Tonight was the first night of the Montreal run of the new touring production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a Broadway musical inspired by the Oscar-winning 1991 animated film.
Written by the film’s screenwriter, Linda Woolverton, and featuring the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman songs we all know and love (along with a few additional numbers composed by Menken with lyrics by Tim Rice), the show is very faithful to the movie and often feels like a cartoon brought to life.
I dug the revolving pop-up sets, the colourful costumes and the atmospheric lighting design, and the performances are enjoyable, if a bit campy at times. And then of course there’s the song and dance numbers, including such show-stoppers as Belle (Bonjour), Gaston, Be Our Guest, Human Again and Beauty and the Beast.
You can catch Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Place des Arts every night (plus in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday) until April 29.