Mousertainment Memorandum: Apologies for the lateness of this post, but I had to make an unexpected extra trip to the Disneyland Resort today to catch a show that I sat through twice in a row because the cast was so good (Aladdin). And then I went to another show because it was there (World of Color – to be spotlighted… eventually). Such emergency park visits happen when you’re a Mousertainment fan. Now, on with the show… spotlight…
“True, that he’s no Prince Charming – but there’s something in him…”
What is Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage?
Disney has mounted various productions of the popular Beauty and the Beast story over the years including a successful Broadway edition (I saw a touring cast of this show and it was wonderful!). The stage play performed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort is actually the longest-running iteration however, as it premiered the same day as the film on November 22, 1991!
It is probably more comparable in production values to a “Disney on Ice” show (or even a Sid & Marty Krofft show if you’re old enough to remember those!) than the more modern, Broadway-style presentation of the Aladdin show performed at Disney California Adventure. But this is definitely a larger-scale dramatization than the much-missed Royal Theatre version of the “tale as old as time”, that was replaced at Disneyland Park with yet another re-telling of Frozen.
This show provides a nice theatrical experience that the whole family can enjoy, featuring many beloved songs and characters from the Beauty and the Beast animated film. There’s even a fun use of many of the familiar voices from the movie itself!
Who are the performers?
The cast of characters of the show includes, well, the cast of characters from the film!
Belle and her Beast, Gaston, Mrs. Potts and Chip, Lumiere, Cogsworth and more appear here, along with a background lineup of singers and dancers. It’s actually one of the best opportunities to see such a large amount of characters from a Disney film all performing in one place!
When and where can I find it?
The show is performed multiple times daily in the Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is almost half an hour in length.
Check your daily Times Guide for the schedule. FastPass+ is available for this show.
Why spotlight it?
I liked that this was a different type of production than I was used to seeing at the Disneyland Resort. While some shows there might include multiple characters, there were none like the super-sized figures of Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth and Lumiere who would normally seem more like parade characters than show-performing ones.
It did make me feel spoiled that for so long the Disneyland Resort has had the Broadway-quality Aladdin show by comparison, though. And I wouldn’t trade.
But I appreciate the diversity in all the different kinds of productions staged at the various Disney Resorts and think this is still a worthy addition to them. It definitely should be seen at least once if you’re visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios – and I think it’s got some repeat appeal, too. Plus, it’s nice to have this classic story represented, since Disneyland Park lost its Royal Theatre re-telling and there is no guarantee of its return.
Have you seen Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage? How do you think it compares to other Disney Parks stage shows?