By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier. Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever).
As huge Disney fans, to say we were excited for this performance of one of the best Disney shows of all time is the understatement of the century. Though, after seeing countless kids show up in their best Belle dresses, we instantly regretted that we had not invested in some princess dresses of our own.
For fans of the 1991 Disney cartoon (or even the 2017 live action remake), you will not be disappointed. From the time the live orchestra’s overture begins you will be instantly transferred back to your childhood—upon the curtain rising, to the narrator and enchantress beginning this tale as old as time—and you will be completely enveloped in the music, the story and that little town in France.
In case you’re new to this classic tale (in which case, where have you been!?) it tells the story of Belle, a small town girl, with a taste for adventure, and a young prince in a castle who has been put under a spell by an enchantress. The spell has turned him into a beast until he can learn to love and be loved in return. The story teaches you not to judge people on their outward appearance and that it is what’s inside that really matters.
Sydney Maloney as Belle keeps with the strong, smart, female role model we know her to be, always standing up for what is right and caring more about people’s hearts and minds then their outward appearance.
Sydney Maloney shines as Belle with her stunning vocals. Maloney as Belle keeps with the strong, smart, female role model we know her to be, always standing up for what is right and caring more about people’s hearts and minds then their outward appearance. Comedic relief is provided throughout the show by the powerful pair of Cody Zulinski, playing the vain and less-than-bright Gaston, and Joshua Shanbaum, playing his sidekick—the quirky and loveable Lefou.
Scenes move seamlessly as sets slide across the stage and backdrops rise and fall to form the small provincial town, the forest or the beast’s castle. Your favourite inanimate objects help to move the story along with Lumiere’s classic number “Be Our Guest” and Mrs. Potts romantic “Tale as Old as Time”.
With a great ensemble, beautiful sets and the music you have always loved, this performance of Beauty and the Beast is a show for all—Disney fans, parents, and kids alike—and is definitely one not to be missed. Belle costume optional, but welcome, no matter your age.
Beauty and the Beast continues at the Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe until Sunday, February 10th. Shows are Friday to Sunday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30pm. Tickets range between $38.25 to $68. The show runs about 2 hours and 30 minutes with intermission.