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Play Review

Wednesday, 11 April, 2012 0:23 AM

'Beauty and the Beast' is entertaining at Detroit's Fisher Theatre

Photo by Joan Marcus

Dane Agostinis as Beast and Emily Behny as Belle 2.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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DETROIT -- The first act of the musical opens with "Once upon a time long, long ago...." with the Prince (Dane Agostinis) standing in front of his castle. A homeless and ugly man approachs him and offers him a red rose for some shelter. But the Prince is a very spoiled and selfish man and says no. Then an enchantress appears and says "beauty is found within" and turns him into a Beast. If he can love and be loved, the curse will end and he will again turn into the Prince.

Belle (Emily Behny) came from a little town in France. She loves to read books, lot of books about adventure, mystery and romance. Belle likes to use her imagination.

Gaston (Logan Denninghoff) is an egotistical man who pursues Belle to win her affection and marry him, but she wants no part of it.

Belle's father, Maurice (William A. Martin), gets lost in the woods and comes upon a castle. Belle realizes her father is missing and goes to look for him. She arrives at the castle and finds her father imprisoned in a dungeon. The Beast wants to keep him there forever, but Belle says "take me instead." So the father is set free and she stays.

Maurice finds Gaston back in town and tries to enlist him to look for Belle which the Beast has held hostage. The Beast tries to be polite and act like a gentleman to Belle. But time is running out.

There was a 25-minute intermission.

Act Two begins with the Beast trying to be charming to Belle and eventually falls in love with her. But the spell is not broken til she loves him back. Belle tells him she misses her father, so he lets her go to him.

Gaston finds out about the Beast and think he's mean and dangerous, so he goes out to find him and kill him. Belle chooses to go and warn the Beast. A fight ensues, and while the Beast lays dying, Belle hugs him and tells him she loves him. The spell is broken.

The musical had 580 costume pieces and used 81 wigs. Strobe lights were used and streamers came down from the ceiling over the audience. I thought it was very entertaining for adults and children alike. There were lots of children in the audience.

Performances begin April 10-22, 2012 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. Ticket prices start at $32 and can be purchased at the Fisher Theatre Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations.

OVERALL RATING: B

Tickets are also available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.BroadwayinDetroit.com, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. Limited premium seats are available at the box office only. For group sales (12 or more) please email groups@broadwayindetroit.com or call (313) 871-1132.

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Photo by Joan Marcus

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

 

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