Review Roundup: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST At Theatre Under The Stars

Review Roundup: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST At Theatre Under The StarsTwenty-five years ago, Theatre Under The Stars helped usher in a new musical era with Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The show became an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Now, just in time for the holiday season, TUTS brings this magical story to life once again for Houston audiences. Beauty and the Beast is on stage at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts now through December 23. Find out more information at

Let's see what the critics have to say!

Holly Beretto, Houstonia Mag: TUTS' production is simply gorgeous from start to finish, even if it's not entirely flawless. Kelly Tighe's sets-especially those of the town center and the beer hall where the citizens sing of Gaston's glory-are brightly dazzling. The Beast's castle is, by contrast, dark and foreboding, but the effect is achieved less with set pieces than with tables or oversized chairs sliding across the stage, leaving something wanting. Even the staircase to the West Wing, where the enchanted rose sits under glass, feels as though it should be grander. No real matter, though, because the true strength of this show is in its music.

Bandon Pena, The Signal: Without question, Belle's ball gown causes the most audible reaction from the audience as Borich gracefully walks on stage. The gown is one of most memorable from the TUTS production along with Babette's shimmering gown and Gaston's outfit that calls attention to Hines' biceps.

Audrey Morabito, BroadwayWorld: Speaking of feats of strength, Michael Burrell carries out an immense responsibility as the Beast, stealing the show with Act One's finale number "If I Can't Love Her?". Not only does Burrell have to physically transform from the Beast's heavy makeup and costuming into the Prince at the end of the show, but he presents the Beast's perceptible change of heart throughout the show with authenticity and skill.

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