Beauty and the Beast

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  • I Fall In Love With This Show Every Time I See It

    Mar 20, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Expanding on this classic story only improves it
    Cons: Only minor ones worth noting in passing

    Summary: It's no secret that I absolutely love Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  So every chance I get, I go see the Broadway version of the show.  I've seen the touring company three times now (and two local productions).  The show is ... read more

  • Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. One magical and memorable night

    Jun 17, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A lot like the movie. Breathtakingly Beautiful. Amazing Set and advanced technical aspects.
    Cons: I would like to have had a closer seat. Tickets can be pricey.

    Summary: : I loved this production; the acting and costumes were great, and the set was breathtaking. Lights and the music were beautiful. It was a magical experience that I will never forget. This show is great for families and people of all ages, because of ... read more

  • A Magical Experience for all Ages

    Aug 13, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Carlson Romano is great, a thrill for my daughter to see her. Spectacular Effects!
    Cons: High priced souviners

    Summary: For my mother's 75th birthday I got tickets for her, myself and my 9 year old daughter to see Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. It was the first time my daughter had been to Broadway and her grandmother was excited to experience it with her. My ... read more

  • Intriguing, but Somewhat Bland

    Sep 20, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Set design
    Cons: Score

    Summary: Beauty and The Beast is the 2nd Best Disney musical currently on Broadway. Basically, it is a word-on-word take-on-take clone of the movie. The technical design for the show was quite spectacular, but the score was mediocre and had corny lyrics which ... read more

  • Beauty and the Beast on Broadway: Introduce the Magic of Theatre to Your Children!

    Jun 18, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: music, costumes, sets - it's all dazzling!
    Cons: if children can't sit through the movie, don't try to bring them to the play

    Summary: Living just outside New York City, I had the opportunity growing up to see many plays. However, as I got into my twenties, I think the only thing I hunted for in the City were watering holes (with good music). When my oldest daughter was only four, we ... read more

  • Is The Beast Really A Beast In Disney's Beauty and The Beast On Broadway?

    Jun 9, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Entertaining, Costumes, Songs, Actors
    Cons: The Beast was too gentle

    Summary: My boyfriend's favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast. It was my turn to pick the broadway play and since I had heard good reviews on this one, I paid the $200.00 and got ready to go to NYC for the day. Both of us were very excited, being Disney ... read more

  • A Long Story

    Jan 3, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: beautiful scenery and costumes, very true to the fairy tale
    Cons: a bit too long and dull

    Summary: Although Beauty and the Beast had beautiful costumes and scenery, it was a bit too long, almost three hours. My favorite parts were the humorous parts with the character Lumiere, who acted like Maurice Chevalier, ... read more

  • Beauty or Beast?

    Nov 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Family Show,
    Cons: too long,

    Summary: If you have seen the movie then you have seen the play. And I wish I hadn't seen the play, for I loved the movie and was disappointed. I found the play to be drawn out, the music numbers were added to and way too long. Be Our Guest which was ... read more

  • Loved it twice

    Nov 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Entertaining, Fun, quick moving, its Disney
    Cons: Theatre seats in general

    Summary: Both times I experienced this production I left the theater with a good feeling about the production and the money spent. My wife, oldest daughter and I went to New York to see this play because my daughter truly enjoys certain Disney productions. ... read more

  • kids will be dazzled

    Aug 4, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Fabulous for kids
    Cons: There aren't really any

    Summary: I went to see the Beauty and the Beast play in Chicago. It was my birthday present. Along with me was a 3 yr. old little girl who I used to babysit. I enjoyed it tremendously, but I mostly enjoyed seeing a 3 year old thoroughly enthrawled with the ... read more

  • A Long Story

    May 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: beautiful scenery and costumes, very true to the fairy tale
    Cons: a bit too long and dull

    Summary: Although Beauty and the Beast had beautiful costumes and scenery, it was a bit too long, almost three hours. My favorite parts were the humorous parts with the character Lumiere, who acted like Maurice Chevalier, ... read more

  • The Beauty of Beauty and the Beast

    Mar 31, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It was fun for all ages.
    Cons: It doesn't have the same feeling that some of the more "adult" shows have.

