In June 2013, Sam Hartley and a friend found themselves sitting in a coffee shop in Lincoln, Neb., contemplating a potentially life-changing decision: Should they pack their bags and move to New York to pursue acting careers on Broadway, or should they stay put and opt for a safer route?
Cameron Bond is uproarious as Gaston, the boneheaded lout who fancies Belle and he shines in his big number about, well, himself. Lefou (Jake Bridges) is his much abused, punching-bag sidekick and an agile physical comic. Above all reigns Lumiere (Patrick Pevehouse), who sings in a French accent as thick as bouillabaisse and makes a most debonaire candelabra, particularly when he invites us to "Be Our Guest." The show is a hugely appealing mix of the best of the movie and the best of Broadway. It's superlative family entertainment.