This picture is of the stage before it started. It's a giant rose. I know it's a lousy photo- my cellphone- but you can see how close I am to the stage.
It was one of the best live performances I've ever seen! All the characters sounded perfect and could they sing! Belle and the Beast were fabulous but, I confess, I love Gaston! I think he stole the show. Every time he was on stage, my eyes were drawn to him. He seemed to tower over the other actors too. He had all the raised eyebrows and smirks going too. And where I sat, I could see everything so well!
It's funny, after I bought my ticket, I set out the binoculars so that I wouldn't forget them. And then tonight, as I prepared to leave, I thought, 'I'm in the sixth row, if I can't see them normally, I am hopeless! I really don't need to see the freckles under their make-up, do I?' I left the 'binocs' home.
I really like the shuttle buses they offer nowadays for big events. I drove to the parking lot, parked my car in the first row near where the buses were loading and walked over to the bus. We waited until the bus was full, a couple of minutes at most, and then drove over to the University campus where the performing arts center is located. After the performance, I walked out with the crowds, got on the shuttle right away, got whisked over to the parking lot, walked over to my car, and drove home. Nice and uneventful.
The only bad part about going to an event alone is that there is no one to discuss it with afterwards. So, I'll have to tell you. Chip was great! You could see a real little boy's head at the top of the serving cart, but like a magician's box, the cart looked empty, so the little boy looked bodyless. Lumiere's hands lit up with flames that moved around. There were wolves too. And at the end of the show, the Beast's body raises up just like in the movie and transforms in mid air into the Prince. Don't ask me how they did it; I don't know! There was only one down side for me. In the movie, I LOVE Phillippe, the horse. In the play, there is no Phillippe. They use the father's invention, a motorized wood cutter, to go through the woods. And Mrs. Potts is much younger than Angela Lansbury, but that makes sense, because she has a young son.
There were a lot of children in the audience tonight. A lot of the little girls were wearing yellow Belle dresses. They looked so pretty and so happy! There were vendors selling dolls and things during intermission. What a magical night! It brought back memories of when I went to my first play with my family as a little girl. I saw Brigadoon. I don't remember the story, but I remember how special the event was for me.
Watch this video for a little taste of the "tale as old as time" and share with me the magic of Beauty and the Beast.
Has anyone else seen it?
You can't say no to the Beauty and the Beast - Song: Beauty and the Beast, artist: David Bowie, album: Heroes