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Disney’s Beauty and The Beast – The Original Broadway Musical Spectacular

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Period:24 Feb 2015 - 15 Mar 2015

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Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, one of the longest-running and highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time, will be staged at Muang Thai Rachadalai Theatre for nearly three weeks, from Feb 24 to March 15, daily at 7.30pm (except Mondays).

There will also be a matinee performance on weekends, at 2pm.

Presented by BEC-Tero and Scenario, the show is part of international tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the acclaimed production, which premiered on Broadway in 1994.

It ran for 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated film, the musical tells the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress.

If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed back to his former self. But if he doesn’t learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Bringing the Broadway classic to life on the Bangkok stage will be the show’s original Broadway creative team. The show is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West. It boasts music by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tangled) and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), with additional songs with music by Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice (The Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar).

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Beauty and the Beast.

The wait is over for those wishing to watch the Broadway musical version of Beauty And The Beast. To celebrate its 20th anniversary on the stage, Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, The Original Broadway Musical Spectacular, will premiere at Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre on Feb 24 and run until March 15.

The first tour of this musical in Thailand will see the show’s original Broadway creative team reuniting to bring this classic to life. Brought to you by Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks and Broadway Entertainment Group along with Muangthai Life Assurance, Bangkok Bank, and BEC-Tero Scenario, the performance is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West. 

“None of the shows are similar because they are live shows,” said Raksit Rakkandee, BEC-Tero Scenario’s concert and event director. “Each show is different, but we promise to ensure quality to equal the original.”

According to him, Beauty And The Beast the musical features more than 800 costumes and 50 sets compared to about 20 sets in Phantom Of The Opera. All the settings and props were finely created. 

This production is comprised of costume design by Ann Hould‑Ward, Tony Award winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, lighting design by Natasha Katz, scenic design by Stanley Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr and music supervision by Michael Kosarin. The actors, actresses and production team of Broadway Entertainment Group have so far performed in the United States, Canada, Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Greece, Italy and the Philippines before coming to the Land of Smiles.

Disney’s Beauty And The Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young rural woman, and the Beast, who is actually a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress.

If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But, time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for eternity.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award winning animated feature film, Disney’s Beauty And The Beast premiered on Broadway in 1994, where it was nominated for nine Tony Awards and ran for 13 years. It still ranks as one of the longest-running and highest‑grossing Broadway shows of all time.

Late last year, a group of Thai reporters had the opportunity to watch Disney’s Beauty And The Beast the musical in Istanbul, Turkey. The show brought pleasure to us. Once the curtain rises, the audience will first see the jungle scene telling of a love-denying prince who turns into the Beast. The way the scene glows in the dark reflects good lighting design. The second fun-filled scene introduces the beautiful bookworm Belle, her big and powerful admirer Gaston and his funny friend Lefou.

The mood is swung to fright and excitement in the third scene when Belle’s father is locked up in the Beast’s castle and meets Cogsworth and Lumiere. After that, Belle follows her father to the castle and offers to change places with him.

Mrs Potts leads Belle to her beautiful room and shows her the stunning wardrobe. In the drinking scene which involves Gaston and friends, tension is eased with the sounds of funny songs and gestures by Gaston.

Two of the most impressive songs to me are the romantic If I Can’t Love Her, sung by the Beast, and the hilarious Be Our Guest, sung by Lumiere, Mrs Potts and friends. In the following dating scenes, Human Again, the song and dance performed by those playing plates, spoons, forks, cups and kettles is hilarious.

The romantic date between the Beast and Belle is highlighted with the glamour of Belle and the beautiful voice and cute dance of Mrs Potts, who sings Beauty And The Beast. Eventually, the Beast learns to love and the curse is removed. The happy ending impresses the audience with the songs A Change In Me sung by Belle and Beauty And The Beast sung by Belle, the Prince and company.

Darick Pead (Beast) admitted playing the part of Beast, which is very big in the movie, is difficult because he is not that tall. However, he said it was fun to be able to play the Beast because of the costumes and make-up.

“I don’t think I have had much pressure to be what you have seen in the movie, especially because in the past 20 years I have watched other versions of the show,” he said.

“The Beast has been going through transformation and I tried to figure out what he’s really like. I think it will be a surprise to see how funny the Beast is and there is a lot of funny stuff. It’s not like being sad all the time. There is actually some humour.”

Hilary Maiberger, who plays Belle and had taken the role of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin at Disneyland, noted that the whole cast is incredibly talented — singing, dancing and acting — and the audience will not feel disappointed.

“There is pressure to be an iconic role in a film. I grew up watching the film. For me, you have to make sure you can maintain who you are and bring life into the role to make sense and be fun to watch,” she said.

“There is pressure when people want to see Belle the way they see in the film. So, you have to stay true to yourself. It’s a challenge to keep it fresh and keep it exciting. It’s a dream role of mine.”

Paul Crane, who plays Maurice, said the team takes a lot of inspiration from the movie, but tries not to directly imitate.

In addition, James May, who plays Cogsworth, recalled that the audience responded differently and laughed at different things, so the team try to adopt different jokes and different languages.

According to Adam Dietlein, who plays Gaston, the show is spectacular, all new and for all ages.

“Working with the original creative team, the show is incredible. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said.

“This is truly one of the longest running Broadway shows. Being part of that is special. In addition to the cast, costumes are the best and of Broadway top-notch quality.”


 

- Tickets for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Muangthai Ratchadalai Theatre are available now at all ThaiTicketMajor outlets or via www.thaiticketmajor.com or 02-262-3838 at prices of 1,000/2,000/2,500/3,000/3,500 and 4,000 baht.„„

- Visit www.bectero.com, www.beautyandthebeastontour.com or www.facebook/bectero.com.

Lumiere and Cogsworth.
Gaston and Lefou.

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