Based on the Academy Award-winning Disney film and dating back to the 18th century classic French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels of out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster, who was long ago trapped in his gruesome form by and enchantress. The only way for the Beast to become human once again is if he learns to love and be loved in return. If the Beast doesn’t learn to love, he and his entire household will be doomed for all eternity.
The original Broadway production was nominated for nine Tony Awards and ran for over thirteen years. Much in the same spirit as last season’s highly acclaimed Wizard of Oz, we will tackle this iconic blockbuster musical with creativity and simplicity, and a view that what is most essential is the story at its heart.