    Summary: When I was invited to see Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, I was somewhat skeptical. I must have seen the movie one hundred times from baby sitting. Despite all the hype of the movie, I was sick of seeing the thing. I was afraid the special effects ... read more

  • Touring Company Production

    Nov 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sets, costumes, a delight for children
    Cons: Couldn't find any

    Summary: Itís a tale as old as time: Sheís the daughter of the crazy old town inventor, ridiculed by the townsfolk for her bookishness and her dreams of finding her prince charming. Heís a prince with a curse on his head, hiding his hideous form away in a ... read more

  • Breathtaking

    Nov 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Unbelievable production; incredible sets; wonderful costumes; I can go on and on...
    Cons: Nothing I can think of

    Summary: This summer, my lucky daughter (Candice923) won tickets off of WLTW to see Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. She brought me, my eldest niece Elisandra and her best friend Dionne (Dionne25). What a treat! Since working as an art ... read more

  • Best Show I've EVER Seen!

    Aug 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Magnificent sets; Incredible choreography; Wonderful talent; Beautiful Story
    Cons: The audience was rude, rude, RUDE!

    Summary: You all know that I'm an actress. At the tender (bah) age of 23, I have performed in 32 productions, and I'm about to embark upon a huge endeavor with bringing improvisational theatre to Alaska. Aside from participating in theatre, I have seen over 40 ... read more

  • Ooh La La Lumiere, Let Me Be Your Guest!!!

    Aug 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Costumes, set design, special effects, Lumiere was the best
    Cons: Nothing - I was too impressed

    Summary: I wouldn't consider myself to be a theatre aficionado, but I have seen a number of plays in my days. While many of these plays hold some kind of memory for me, I would have to say that after seeing Beauty and the Beast last night at the ... read more

  • Very Good, But Falls Short of the Movie's Choreography

    Jul 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Gorgeous sets, terrific characters, good singing, super special effects.
    Cons: Flat in choreography and overall impact, as compared with the movie.

    Summary: It's hard not to compare this play to the movie that inspired it; I feel the movie version is one of the best musicals ever filmed, even if it is a cartoon. Thus, even though this production is done on a fairly grand scale, it falls a bit ... read more

  • What a Beauty!

    Jul 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: wonderful fantasy
    Cons: none

    Summary: I just recently came back from New York City and got the chance to see Disney's Beauty and the Beast. I have seen the cartoon movie that Disney had made, and thought it would be pretty hard to outdo it. I was wrong! The actors brought the ... read more

  • Disney has done it again!

    Jul 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great play!
    Cons: none

    Summary: What makes a trip to New York City complete when traveling with children? A trip to a Broadway show. Not any show, a Disney production. My choice was Beauty and the Beast. This was a fantastic production. Not only did it keep my ... read more

  • Loved It!

    May 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Sets/Costumes & Followed Disney Story
    Cons: May be scary for very young children

    Summary: I have now seen this play on Broadway twice, both with children around 5 years old. Grown ups and children both thoroughly enjoyed it. We were all familiar with the Disney cartoon rendition, and felt the show didn't stray too much from that ... read more

  • Classic Tale with Pizazz

    May 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The sets are amazing. The acting is great. Perfect for children!
    Cons: The Disney play is much like the Disney's animated film of this story, so it is a bit repetitive if you've seen the movie.

    Summary: Broadway's "Beauty and the Beast" takes this classic fairy tale and turns it into a ravishing vision. The play is basically a live version of Disney's animated feature of the story, with a few additions and subtractions. So, if you have ... read more

  • Very Good

    May 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Music and Special Effects
    Cons: None

    Summary: The beauty and the beast play was extremely good! It had great special effects that I am still racking my brain to figure out how they did some of them. The acting was great. It was a perfect play for the whole family. Grownups will have a blast ... read more

  • That's Entertainment!!!

    May 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Costumes, sets and fun!
    Cons: Completely brainless.

    Summary: I grew up in NY. My mother was a professional actress and singer. By the age of 6 I had already seen more than 30 shows. Most of them not geared towards children. Actually, most of them not even remotely appropriate for children. I love theater. I ... read more

  • Beauty, The Beast, and Me

    May 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beauty, Songs, Sets
    Cons: Beast, Length

    Summary: I saw this show when the tour came to Raleigh, NC. Granted this is more than a little off-Broadway, but they still have some high caliber talent involved. Overall, I enjoyed the show very much. Here are the highlights and lowlights: ... read more

  • A spectacular Beauty!

    May 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Unbelievable special effects.
    Cons: Some parts can be frightening to children.

    Summary: We saw Beauty and the Beast at the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia over the Christmas holidays. This was my daughter's first experience with Broadway theatre and she loved it. I think we all know the story of Beauty and the Beast from our ... read more

  • Scenery steals the show

    Apr 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: scenery
    Cons: know the story before you see it

    Summary: I had the opportunity to see this show with colleagues from work on a bus trip to New York City. We had great seats. We were roughly 15 rows from the stage, in the center of orchestra seating. The story seen on stage is very similar, I guess ... read more

  • A Winner For All Ages!

