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A Tale as Old as Time - Beauty and the Beast is a magical story in a magical place.

  • Jan 7, 2011

Live stage performances at Walt Disney World have added a wonderful entertainment experience for the adults visiting the parks, which I think the children tolerate for our sake. No matter, I love them for any number of reasons, not the least of which I’m such a fan of Disney animation, but especially those from the 1980’s and 90’s like Beauty and Beast. A short video of one number from the park production is today’s Monday Magic – It’s Almost Like Being There.

It was no surprise as we’re walking down Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Studios last October that we turned into this attraction to catch a show. I’ve always loved live stage performances, and had the opportunity to attend several on- and off-Broadway productions over time. But even amateur productions in high school, colleges and community theatre are wonderful to enjoy. And I particularly love the musicals, which are a staple for many Disney animated films.

The Disney animated feature Beauty and the Beast was casted with many of my favorite performers and some of Broadway’s greatest stars, like Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts and Jerry Orbach at Lumiere, whose live stage credits went much beyond Lennie Brisco of Law and Order fame. Even Robby Benson, who before playing the Beast I had never heard sing, enhanced the production.

The Theatre of the Stars is where Beauty is performed many times daily, but as a shortened half-hour extract based on the film. The score selections are very familiar, and recorded in some numbers since I don’t think Angela Lansbury is hiding back stage. The theatre hold 1,500 people and I’ve never seen anyone turned away for lack of a seat, even on the busiest days.

One of the Howard Ashman and Alan Menken scores I’ve captured on film, using my Kodak Zi8 is the closing production and the song Beauty and the Beast. Unfortunately I was not in the best audience location, but for a first-timer using a handheld camera, both the visuals and the sound came out pretty good

I’ve also found some websites you might find interesting, including one that includes the lyrics of all the songs from the Disney film production. A summary of the film is located on the Internet Movie Database. Recently a new Beauty and the Beast disc collection was issued, and can be purchased almost anyway DVDs are sold, but also on Amazon (Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in DVD Packaging).

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January 11, 2011
I loved this live show! We were in the front row VIP section with the actor who played Lt. Dan in "Forest Gump." It was amazing! This is my all time favorite Disney film, and we got special tickets to see the show because it was our Honeymoon. I loved the video you included! I'll have to see about writing a review on this topic too. Well-done!
January 10, 2011
I loved Beauty and the Beast when I was a child, I think my daughter would love the live show!
January 08, 2011
Beauty and the Beast is one of my Disney faves. I never had a chance to check out the play but, hopefully they come to the Bay Area so I can take my niece! Thanks for sharing :)
January 07, 2011
Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite stories growing up, as well as one of my favorite Disney movies! I didn't realize that there was a stage adaptation, but now I really want to see it. I hope they come to San Francisco, but if not, then when I'm in Hollywood! Thanks for sharing, Bruce :)
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Hi folks. My blog is A World View - Enjoying Walt Disney World. I actually think it was watching a True-Life Adventure called the Living Desert that started my enthusiastic love of Disney. I must have … more
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Many of literature's most enduring stories explore universal themes. One of the most popular themes is that of the Beauty and the Beast: An ugly exterior that hides a pure nature, as well as a beautiful exterior that camouflages an ugly soul.
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