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Play Review

Tuesday, 25 March, 2014 11:27 PM

'Beauty and the Beast' is a must-see at the Fisher Theatre

Photo by Amy Boyle

Tim Rogan as Gaston and the cast of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- As in usual Disney fashion, "Beauty and the Beast" wows the audience at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. This musical runs from March 25 - 30, 2014.

The award-winning smash hit with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman are together again for this new touring production. The audience included a lot of children, some of them even dressed up as the princess.

The play begins as the Prince, played by Derek Pead, is cast by a spell and turns into a beast. The beast needs to learn to love and be loved in order for the spell to be broken so he can be transformed into his former self. He tries to be nice to Belle, played by Hilary Maiberger, but sometimes it doesn't work. If he doesn't learn his lesson soon, by midnight he will be doomed forever.

Gaston, played by Tim Rogan, is the bully and threatens to kill the beast.

I liked the song "Be My Guest" as the cast danced dressed like forks, knives, spoons and plates across the stage. Three hundred and fifty feet of streamers were shot into the audience during this particular song.

This wonderful, magical tale was so beautiful in its set design with amazing colors and lighting. There were many set changes and the costumes included 580 costume pieces with the use of 81 wigs. The performance contains special effects, strobe lights and theatrical haze and fog.

The musical lasted two and a half hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Performance times are Tuesday through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., Thursday matinee at 1:00 p.m., Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m., Sunday matinee at 1:00 p.m. and a Sunday evening performance at 6:30 p.m. There will be no evening performance on Thursday.

OVERALL RATING: A

Tickets for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast range from $29 to $89 and will go on sale Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com, and at the Fisher Theatre box office. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the box office. For group sales (12 or more) please email groups@broadwayindetroit.com or call (313) 871-1132. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

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Photo by Amy Boyle

Darick Pead as Beast and Hilary Maiberger as Belle

 

Photo by Amy Boyle

The Enchanted Objects of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."

 

 

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