BWW Blog: HOW MUCH DO I LOVE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST? Let Me Count The Ways!
This week, in celebration of the release of Disney's brand-new live-action movie Beauty and the Beast, I'm going to be posting reviews of beloved novels retelling this story both here at Broadway World as well as on my personal book review blog A Backwards Story. Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl is also posting throughout the week. We'll both be posting every day on our personal blogs, and I'll have a few posts here at BWW as well so that we can all join in on fun!
Today, I thought I'd talk a little bit about why Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favorite fairy tales. It could be because Belle was one of my first Disney Princesses, her movie one of my first Disney movies. It could be that I was obsessed with BEAUTY by Robin McKinley growing up? Who knows?
Very possibly, it was because of Belle herself. She had brown hair like me. She was a reader like me. She owned a HORSE. (And I blame My Little Pony, but I was OBSESSED with horses as a child.) Before I knew what "theatre" or "acting" was, I had a tape I'd recorded of the Disney movie. I took my Lisa Frank tri-colored pen set and used one color for Belle's "speaking" lines," one for her "singing" lines, and one for the line of the person before her line. I had a chest of stuff in my room such as a Wizard of Oz Dorothy costume (my Peasant Belle dress), a stuffed My Little Pony tied to a long stick (My version of Phillipe...), a fake rose, a mirror, etc. I'd hide in the corner of my room near the cubbies (not knowing what stage wings or curtains were yet) and wait for when I was supposed to be "in the movie" (aka onstage). I had a few movies I would play and act out like this, but Belle was always my favorite.
The first time I ever paid to see a non-school production of a musical, I was in college and there was a touring production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. It would be another year and a half before I fell in love with musical theatre. At the time, it was enough to see this show.
I went to school in Tampa near Orlando, and my favorite of all the Disney Parks to go to was MGM/Hollywood Studios, in part because they had a 30 minute production of Beauty and the Beast.