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BEAUTY AND THE BEASTMusic by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice Book by Linda Woolverton Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Presented by Granbury Theatre Company
Runs through 12/23/2017
Reviewed by Richard P. Buswold,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is the twenty-six-year old movie live on stage. It has the Academy Award-Winning score from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman plus a few added songs by Menken and Broadway legend/guru, Tim Rice. BATB had a thirteen-year Broadway run of 5,461 performances putting in the top ten of all-time longest runs and has since logged another 15,000+ performances with tours and productions worldwide. This local production, directed by Jay Lewis with choreography by Domanick Anton Hubbard is an engaging attempt at a full-blown Broadway Musical. Let me go to the choreography first.
This show has some intense production numbers. Opening with the 'Belle/No Matter What' mashup that covers the first several minutes of the show to 'Gaston' and then the elaborate and iconic 'Be our ...