Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Atlanta's Fox Theatre

Darick Pead and Hilary Maiberger in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Joan Marcus

Be Our Guest – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The Fabulous Fox Theatre is playing host to one of Broadway’s most successful musicals: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast—and invites you to once again be their guest for the show. Though the hit musical is no stranger to Atlanta, audiences continue to fall under its spell.

The eighth longest running Broadway musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast takes the animated film’s Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman and builds upon it, with additional music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. Linda Woolverton provides the stellar book, which revolves around the classic fairy tale about a spoiled prince cursed to live as a beast in an enchanted castle, and a young woman who longs for a life outside her provincial town. Can the beast learn to love and be loved in return, breaking the spell, or will time run out, trapping himself and everyone else forever?

With gorgeous costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, dynamic directing by Rob Roth, and a host of talented crew, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast turns around another successful touring production. The cast, headed up by Hilary Maiberger as Belle and Darick Pead as the Beast—give one of the most energetic performances I’ve seen, full of heart and soul…and plenty of laughter to go around. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this modern classic and will leave the theater humming tunes along the way home.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast—part of the 2012-2013 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta season and presented by NETworks Presentations—is running now through December 2, 2012. Performances are at 8 p.m. on weeknights and Saturday evening, Saturday matinee is at 2 p.m., and Sunday’s performances are at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.broadwayinatlanta.com, www.FoxAtlTix.com, authorized ticket sellers at the box office, or by calling 1-855-ATL-TIXX. The show’s runtime is two and a half hours with an intermission.

– Christi Whitney