Beauty and the Beast | Durham Performing Arts Center | Stage | Indy Week


Beauty and the Beast

When: June 8-13 2010

This musical started a revolution, though not necessarily in a good way. Beauty and the Beast is based on a classic fairy tale that was adapted into a classic Jean Cocteau film, which in turn influenced a classic Disney animated musical. It then got readapted into a stage musical based on the film influenced by the film based on the fairy tale. More than a decade later, there've been Disney stage musicals of varying quality, and the idea of the film-as-musical has become bog standard for Broadway. It was always there, sure, but now there's barely a waiting period before a film becomes a musical. Perhaps these sins of creativity should not be laid at the feet of Belle and her Beast; this tale at least offers some modicum of quality family entertainment, but be aware of what it kicked off. The show runs through June 13. —Zack Smith

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