I was in the midst of interviewing a Singaporean and a Foreigner for a tribute story to our late founding father when my mom called to ask if I want to watch Beauty and the Beast with her at 8pm. And of course… I took up the offer! Who wouldn’t! Beauty and the Beast, the original Broadway musical spectacular seen by more than 35 million people is here in Singapore for the first time! The musical is based on the 1991 Academy-Award winning animated feature film where it premiered on Broadway in 1994 and ran for 13 years. After 20 years, the show’s original Broadway creative team reunites to re-imagine the international tour of musical sensation and bring this Broadway classic to life.
I must confess, I can’t remember for the life of me when did I caught Beauty and the Beast or whether did I watch the animated film at all. But the musical was oh-so-magical nevertheless even for someone like me who probably never caught the animated film!
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Everything about the musical was so right. While it is expected of Belle to be pretty and able to sing well, there were many other aspects of the musical that makes it a must-watch with your family and friends. The side characters. The spotlight may be on Beauty and her Beast, the side characters like Lumiere (candle stand), Cogsworth (clock), Mrs Potts (teapot), Madame de la Grande Bouche (wardrobe) more than ace their roles and parts. Lumiere was the most charming one of the bunch (spoiler alert)! Their humorous antics, heartwarming act and pitch perfect singing adds much volume to this larger-than-life musical.
Secondly, the costumes were top-notch. The costumes from Belle and Beast to the minor roles were carefully designed to entreat our eyes. And did you know that the yellow gorgeous, grandeur dress Belle wore weighs 10kg? Imagine her twirling in that 10kg dress for our amusement. But it paid off and was simply so magical for all of us in the audience to watch. One of the things that has left me bewildered and intrigued was how Beast changed to a man (and vice versa) within SECONDS!
Thirdly, the orchestra. Every score played out perfectly. Every BATB fan would agree hands down. Try not to sing along to the hit song ‘Beauty and the Beast’, I dare you. After the musical, remember to go to the stage front and look down to see the orchestra band in action.
Here’s me in a sweat-drenched-and-dried tee and mom. I was probably the worst dressed ‘VIP’ but hey! I came from the Padang queue okay!
The musical runs till 3 May 2015. Experience the magic live before it disappears!
Tue – Fri: 8pm
Sat: 2pm & 8pm
Sun: 1pm & 6pm
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C Reserve : S$115
D Reserve : S$85
E Reserve : S$65
VIP Box (For 4 Seats) : S$760
Box Seats (For 4 Seats) : S$460
F Reserve : S$170
G Reserve : S$145