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Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World host a number of stage shows based on Disney classics, but Beauty and the Beast has enjoyed the longest run of any of them.

The Broadway musical style show first debuted on the same day the film was released in 1991 and has enjoyed incredible success for over 20 years.

To reach the 1,500-seat Theater of the Stars where the show is held, head to Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Be enchanted by Belle, the Beast, a whole host of familiar characters and songs.

The show begins by setting the basic premise of the story.

The Prince is Cursed

Led by narration, a prince turns down an old beggar woman’s request for shelter in his castle in exchange for a rose.

In response, the woman curses him and all of the castle’s residents.

On stage, the prince is suddenly transformed into a beast and learns that the only way to break the curse is to learn how to love.

Once the plot is set, the story begins with Belle dressed in her classic blue dress walking through the streets of her village.

She encounters a handsome man by the name of Gaston who asks her to marry him, but she turns him down.

Moving the story along, Belle is suddenly thrust into the Beast’s castle where you’ll first encounter Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts and her son Chip.

Welcoming their new guest, the scene features a choreographed dance routine set to ‘Be our Guest’ filled live spoons, forks and other tableware.

The extended scene is followed up by Beast finding Belle in his west wing, where he’s stored the beggar woman’s rose.

The Beast is furious with Belle for finding the rose but as the two begin singing ‘Something There’ they resolve their differences.

Gaston Storms Castle

Just as it looks like the two are getting along, your attention is turned back to Belle’s village where Gaston has rallied people to storm the Beast’s castle after convincing them he is a monster.

Attacking the castle, Gaston and his army or angry villagers instigate a battle with the Beast.

After much fighting, he stabs Beasts and leaves him to die.

Near death, Belle is heartbroken and admits that she’s fallen in love with him.

With that, the Beast’s curse is broken and the beggar woman reverses her spell.

The Beast is transformed back into a prince and the final scene shows him and Belle at his castle in full ball attire.

As the show ends, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is played at the prince hands off a rose to someone in the audience.

In all, the performance lasts 25 minutes and includes 5 songs from the original film.

In addition to colorful costumes and beautiful backdrops, Beauty and the Beast features wonderful dance choreography and some acrobatics as well.

Both Belle and the Beast sing some of their songs live in a performance that pays respect and homage to the original film.

The musical is charming, entertaining and suitable for your whole family.

By Marie Ospina
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