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Great news (and some strategic timing on Disney’s part!) for Beauty and the Beast fans – a brand new stage show is going to be debuting aboard Disney Dream.
Audiences will fall in love all over again with the enchanting fairytale as they embark on a journey to discover the power of true love and courage. This new production will celebrate the magic of the live-action movie, while weaving in the nostalgia and charm of the classic animated feature. “Beauty and the Beast” will feature a style of theater that intertwines classic storytelling elements with cutting-edge technology to create a unique experience in the 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre. The songs everyone knows will be transformed into show-stopping numbers, and lavish costumes and puppetry will bring guests a fresh perspective on their favorite characters.
Reimagining the Tale
Drawing inspiration from the live-action movie, the stage musical uses the scenic motif of a music box to guide guests through the story. Set designer Jason Sherwood worked with video designer Aaron Rhyne (both who worked on the Frozen musical) to create a transforming set that will take audiences on a magical journey.
Through a combination of high-definition projections, dynamic scenery, and a bit of Disney magic, this new interpretation of “Beauty and the Beast” will create a stunning visual panorama that reaches beyond the stage into the audience.
Song as Old as Rhyme
“Beauty and the Beast” features songs from the original film’s soundtrack, as well as two new songs that were created for the upcoming live-action film.
Enchanting arrangements and orchestrations will bring a unique musical feel to the production. Beloved songs like “Belle,” “Something There,” and “Beauty and the Beast” will receive a musical makeover to reflect the show’s approach, while “Gaston” and “Be Our Guest” will leap to the stage as joyful and exuberant numbers.
The Magic of the Enchanted Objects
The musical production will blur the lines between costuming and puppetry in order to give life to the enchanted objects of “Beauty and the Beast.” Characters like Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Cogsworth are realized in a unique way using elaborate costumes and innovative puppetry to bring them to life in their true scale.
“Beauty and the Beast” will debut during the November 6, 2017 voyage of Disney Dream, joining the other productions aboard the ship: “The Golden Mickeys” and “Disney’s Believe.” The ship operates 3 and 4-night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral. The live-action film “Beauty and the Beast” will premiere in theaters on March 17, and at sea aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships.