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Bamigboye: BEAUTY & THE BEAST UK tour taps Lansbury, Lee, and leads

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https://twitter.com/bazbam/status/1387888276703490049?s=21

Bamigboye: BEAUTY & THE BEAST UK tour taps Lansbury, Lee, and leads

Ever just as sure ... happy to report @CourtneyJStapes and @EmmanuelKojo_ will play title roles in @BeautyMusical U.K. tour which now starts @BristolHipp on August 25 . Disney also cast #GavinLee as Lumiere with lots more tap in #BeOurGuest number.

Ever a surprise... #AngelaLansbury will record a prologue which will be played at every performance on the @BeautyMusical U.K. tour kicking off @BristolHipp August 25 starring @CourtneyJStapes & @EmmanuelKojo_ in title roles & #GavinLee as Lumiere.

Updated On: 4/29/21 at 05:59 PM
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Beautiful pairing!

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For a split second I excitedly clicked this article thinking that Lansbury was actually going to be in the tour (Physically). Lol. I mean, I know she's 95, but for a moment I thought it and got exceptionally excited.
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Gavin Lee is reprising his Lumiere from the 2019 Paper Mill production. I’m sure he’ll stop the show time and again once more.
(heads down to the orchestra pit during the Exit Music)
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This sounds like they are putting a lot of thought and effort into this tour - is it possible that the plan is to have this production end up playing the West End or even be a Broadway revival?

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Hoping for the best but I REALLY wish they went back to Square A with a real director and new creative team, instead of having the original creators come back to it. (Rob Roth is gone from it now as we know, but he still laid all the groundwork. the choreographer has picked up where he left off)

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ErmengardeStopSniveling said: "Hoping for the best but I REALLY wish they went back to Square A with a real director and new creative team, instead of having the original creators come back to it. (Rob Roth is gone from it now as we know, but he still laid all the groundwork. the choreographer has picked up where he left off)"

Same. I believe the recent non-equity tour used the same creative team as the original production as well, and that production was absolutely atrocious in every way.

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I guess I'll have to wait and see, but the addition of tap is unnecessary to me. The Fulton did this I believe, and I just have questions. And as much I love Dame Angie I just don't think that have the same emotional impact as a mysterious deep voice. I can listen to Stiers on both the film and OBC for eons without getting bored. 

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bwayphreak234 said: "I believe the recent non-equity tour used the same creative team as the original production as well, and that production was absolutely atrocious in every way."

To be fair they were likely working with a fraction of the budget that was afforded to them on the original Broadway production. This tour will likely be scaled down but hopefully not as much as the NetWorks non equity tour.

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It needs a ground-up reinvention. Let a Tina Landau or Michael Arden or Lear DeBessonet type take a stab at it in a LORT theatre with Disney's blessing and maybe it can move. Of course she can wear a yellow dress but rethink the enchanted object designs (including the Beast) as though the original stage production never existed. It does not need to be theme park-adjacent; let it be its own thing like Lion King and Hunchback.

As for the non-equity tours in the past decade, the physical production was the least of its problems. Every performance was a caricature, and otherwise-talented actors were directed to be hammy in the most obnoxious way. It was insulting to the theatrical artform and to the actors involved, and that all falls on the Disney brass and this creative team.

Updated On: 5/1/21 at 12:02 PM
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FANtomFollies said: "This sounds like they are putting a lot of thought andeffort into this tour - is it possible that the plan is to have this productionend up playing the West End or even be a Broadway revival?"

The tour is ending next summer with the show at the Palladium for a while so I guess that's technically West End, isn't it? I'm sure if the desire is there at that point, they could find a home for it somewhere else.

 

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Disney did take a stab at a new ground-up reinvention on their cruise line.  It was based on the new film version, and included those creepy realistic candle/clock/teapot puppets.

Further proving what the original stage version got right.

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ErmengardeStopSniveling said: "It needs a ground-up reinvention. Let a Tina Landau or Michael Arden or Lear DeBessonettype take a stab atit in a LORT theatre with Disney's blessing and maybe it can move. Of course she can wear a yellow dress but rethink the enchanted object designs (including the Beast) as though the original stage production never existed. It does not need to be theme park-adjacent; let it be its own thing like Lion King and Hunchback.

As for the non-equity tours in the past decade, the physical production was the least of its problems. Every performance was a caricature, and otherwise-talented actors were directed to be hammy in the most obnoxious way. It was insulting to the theatrical artform and to the actors involved, and that all falls on the Disney brass and this creative team.
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It would be nice to see the Beast played for real instead of hammed up for laughs. I absolutely understand the team’s concern that a live and tangible beast character is going to be a lot more frightening than the cartoon and some of the wild harrowing roars in the movie might need to be rethought, however they went so far in the other direction (especially with take over and touring casts) and made the beast...for want of a better expression...a cartoon. Playing him as a spoilt child in the more ferocious moments is not an unintelligent idea and could be an interesting angle but it would be so much nicer if it was played for real and...again for want of a better word...human. The jumping up and down with ‘I want you to come down to dinner’ they started doing was nauseating.

I hope they don’t add in too many of the clumsy alterations they made for the live action movie. They took a perfect example of a musical opening and made wrongheaded changes and for that alone they should have been pushed off the castle roof like Gaston.