Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” feature film was a 1991 award-winning phenomenon. I was at the perfect age to fall in love the music and the story.
I sometimes sing the title song to my kids at bedtime, 23 years later. I’d say it’s stuck with me.
Twenty years ago, it premiered on Broadway, won awards, and since then has become an international sensation that has been seen over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries.
At the moment, I’m not one of those 35 million…but not for long.
I’m going to see it when the Broadway touring production opens at the Orpheum Theater this Friday night!
I told the kids about it and here’s what they thought of that exciting news:
It’s funny to think that in all my years reviewing shows for The Daily Nonpareil, I never attended Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” even though the tour had stopped here twice during my tenure.
It’s the same story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. And there’s Gaston, who’s a fun character to hate.
All of those songs I loves in the movie are in the musical, plus a few new ones.
And with a little Disney magic, the musical has the enchanted objects. You know them, Mrs. Potts and the gang.
I heard the “Be Our Guest” number is a showstopper – I can’t wait to see my kids’ reactions to it.
I’m a little nervous about how Mooch will do at the show. This is a full Broadway production – we’re talking longer than two hours. Her big brother managed through “Shrek the Musical” without a meltdown when he was about 2 and it had the same start time (8 p.m.), so I’m crossing my fingers that she does well.
Are you going “Beauty and the Beast” in Omaha? If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet = Do. Not. Wait. Buy them now because seats are going fast.
And beware where you try to buy tickets. The link below goes to Ticket Omaha, the official ticket seller for performances at the Orpheum Theater and the Holland Performing Arts Center. Tickets purchased from other ticket retailers such as secondary ticket agencies or brokers may be more expensive and may not be valid.
If you go
Omaha Performing Arts presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
When: Dec. 19-21; performances are Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:30 and 7:00 p.m
Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.
Disclaimer: I am an employee of Omaha Performing Arts, but opinions written here are my own. I was provided comp tickets to Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” in exchange for writing about and promoting the show.