Beauty and the Beast - Gem Theatre

Critics

LemonMeter

Reviews: 2

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Fri Dec 13, 8:00pm
Sat Dec 14, 2:00pm
Sat Dec 14, 8:00pm
Sun Dec 15, 2:00pm
Thu Dec 19, 8:00pm
Fri Dec 20, 8:00pm
Sat Dec 21, 8:00pm
Sun Dec 22, 2:00pm

Spend the holidays at home at The GEM and step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! This Tony Award Winning, international sensation played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will doomed for all eternity.

This “tale as old as time” is filled with fun for the whole family; with spectacular music, costumes, sets and grand production numbers. Be our guest and experience the magic of this timeless fairytale!

Reviews

Thomas deMartino

It has been a landmark year for the award-winning One More Productions troupe at the Gem, as well as its founders Damien Lorton and Nicole Cassesso: taking chances with musical productions such as "Nine" and "Bright Star" -- not as well known, yet to great acclaim and audience response. And while this season may not have seen some of the fan favorites of previous years, such as "Always, Patsy Cline" and "The Holiday Gem" (though "Patsy" returns for a limited engagement next year, and a certain bombastic bombshell from "Holiday Gem" has her own cameo in the new production), audiences have thrilled with OMP's offerings at the Gem this season.
That being said, the Damien Lorton-directed "Beast" is a fitting pinnacle to an already remarkable season.
An alumnus of previous shows, Gerardi shines as Belle: powerfully portraying a strong, sympathetic and self-determined woman, not defined by her beauty alone, who can't help but do the right thing by others -- even at the cost of her own comfort and freedom. Fraser's Beast is a marvel to behold as well: though hidden beneath heavy mask and costume for the majority of the show, through his performance the audience easily sympathizes with his plight, touched by the vulnerability beneath his brusque exterior.
Seigel's Gaston is marvelous -- simply put, that guy you love to hate (but can't help to like a little bit too, against your better judgment.) There's actually almost a fun house mirror quality between the two characters of the Beast and Gaston: the Beast appearing monstrous, though good-hearted when one gets past his defenses, while Gaston's handsome, sculpted appearance in reality disguises his distinctly male chauvinist bent (well, okay, maybe not that well disguised... he really is toxic masculinity personified.)
There's fantastic, frenetic chemistry between Seigel and Hunter Nelson as Gaston's sycophantic bestie Lefou -- along with the three "silly girls" who are constantly swooning over the muscular menace (played with hysterical gusto by Alyssa Twombly, Kady Lawson and Jessie Mays), they all steal nearly every scene they're in.
Then again, the same could be said of the interplay between Crisafulli's manic Cogsworth and Martino's buoyant Lumiere (as well as the latter's ongoing flirtation with Walsh's feather duster, Babette.) And as with a number of other Gem productions, Beth Hanson shines: as the kindly, affable Mrs. Potts with a remarkable rendition of the title number, "Beauty and the Beast." (And Siena Engle as Chip is absolutely adorable.)
If there is one particularly stand-out moment of the whole production, it's the joyous rendition of "Be Our Guest: an uplifting, dazzling spectacle of movement and color, truly like the animated classic being brought to life before your eyes.
"Beauty and the Beast" is one for the whole family (and selling out fast, so get your tickets while you can): it's a holiday treat that will be remembered for years to come -- guaranteed to brighten and lift the spirits of even the most resigned Grinch this season.

sweet - Thom deMartino - Orange County Tribune - ...read full review


Leo Buck

This production benefits magnificently from the understanding that less is often more—relying less on special effects or stage gimmicks and more on stellar performances, always with an eye toward authenticity—despite how fantastic the situations. Why ‘seek adventure in the great wide somewhere’ when it’s right there at “The Gem Theatre”? Indeed, now’s the time to fill your holiday with enchantment with this thoroughly magical musical!

sweet - Leo Buck - Bucking Trends - ...read full review


Thomas deMartino

It has been a landmark year for the award-winning One More Productions troupe at the Gem, as well as its founders Damien Lorton and Nicole Cassesso: taking chances with musical productions such as "Nine" and "Bright Star" -- not as well known, yet to great acclaim and audience response. And while this season may not have seen some of the fan favorites of previous years, such as "Always, Patsy Cline" and "The Holiday Gem" (though "Patsy" returns for a limited engagement next year, and a certain bombastic bombshell from "Holiday Gem" has her own cameo in the new production), audiences have thrilled with OMP's offerings at the Gem this season.
That being said, the Damien Lorton-directed "Beast" is a fitting pinnacle to an already remarkable season.
An alumnus of previous shows, Gerardi shines as Belle: powerfully portraying a strong, sympathetic and self-determined woman, not defined by her beauty alone, who can't help but do the right thing by others -- even at the cost of her own comfort and freedom. Fraser's Beast is a marvel to behold as well: though hidden beneath heavy mask and costume for the majority of the show, through his performance the audience easily sympathizes with his plight, touched by the vulnerability beneath his brusque exterior.
Seigel's Gaston is marvelous -- simply put, that guy you love to hate (but can't help to like a little bit too, against your better judgment.) There's actually almost a fun house mirror quality between the two characters of the Beast and Gaston: the Beast appearing monstrous, though good-hearted when one gets past his defenses, while Gaston's handsome, sculpted appearance in reality disguises his distinctly male chauvinist bent (well, okay, maybe not that well disguised... he really is toxic masculinity personified.)
There's fantastic, frenetic chemistry between Seigel and Hunter Nelson as Gaston's sycophantic bestie Lefou -- along with the three "silly girls" who are constantly swooning over the muscular menace (played with hysterical gusto by Alyssa Twombly, Kady Lawson and Jessie Mays), they all steal nearly every scene they're in.
Then again, the same could be said of the interplay between Crisafulli's manic Cogsworth and Martino's buoyant Lumiere (as well as the latter's ongoing flirtation with Walsh's feather duster, Babette.) And as with a number of other Gem productions, Beth Hanson shines: as the kindly, affable Mrs. Potts with a remarkable rendition of the title number, "Beauty and the Beast." (And Siena Engle as Chip is absolutely adorable.)
If there is one particularly stand-out moment of the whole production, it's the joyous rendition of "Be Our Guest: an uplifting, dazzling spectacle of movement and color, truly like the animated classic being brought to life before your eyes.
"Beauty and the Beast" is one for the whole family (and selling out fast, so get your tickets while you can): it's a holiday treat that will be remembered for years to come -- guaranteed to brighten and lift the spirits of even the most resigned Grinch this season.

sweet - Thom deMartino - Orange County Tribune - ...read full review


Leo Buck

This production benefits magnificently from the understanding that less is often more—relying less on special effects or stage gimmicks and more on stellar performances, always with an eye toward authenticity—despite how fantastic the situations. Why ‘seek adventure in the great wide somewhere’ when it’s right there at “The Gem Theatre”? Indeed, now’s the time to fill your holiday with enchantment with this thoroughly magical musical!

sweet - Leo Buck - Bucking Trends - ...read full review