Today is a sad day in the world of Disney and theatre. Tonight will be the last time a Beast is cursed. Tonight will be the last time a beauty falls for a beast. Tonight will be the last time the petal falls. Tonight will be the last time an enchantment is lifted.
But it will not be the last we hear of Beauty, I'm positive of that.
This show has done wonders for Disney Theatricals -- it was the show to start them all.. Thirteen beautiful years have passed, and Disney (AND NYC both) owes them a great deal for what it has done for them. It was the first venture Disney took in broadway, and I think it was rather successful, don't you? 17 Belles and many follow-up productions in other countries, as well as a spin-off into amatuer theatre.
It's depressing that such a popular, top-selling show is going. It's to be replaced by The Little Mermaid, which is currently in previews in Denver. But WHY replace Beauty for it? Why not put it in one of the OTHER several theatres being emptied this year? So many shows are closing, even those nominated for Tonys this year! Broadway is not doing well, is it? Doesn't help to close the sixth longest show on it.
Ah well, I, along with many other fans and cast/crew members alike believe that the show will be revived one day. And I'll just offer to be the first revival Belle for them. ;) Aren't I kind?
Farewell, Beauty. You've taught me to sing. I only wish I could have seen you!
(Susan Egan; the original Belle -- Anneliese Van der Pol; the final Belle)
And now I'm off to listen to the recording a second time, and watch videos on broadway.com and youtube. Sigh.[Current Mood:
Sad] [Current Music:
"Belle" - BATBoB]