    Apr 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great show, costumes, and set!
    Cons: NONE

    Summary: Disney has outdone themselves with this one! We went and saw this production in Orlando, Florida. The set was UNBELIEVABLE and the changes were so fast and effortless. The costumes were breath taking! This is a traveling show I would see again! The ... read more

  • The Belle of Broadway

    Apr 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful songs, lavish sets and costumes, a wonderful story.
    Cons: Tickets are expensive.

    Summary: I enjoyed this play so much on Broadway that when it came to my own town of Columbus, Ohio, I went to see it a second time. (My review is not specific to either production, since I make no mention of the actors.) Many of my co-workers also ended up ... read more

  • I am speachless....

    Apr 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Special effects
    Cons: I wanted to never end!!

    Summary: Last week my class went to New York, to go and see some Broadway plays. My teachers choose to see Beauty and the Beast. Let me just tell you, when the play was done, no one was sitting down. The costumes were gorgeous, the props were phenomenal, the ... read more

  • Disney bought to life!

    Mar 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: All ages event
    Cons: tickets are hard to get

    Summary: Last week, while a bunch of friends and I visited New York City, we had the opportunity to see Beauty and The Beast on Broadway. Before leaving our hotel, we were discussing the possiblity that this production may be a bit on the childish side because ... read more

  • Spectacular Show for the Young and Not-So-Young

    Mar 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A great time for everyone young and old
    Cons: None

    Summary: My husband took me to see Beauty and the Beast 2 years ago for our first wedding anniversary. He said he really wasn't sure how I'd react to tickets to this particular play, but at the time, it was the only Broadway show he could get tickets for without ... read more

  • Spectacular

    Mar 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful Effects, Great Acting, Spectacular Scenery
    Cons: none

    Summary: I saw Beauty on Broadway two years ago. I went into the show with a positive feeling, because Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. When I left, not only did I still have that positive feeling, but I was in awe! Although I had HORRIBLE seats, ... read more

  • Not a total beauty, but not a total beast either

    Mar 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great special effects, sets and costumes
    Cons: Not the most stirring of musicals

    Summary: The Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast was a far cry from the best musical I've ever seen, but it wasn't nearly the worst either. Adapted from the classic Disney animated version, the musical follows the plot closely, however there are some added ... read more

  • Gaston's Revenge

    Feb 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nicely staged, good special effects.
    Cons: The bad guys are more entertaining than the good guys.

    Summary: "Beauty and the Beast" is one of Disney's revamped fairy tales. Unlike "The Little Mermaid" this telling stays pretty true to the original tale, and moral. In the story by the Bothers Grimm, there is no Gaston or Lafou to add humor ... read more

  • A family show

    Feb 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: magical, colorful, fun, unexpected
    Cons: the kids in the audience can be distracting

    Summary: The first time I saw Beauty and the Beast, I was dragged, because a friend of mine wanted to go. I didn't see how a cartoon could be put on stage effectively - candlesticks and teacups don't sing and dance. I went during the summer for a weekday ... read more

  • Great for all ages!!

    Feb 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Energetic and exciting show
    Cons: Don't go if you don't enjoy a theatre full of families

    Summary: On a recent trip to NYC, I decided to take my kids to see a Broadway show. Since they are ages 14 and 3, I was fairly limited in my choices. I only hoped my 14 year old son would not be too bored at a Disney production. I am happy to say that he ... read more

  • Beauty of a show!

    Jan 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Real life fantasy comes true
    Cons: grabbing a taxi after the show

    Summary: We attended an evening show in the month of June 1999. We attended the show at the Palace Theatre and had seats in the third row of the balcony. This directly overhung a major portion of the lower seats and therefore put us very close to the stage. We ... read more

  • I'll Be Disney's Guest for This Beauty!

    Jan 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The elaborate special effects
    Cons: The added music scores are bland and out of character

    Summary: I was very curious to see how Disney was going to pull off a staged, musical version of their award winning animated Beauty and the Beast. Already a fan of the original version, I was under the opinion that some things just shouldn't be tampered ... read more

  • this is a good one

    Jan 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: its a good one
    Cons: toy have to see it

    Summary: we sall this play not too loing ago and i likes it very much the reason i likes it becouse the people in it look as if they fit in it and they looked as if they did a very good job. I am not one to go to alot of plays but this one i would probly go ... read more

  • Beauty And The Best..Excellent Show

    Jan 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Costumes and Music was excellent
    Cons: Tickets are a lil expensive

    Summary: My husband and I have wanted to see this show for quite some time and we finally did and we both loved it! The costumes were beautiful and the show was so nicely performed....It was a great show for both the young and the old...it was easy to follow and ... read more

  • Beauty's Broadway

    Dec 30, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything
    Cons: I can't see it everyday

    Summary: "Beauty and the Beast" was an absolutely beautiful movie, and it is an even better stage-production. While the Disney name often denotes an offering for children, as with the films, the appeal is truly to children of all ages. I ... read more

  • Fun for the Entire Family!!

