Beauty and the Beast went on to make history after it first premiered on Broadway in 1994. From 1994 to 2007, it ran for 5461 performances, making it the eighth longest running production in Broadway history. A commercial hit that gained critical acclaim, it has been adapted by numerous production companies the world over and has been viewed by more than 35 million people, grossing around 1.4 billion dollars in the process.
Based on the film version, the musical pretty much follows the same storyline. It revolves around a prince, cursed by an enchantress into a beast for his selfish and cruel outlook on life. The Beast can only break the spell if someone truly falls in love with him despite his appearance and that too within a certain time period.
Enter Belle, is a beautiful, smart and adventurous girl who is imprisoned by the Beast when she tries to save her father from his castle. With a chance to finally win somebody’s love, the Beast wants Belle to be the one. The basic theme dictating the musical revolves around why and how it is more important to see past the appearances and into their heart to find true love.
The production features the famous, Academy Award winning score of the original film. Composed by legendary Disney composer Alan Menken, with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, the original score of the film garnered worldwide critical acclaim.
The musical’s book has been written by Linda Woolverton. Woolverton is famous for writing the amazing screenplay for the film version of Beauty and the Beast. Her writing credits include other Disney classics like Mulan, The Lion King and Aladdin.
In the Saenger Theater version, actress Hilary Maiberger plays the role of Belle. She has performed the role over four hundred times on Broadway and is known for it particularly. Darick Bead plays the part of the Beast and brings out the inner beauty of the character whilst portraying him as the intimidating, imposing Beast. The role of the overconfident, boorish and van villain Gaston is played superbly by Tim Rogan, who adds just the right amount of comedic swagger to the character.
A show for the whole family, the hit musical has a captivating story line and simply wonderful music. So do not miss a chance to watch this production live and buy now.