and the Beast Live
All of the action, humor
and romance that made Walt Disney Pictures' animated classic "Beauty and the
Beast" a favorite among film audiences also explains the popularity of
"Beauty and the Beast-Live On Stage" at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
The 25-minute musical extravaganza uses elaborate props, extravagant
costumes, colorful production numbers and dramatic special effects to tell
the mesmerizing, fairy tale love story of Belle and the Beast, which can
been seen at Theater of the Stars.
Many elements found in the film also are used in the stage show, including
the vocal talents of stage and screen stars such as Robby Benson (Beast),
Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts, the teapot), Jerry Orbach (Lumiere, the
candelabra), David Ogden Stiers of "M*A*S*H" (Cogsworth, the clock) and
young Bradley Pierce (Chip, the cup), who brought to life the film's most
The stage production also borrows many of the film's popular songs. Credit
for the collection of toe-tapping tunes belongs to Academy Award-winning
composers Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who also collaborated on the score
from "The Little Mermaid."
"The stage show brings the film to life, while keeping all the magic and
wonder of the animated version," said Jan Jacobsen, one of the show's stage
As the show opens, audiences are welcomed by "Be Our Guest," a fun, upbeat
number, performed by a collection of dancing chefs, bubbling bottles and a
sherbet parfait that becomes a beautiful show girl.
A quaint, French country village is where Belle, the beautiful heroine, and
Gaston, the over-sized villain with an equally large ego, first appear and
"The Mob Song" is the scariest and most suspenseful part of the show and
takes place in a dark forest pierced with streaks of lightning, wolves' eyes
and huge bats with 8-foot wing spans. Here, Gaston leads the villagers on a
rampage to "kill the beast." This tirade results in the emotional climax in
which Belle proves that love conquers all as the Beast miraculously
transforms -- on stage -- into a handsome prince!
In the final scene, Belle and her prince dance to the tender theme song
"Beauty and the Beast," recorded by Angela Lansbury, while surrounded by
dazzling special effects, white doves and serenading beaus and maidens -- a
true fairy tale ending.
Show Scene One
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