Beauty and the Beast : 4 of 5
My third Broadway show was unexpected, since we were able to get half-price tickets the day of the performance. I'm a big fan of the wonderful music in Beauty and the Beast, so I was excited we got to see the show! The sets and special effects were truly amazing in this production, including the fantastic castle with multiple rooms and terrific illusions, such as the Enchantress' fireball and the Beast's transformation back to the Prince (he actually rose into the air and spun around vertically before becoming human in a flash of light and smoke!). The big numbers like Be Our Guest were great, of course, and quite a bit extended from the animated movie songs. The new material was great as well, wonderfully performed by the actors. Our seats were OK, but unfortunately plagued by the rudest kids in New York, but we managed to have a great evening anyway.