Beauty and the Beast on Tour is now in
October 8, 2015
Grand Opera House
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.
Beauty and the Beast’s origins date to French novelist Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s traditional fairy tale Belle et la Bête in 1756. For a “tale as old as time,” the hardy Disney musical adaptation, based on the studio’s animated 1991 Best Picture Oscar nominee, still has the ability to enchant an audience of children.
Beauty and the Beast is a French folk story about a young beautiful girl and a beast that keeps her imprisoned in the enchanted castle. To explain, the story was written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, who published in England ‘Beauty and the Beast and Other Classic French Fairy Tales’ in 1746.
Cameron Bond appreciates the boos he receives near the end of each performance of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast". "If I don't feel the audience turn on me near the end, I haven't done my job right," Bond said in a telephone interview. Bond portrays the lovable jock turned arrogant antagonist Gaston in the stage adaptation of Disney's 1991 animated classic movie.
Eighty wigs, 580 costume pieces, two costume supervisors and one wig supervisor. Those are the numbers behind a touring production of the musical "Beauty and the Beast," based on the Academy Award-winning 1991 animated film about a woman who falls for a prince transformed into a beast.