    Dec 28, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: wonderful special effects, fun songs and dance numbers
    Cons: Loud noises, the beast at times can be scary

    Summary: Beauty and the Beast is one of the most spectacular shows that I have ever seen. As a professional broadway actress, I view musical theater with a different eye than most other people. The lavish sets and costumes are a sheer delight to look at, you'll ... read more

  • Even better than the movie

    Dec 26, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: More music, excellent special effects
    Cons: None

    Summary: This is an incredible musical adaptation. While the Disney animated movie is one of my favorites, the stage version completely overshadows the movie. There are additional songs that I miss whenever I watch the movie, particularly the Beast's solo, ... read more

  • Very impressive

    Dec 20, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great dancing, score, and acting
    Cons: A few problems, singing could have used improvement

    Summary: Unfortunately, my seats to this production were horrid. I *still* loved it though, even though I couldn't see it that well. The main part that sticks out in my mind was the amazing "Be Our Guest" dance number. The choreography was amazing! ... read more

  • On Broadway

    Dec 20, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: great music, funny, touching
    Cons: none

    Summary: Beauty and the Beast was an excellent show. It was my first Broadway show so I didn't know what to expect. I was amazed that the relatively small theater could have such incredible effects, with sight and sound. The show was well done and the music was ... read more

  • Wonderful

    Dec 18, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful voices/great dancing/funny
    Cons: none

    Summary: My 8 year old and I have seen the cartoon dozens of times, yet it's a whole other experience to see it live. We could sing along with them in our heads. There was a new song or two, yet my daughter was singing along with them as if she knew it ... read more

  • A gem of a performance

    Dec 15, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: More than a rehash of the movie, a true gem
    Cons: If you did not like the movie, you may not like this

    Summary: I have had the pleasure of seeing Beauty and the Beast on three different occasions. And every time it leaves me dancing and singing out of the theatre. This is Disney magic at it's best. When I first bought the soundtrack to the movie, I ... read more

  • What a Crock!

    Dec 13, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Bright and Flashy
    Cons: Badly sung and acted, overdone

    Summary: This was THE WORST Musical I have ever seen! Not only was it a far cry from the simple wonder of the movie, but the actors could have stepped out of Krusty's Clown School, not MSM or Julliard. The costume designer was obviously trying to make up for ... read more

  • Wow! Makes ya think...

    Dec 13, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Lively, Upbeat, a whole lot of fun
    Cons: packed, lots of children

    Summary: Well, I went to see this show, with some friends, and as many say, the place was full of kids. I thought that just added to the effect. It was very 'enchanting' and 'magical.' Though if you are not a kid lover, I wouldn't recommend going to see this. ... read more

  • disney magic

    Dec 9, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great set, great props, great special effects
    Cons: a few scary parts for children

    Summary: this was a wonderful broadway production, especially for introducing your children to culture. Most broadway productions are not really for children, and it's nice to be able to expose your children to culture whenever you can...especially in a day and ... read more

  • Great for kids

    Dec 8, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good adaptation, good performances, great family fun
    Cons: Sets could have been more impressive, lots of noise in the audience

    Summary: Apparently, I was a little late in arriving at this conclusion, as the theatre was half-filled with children when I went to watch this show. Not that I mind kids, but I attend Broadway shows with the intention of listening to powerful, melodic voices, ... read more

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  • My first B'way musical...

    Mar 4, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Good show
    Cons: Other better shows out there

    Summary: This was my very first B'way musical, and I loved it! The sets, acting, costumes, music, and dance - all of them were wonderful. I am glad I watched this show before Lion King, otherwise I would have been spoiled and not enjoyed it as much. If you are in ... read more

  • Must See...Great for Families!

    Jun 8, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Friendly stars, roomy seats, nicely done theater, some really well choreographed scenes.
    Cons: Disappointing "Be Our Guest" scene.

    Summary: We recently went to see Beauty & the Beast with our 3- and 7-year-old daughters....we loved it! The theater was small enough that I don't think they could have a bad seat in the house, and the seats were nice and roomy. My husband and I enjoyed the ... read more

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