The terrific score includes film favorites “Belle,” “Gaston,” “Be Our Guest,” and the splendid title tune as well as new tunes such as “Home,” “If I Can’t Love Her,” “A Change in Me,” and “Human Again.” Beiser says the new tunes particularly drive and enhance the plot.
“‘I love ‘Human Again,’ which expresses the enchanted objects’ desire to go back to their former selves and the way it was. ‘A Change in Me’ is also wonderful, as Belle details just how much her journey has taught her.”
The principal cast includes Stephanie Windland as Belle, Ben-David Carlson as Beast, Codie Brooks and Jonathon Schmidt as Chip, Colin Cranstoun as Lefou, Veronica Decker as Mrs. Potts, Harper Justus as Enchantress, Alan Kootsher as Maurice, Josiah Miller as Lumiere, Micah Sauvageau as Cogsworth, Drew Stairs as Gaston, Samantha Streich as Madame De La Grande Bouche, and Kaylee Verble as Babette.
Beiser is aware of the production’s timing, which arrives mere months after the release of Disney’s blockbuster live-action film remake starring Emma Watson. Nevertheless, he’s confident audiences young and old will be enticed to see La Comedia’s version no matter how many times they saw the film on the big screen.
“There’s nothing like the magic of live theater,” he said. “The cast is practically placing the show in the audience’s lap considering our space. With this production, we’re bringing fantasy to the forefront.”
Want to go?
WHAT: "Disney's Beauty and the Beast"
WHERE: La Comedia Dinner Theatre, Rt. 73, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro
WHEN: Through August 20; Evening performances (arrival time 5:30-6:00 p.m.) and matinees (arrival time 10:30-11:00 a.m.)
COST: Adult tickets are $61-$75; Kids 11 and under are $30. Prices based on section/tiered seating.
TICKETS/MORE INFO: Call (937) 746-4554 or 1-800-677-9505 or visit www.lacomedia.com