Tale as Old as Time at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

beauty and the beast

Be our guest! Be our guest! Put our service to the test… cue dancing utensils! Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Broadway Musical was truly an eventful and entertaining show that would bring smiles and laughter to all ages. The show was perfectly put together with colourful theatrical scenery, enticing choreography and even impressive magic tricks.

The production is based on the tale of Beauty and the Beast. This classic fairy tale never gets old and I’ve always believed many stories originated and were inspired from this story. While the original tale of Beauty and the Beast may be different from Disney’s version, I am sure everyone is familiar with the plot of this ancient fairy tale. In short, a beautiful and intelligent lady named Belle volunteers to become Beast’s prisoner in place of her father, but she ends up falling in love with the Beast which over and above breaks the magic spell that had been casted on to the entire castle by an Enchantress. In the end, the Beast evolves back into a handsome prince and lives happily ever after with Belle and his no long enchanted servants.

The show reminded me of a storybook, but I would assume this is because it is a Disney production and is intended to be suitable for families and individuals of all ages. The cast was phenomenal; Belle was played by the experienced Jillian Butterfield who also once played Cinderella in the Cinderella musical, the Beast was played by charming Ryan Everett Wood who is famous from his previous role as Buzz Lightyear in Disney’s Toy Story the Musical. Even the villain, Gaston, played by Cameron Bond was comical! (Moreover, he, at many points during the production, remind me of Johnny Bravo… must have been the macho poses he constantly struck!)

While the entire cast was impeccable in delivering the musical to the audience, I would like to especially commend Patrick Pevehouse who played Lumiere in this production. Not only was he enticing with his take on his character’s accent, but he made Lumiere’s character even more charming than I recall from Disney’s animation. Biasedly, my favourite number from the show was Be Our Guest! The incredible scene was led by Lumiere but was completed with Mrs.Potts and the other enchanted objects. The choreography was energetically delivered which made the number fun and brilliant, it was definitely one of the highlights of the show!

This production will be featured at Queen Elizabeth Theatre from February 3 – 8th.