Many people may overlook the entertainment value of one of the staples of Disney’s Hollywood Studios that is the Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage attraction.
True, the show is mainly a sped up rehash of the popular 1991 Disney movie Beauty and the Beast, but that is a main part of its charm. From its familiar storyline to the lovable characters and of course, the top-notch musical numbers, this is a must see for all including everyone from toddlers to those who are older, but still young at heart.
The show is currently located in the 1,500 seat Theater of the Stars which is down Sunset Boulevard near the Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. This theater offers covered protection from the elements if it is raining outside and also offers some air movement and shade on those hotter days.
This attraction can trace its roots back to November 22, 1991, the same day the movie upon which it is based opened in theaters and only two years after Hollywood Studios itself opened. It ran in the original Theater of the Stars until 1993 when the theater was moved to make room for the Sunset Boulevard expansion. For that year of construction on the new Theater of the Stars Theater, the show was offered in the Backlot Theater on New York Street.
Anyone familiar with the movie will know the plot of the show. It starts with a short story about how a selfish prince was turned into the hideous beast for his actions. The storyline then changes to Belle, a beautiful young lady from the nearby village who eventually ends up in the Beast’s Castle where she immediately wins over the servants who reside there, and who have themselves been turned into animated objects like candle sticks, clocks, tea sets, etc.
She also eventually wins over the Beast himself who must find true-love before his 21st birthday or remain a beast forever – of course, that true love is Belle.
This musical is sure to entertain all, even if you have seen it many times before. Make sure you plan to attend one of the several showings offered daily.
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