Oct 4, 201110:39 AMArts
Tale As Old As Time
If you are looking for a night of family friendly entertainment, take your kids to see the musical-stage performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast playing at the Aronoff Center through Sunday, October 9.
I attended Cincinnati’s opening night performance. It’s a “tale as old as time,” and younger audiences will be delighted to see Belle, Gaston, Lumier, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and all their other favorites come to life right in front of their eyes. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is 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 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 all eternity.
Director Rob Roth says,
“It has been wonderful to bring the entire original design team back together to work on this new production of Beauty and the Beast. As a director, it is rare to have the opportunity to revisit your work fifteen years later. Hopefully I’ve grown and developed as an artist, along with my collaborators, and we can bring 15 years of experience to this new production. We have remained very close as a team over the years of producing the show around the world, and it has been so much fun getting together to re-explore and re-invent the show for this new NETworks tour. The theme of ‘Beauty’ is about seeing past the exterior into the heart of someone, and this is reflected in the design for the show, which is about transparency and layers, seeing past one thing and into another.”
More seasoned Broadway audiences may be disappointed, however, as this is not the same production mounted on Broadway or has been performed in Cincinnati in the past.