Beauty and the Beast

Critics

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Reviews: 4

Audience

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After blossoming its magical charm over the Civic Arts Plaza as one of the top-selling 5-Star Theatricals (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) shows of ALL TIME, we welcome you to “Be Our Guest” through the brand-new retelling of the classically enchanting tale as old as time. With music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, this much-anticipated production will transform your spirit, leaving you captivated by adventure, revenge, true friendship and love that knows no limitations.

Reviews

Joy Michelle - The Joyous Living

Leading lady Susan Egan (Belle) is just as enchanting as she must have been in 1994. Her voice as lush and dynamic as was forever captured on the Original Broadway Cast recording. Her acting just as spritely and playful as exhibited at the Tony Awards. The last 24 years have done nothing to dampen the original Belle's allure.

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Joan Alperin

Every single person in the cast is fantastic, including Marc Ginsburg as Lumiere, a maitre d' turned into a candelabra, Babette (Devon Davidson), a maid turned into a feather duster that still seems to retain her flirtatious tendencies, Mrs Potts, (Sarah Marie), the head of the kitchen who has been turned into a teapot, and her son, Chip, (Luke Pryor) turned into a teacup.

I musn't forget to mention the over-the-top narcissist Gaston, played brilliantly by Adam Hollick, who wants Belle for his wife. I don't think a character has ever been as vain as Gaston, and Hollick nails it on every level.

This musical will have you laughing, smiling, dancing in your seats and even tearing up. I know I did at the end. It's a story that will lift your spirit and fill your heart. After all, “Beauty And The Beast” is about true friendship and a love that knows no limitations.

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In fact, arguably, Belle works stronger as someone in her mid-20s or early 30s vs the sweet young thing she is in the movie (other than an odd taste for fairy tales). It emphasizes her difference from the rest of the town; it makes their assertion that she's a strange and special girl much stronger. She's someone who never married to take care of her father, and retreated into the world of her books. Most of us know folks like that. So the mature Belle works a lot better. It also makes the one “new” song (as in, “it's not on the cast album” — turns out it was added in 1998 for Toni Braxton), “A Change in Me”, even more significant.

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Don Grigware

Susan Egan returns triumphantly to the role she created on Broadway 25 years ago. It's still a sweet fairytale exuding the art of true love. The music is gorgeous, particularly Tim Rice's "If I Can't Love Her" that gives the show its spark and real substance. The entire cast shines under the fine direction of Yvette Lawrence..

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Joy Michelle - The Joyous Living

Leading lady Susan Egan (Belle) is just as enchanting as she must have been in 1994. Her voice as lush and dynamic as was forever captured on the Original Broadway Cast recording. Her acting just as spritely and playful as exhibited at the Tony Awards. The last 24 years have done nothing to dampen the original Belle's allure.

sweet-sour - joy austin - ...read full review


Joan Alperin

Every single person in the cast is fantastic, including Marc Ginsburg as Lumiere, a maitre d' turned into a candelabra, Babette (Devon Davidson), a maid turned into a feather duster that still seems to retain her flirtatious tendencies, Mrs Potts, (Sarah Marie), the head of the kitchen who has been turned into a teapot, and her son, Chip, (Luke Pryor) turned into a teacup.

I musn't forget to mention the over-the-top narcissist Gaston, played brilliantly by Adam Hollick, who wants Belle for his wife. I don't think a character has ever been as vain as Gaston, and Hollick nails it on every level.

This musical will have you laughing, smiling, dancing in your seats and even tearing up. I know I did at the end. It's a story that will lift your spirit and fill your heart. After all, “Beauty And The Beast” is about true friendship and a love that knows no limitations.

sweet - Joan Alperin - Los Angeles Beat - ...read full review


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In fact, arguably, Belle works stronger as someone in her mid-20s or early 30s vs the sweet young thing she is in the movie (other than an odd taste for fairy tales). It emphasizes her difference from the rest of the town; it makes their assertion that she's a strange and special girl much stronger. She's someone who never married to take care of her father, and retreated into the world of her books. Most of us know folks like that. So the mature Belle works a lot better. It also makes the one “new” song (as in, “it's not on the cast album” — turns out it was added in 1998 for Toni Braxton), “A Change in Me”, even more significant.

sweet - Daniel Faigin - CA Highways - ...read full review


Don Grigware

Susan Egan returns triumphantly to the role she created on Broadway 25 years ago. It's still a sweet fairytale exuding the art of true love. The music is gorgeous, particularly Tim Rice's "If I Can't Love Her" that gives the show its spark and real substance. The entire cast shines under the fine direction of Yvette Lawrence..

sweet - Don Grigware - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review