, telling him it would bloom until his twenty-first year.
To break the spell, he must love another and earn that person's love in return before the last petal fell. Can you recognize which musical this story is based upon? Why its none other than the classic fairy-tale "Beauty and the Beast!"Beauty and the Beast" is a musical based upon the classic Disney fairy-tale. I saw it this weekend in New York with my best friend Jamie who attends NYU. I was very ecstatic when I found out we were going, because not only is Beauty and the Beast my favorite Disney movie, but also I love seeing shows on Broadway.
In recent years I have seen many outstanding shows, but this one was quite different in that it is set for a younger age group, yet it appeals to adults as well. The special effects, the scenery, the characters, and the atmosphere of the play were outstanding. Everything from the costumes to the special effects were amazing. Every costume resembled that in the movie. They all were very elaborate and very beautiful which added to the magic of the evening. The special effects were really neat too, they had a few explosions when people had to make disappearances, sparklers flying during the dinner scene, and lighting tricks.
One of my favorite things about this show however was the scenery. Whether it was seeing people running errands in the town, Belle walking in the forest, or taking a trip around the mysterious castle, the scenery grabbed you and made you feel as though you were right with the actors, Speaking of the actors, I thought they did a remarkable job of portraying the characters from the Disney movie. They brought a lot of life, many laughs, and seemed like they were having tons of fun. I did not have a favorite character in the play, because everyone did such a great job, yet I found the actor playing the candle to be really funny. In one scene he was trying to flirt with the French duster and his actions were so incredibly hilarious that I was in tears! The play was a blast, and I had lots of fun. The musical Beauty and the Beast was like non-other that I had seen.
Before my eyes, the movie that I fell in love with was coming to life. It was almost as if I had been whimsically thrown into the story myself. I was completely captivated and enveloped into the story; feeling sorry for Belle, laughing at all of the silly house objects, getting angry at Gaston, and a little teary-eyed towards the end when they are trying to kill the beast. I recommend everyone to see this show for it "takes" you back to when you were young and made you a part of the fairy tale.