It’s been about two weeks since I caught the delightful opening night performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” in a Paper Mill Playhouse production, in Millburn, NJ. And in case you were wondering, yes, all the songs are still stuck in my head! How could they not be? Between music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, it was perfection! And it’s a testament to just how masterly the show was, including choreography by Alex Sanchez, direction by Mark S. Hoebee, and musical direction by Michael Borth. The whole cast and crew made for an unforgettable night, including principals Belinda Allyn as Belle, Joel Blum as Maurice, Jenelle Chu as Babette, Kevin Curtis as Lefou, Donna English as Madame de la Grande Bouche, Stacia Fernandez as Mrs. Potts, Gavin Lee as Lumiere, Kevin Ligon as Cogsworth, Stephen Mark Lukas as Gaston, Tally Sessions as The Beast, with Gianni David Faruolo and Antonio Watson alternating in the role of Chip.
If you missed my review, go here!
And if you missed my photo recap, go here!
After the show, I had the pleasure of chatting with some of the cast and creative minds who brought the whole thing to life at a post-performance party. This one was extra special because Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is the last production of the Tony Award-winning regional theater’s current 80th anniversary season. The show runs through July 3, 2019, so get your tickets quick!
The production video used in the B-Roll is credited to Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. And thanks to Brian Smith for the video and editing! Enjoy!