A TALE AS OLD AS TIME
As a child, I dreamt of being a princess, singing and dancing my way through our little apartment I imagined as a castle. The mystery of the forbidden west wing and the enchanting creatures of the castle made my eyes pop wide open then, and continues to do so now. A tale as old as time, Disney's
the Broadway musical, beautifully captured the essence of the story which was never to judge a book by its cover; inner beauty is more precious than outward appearances. It could be taxing for many to sit through a musical with all the sing-song, but for anyone who believes in the magic of love and music, it was indeed a celebration.
The amphitheatre at the Qatar National Convention Centre was filled with awe, merriment and joy with every song. One couldn't stop swaying to the beat, and the instant connection the characters made with the audience was just right. The show had me engrossed, involved and I only realized a little later into the show that I was singing along.
Based on the 1991 Academy-Award winning animated feature film, Disney's
After visiting Turkey, Romania and 15 other countries, the stars of the Broadway musical extravaganza, Beauty and the Beast, performed in Doha to steal our hearts and dazzle us with the timeless fairy tale.
premiered on Broadway in 1994, where it was nominated for nine prestigious Tony Awards and ran for 13 years. It still ranks as one of the longest-running and highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time. Since licensing of the title began in 2004, there have been productions in 22 countries, seen by more than 35 million people, translated into eight different languages with over 28 thousand performances – equivalent to a run of 67 years, generating over $1.7 billion in revenue.
The musical, written by Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (lyrics), incorporated more than 40 actors on stage with more than 1,000 costume pieces, a lavish stage set and an enormous technical effort. Every moment on stage is a connection made with that princess within each one of us and way back to the tale that prides itself on the give-and-take factor of love.
The stars of the show, Briana Rapa (Beauty) and Mark Beyer (Beast), say they've been on tour since June. “Although it becomes difficult for us to stay away from home this long, we've made this group our family now and are elated to be here.”