Beauty and the Beast may be a tale as old as time, but it’s one that never feels tired. Attending opening night yesterday was a dream my 6 year old self didn’t know it had. My second all-time favorite Disney movie (following The Little Mermaid, of course), Beauty and the Beast translates wonderfully to the stage and is just as entertaining as I remembered. The characters are cast and played so well, you’ll swear they jumped right out of the Disney classic, Enchanted style. Belle is the same bookworm that I identified with growing up (my favorite place in elementary school was the public library, hands down) and Gaston is the perfect villain you love to hate (or maybe it’s hate to love), but with larger-than-life biceps in the real world.
All of your favorite songs are included, and a few new ones for good measure. The crowd goes wild over Be Our Guest (live dancing plates!), and there’s a collective swoon when Belle and the Beast dance to Mrs. Potts’ rendition of Beauty and the Beast song. Plus you know you’ve always wanted to see Belle’s gown in real life (it has a magnificently huge skirt).