Theater review: Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ charms on Miami stage

December 31, 2014 12:00 PM

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Theater review: Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ charms on Miami stage

Beauty and the Beast’s origins date to French novelist Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s traditional fairy tale Belle et la Bête in 1756. For a “tale as old as time,” the hardy Disney musical adaptation, based on the studio’s animated 1991 Best Picture Oscar nominee, still has the ability to enchant an audience of children.

And, apparently, plenty of parents or kids at heart, too, as the roar during curtain calls for leads Jillian Butterfield (Belle) and Ryan Everett Wood (Beast) on opening night at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts took on a distinct baritone rumble. The upbeat response from adults sug...

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