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The play had a weird start. You see the young haughty prince, and when the old beggar woman approaches, you can tell something's up. Her hands and arms looked weird, but I couldn't tell why. Then she shows her true form as an enchantress, and she's about 15 feet tall; she's a ginormous puppet. Why they couldn't just make her a beautiful woman with a wand beats me.
|Why couldn't she look like this? Images found here: http://goo.gl/D81F0F & http://goo.gl/MblF6Q|
We got to see the townspeople again while Gaston (played by Cameron Bond) sang about how great he is. While he was a pretty good actor, his sidekick Lefou (which means "crazy" in French) was super-annoying. His comedic relief was all physical comedy, and while that is a big hit with children (there were lots of kids in the audience), I found it obnoxious. Another thing that bothered me during the bar scene was that the actors clanked their beer mugs together to go along to the music. Though I assume they were going for the "cups effect" (if you will), the noise was so jarring, and they did it for way too long! But I did enjoy the three silly girls who fawned over Gaston.
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|Amazing costumes, too! Image found here: http://goo.gl/vl8c4S|
|I'm not sure his is the actual cast I saw, but it gives you an idea of how they looked. Image found here: http://goo.gl/4xkCoQ|
|Very clever how they created Chip! Image found here: http://goo.gl/tz4IwL|
Too bad the actor who was Lumiere (Patrick Pevehouse) did not have an accent as good as the original! http://goo.gl/Xn8t2r
|And Mrs. Potts is just not the same without Angela Lansbury. Image found here: http://goo.gl/9jG6Vi|
|"Be Our Guest" number. Image found here: http://goo.gl/WD5Jbx|
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Oh isn't this amazing?
It's my favorite part, you'll see
Here's where she meet Prince Charming
But she won't discover that it's him 'til chapter 3
New, and a bit alarming
Who'd have ever thought that this could be?
True, that he's no prince charming
But there's something in him that I simply didn't see
There are so many great songs from Beauty and the Beast! I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the play, and it didn't hurt that the second act was so short (I always get sleepy near the end, since I'm not a night owl!). Plus, the Warner Theatre is such a beautiful venue! Four out of five stars!
|My heart: it hurts. Image found here|
P.S. - 30 Things You Didn't Know about Beauty and the Beast (via BuzzFeed)
P.P.S. - The cartoon movie is NOT streaming on Netflix. Hmpf!