This rowdy and rustic re-telling of the familiar French fable features a feisty heroine, a preposterous pair of loudmouthed, spoiled sisters and an enchanted prince with some monstrously bad pick-up lines. More…
An ensemble of six actor-musicians weaves narration, clever dialogue, and a Jazz Age score into a show about love, family and the notion that beauty—and beastliness—are only skin-deep. Best for ages 6 and up.
"The show's dialogue is well-written, hysterical at times and touching at others...Martin Bonger as the beast was superb and the two sisters stole the show with their chemistry and stage presence. Sara Lessore as Isabella was a perfect modern version of 'Beauty.' I loved that all performers were able to play a variety of instruments, as well as sing and act...I wish more kids' shows would have this type of music!" Full Review
for a previous production "Alex Byrne’s production, staged transversely, offers up just enough detail to ignite the audience’s imagination...As the performers (Martin Bonger, Carly Davis, TJ Holmes, Sara Lessore and Amalia Vitale) skilfully interleave narration, Gallic-infused song and witty audience interaction, they strike a delicate tonal balance between the traditional and the everyday, the fearsome and the fun. It’s a healthy, happy mix, which keeps kids engaged and adults entertained." Full Review
See it if You enjoy quirky, witty, company devised theatre. I particularly liked that it didn’t talk down to children. This show is for everybody!
Don't see it if If you believe children should be not seen and not heard in the theatre.
See it if You want to bring your child to a musical with great live music that faithful to the original story.
Don't see it if You dislike 20's/30's jazz. Are thinking you are about to see Disney's Beauty and the Beast. (I'm suuuuure it's happened.)
See it if Original take on the original (not Disney) folk tale. Loved the beast, evil sisters, original songs, jokes, interaction w kids in audience.
Don't see it if Everything has to be spelled out clearly for the kids, so don't expect subtlety. Noisy audience. Minimal staging.
See it if You want to see a beautiful historic theater. Support the usher program at Old Victory Theater. Support the international theater group.
Don't see it if You expect a broadway show.
See it if This is a child’s friendly, delightful Disney story. The scenery and the costumes were phenomenal.
Don't see it if The show with a lot of kids in the audience or not able to sit in a long period of time
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