In 1991, Walt Disney Pictures released a film that changed many of our childhoods. For many students at ASU, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” has been around for most of their lives, and the story continues to bring joy to new generations with new DVD releases and the musical that has been running since 1994.
The essential ingredients of a Disney animated feature - mythic story, dazzling visuals and plenty of slapstick silliness (usually involving singing and dancing animals) - all translate naturally to the musical-theater genre. So it was really no surprise that Disney's first foray onto Broadway, "Beauty and the Beast," was the start of something huge.
Playing the villainous Gaston in the national tour of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" is the biggest break yet for Arizona actor Nathaniel Hackmann, but his homecoming on the stage of ASU Gammage isn't exactly a childhood dream come true.