Latest Belle Stories

2008-08-05 15:00:32

By WHITE, Tina REVIEW Beauty and the Beast. Regent on Broadway. August 1-16. Reviewed by Tina White. -------------------- Fairytale musical, fairytale theatre - Beauty and the Beast and the Regent on Broadway were well-matched at Friday night's opening. It's certainly a lavish show, with its Disney-inspired, Weta workshop-made costumes, special effects, 56 actors, 40-strong backstage crew and romantic orchestral music. The story has been around for centuries, but got a new airing when...

2008-08-01 15:00:34

By Liam Rudden Arts and IN the glare of the studio lights, the dream for 19-year-old Niamh Perry was a role on the West End. One of 12 finalists to make it to the televised heats of I'd Do Anything, the Belfast-born hopeful sang her way through to week eight before being voted off the prime-time BBC ratings winner. Her ambition to play Nancy in Oliver! dashed forever. Perry's West End dream may yet rekindled however, thanks to a new wartime musical receiving its world premier on this...

2008-07-22 09:00:47

By Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jul. 22--TRI-VALLEY Repertory Theatre will be making a lot of families happy with its charming production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," which opened during the weekend in Livermore's new Bankhead Theater. After seeing the show several times, it is clear to me that the Disney people responsible for "Beauty" not only spent much of their youth in the thrall of classic Broadway musicals, but paid close attention as well. This...

2008-07-02 09:00:38

By By Sarah Rothwell, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 2--TEMPLE TERRACE -- TEMPLE TERRACE -- When 17-year-old Karen Thorla landed the role of Belle in Masque Community Theatre's production of "Beauty and the Beast," she jumped for joy. "It's my dream role," she said. "I grew up watching the movie, and it was the first Broadway show I ever saw. I've known all the songs since I was a kid." "Beauty and the Beast" opens Aug. 1 at Masque, 8825 N. 56th St. The musical's 52-member cast is made up of...

2008-07-02 00:00:18

By Carla DeStefano Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is best summed up in one word -- big. From the costumes, to the sets, to the music, the show is a tall order to fill. But director Chan Harris is up for the challenge as his cast takes the stage beginning tonight at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown. Harris, of New York, says it has been a fun process of putting the lavish musical on the Playhouse stage. The big locations in the musical, which include several buildings and a town,...

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