Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is playing at The Topfer at ZACH Theatre through September 2, 2018. The show is Directed by ZACH Associate Artistic Director Abe Reybold with Musical Direction by Allen Robertson and Choreography by Sara Burke. Tickets start at $25 and are available at ZACH’s box office (512-476-0541 or at zachtheatre.org).
The looks on my children’s faces when they saw it all come together was absolutely priceless. The experience was multi-sensory, with action all over the theatre and sound and lighting effects that made you feel like you were out in the thunder with the characters. By intermission, the kids could barely contain their excitement and awe, wondering “how did they do that?” By the end of the show, they were asking how they could do it. I think we have a few future theatre kids in our mix, inspired by ZACH!
The actors were all fantastic, whether acting, singing, performing stunts, or dancing. Briana Brooks’ Belle sang as beautifully as her character’s namesake. Ethan Rogers (Beast, understudy) seamlessly switched from roaring animal to songbird during his impressive solos. Some other standout performances were June Julian as Madame de la Grande Bouche (she had us hooting every time she rifted off an aria), the hilarious comedic prowess of Kevin Pellicone (Lefou) and John Christopher (Cogwsorth), and of course, Martin Burke’s performance as Lumiere (who both literally and figurately brought the light throughout the show).
We thoroughly enjoyed the show from beginning to end, but the group numbers were especially memorable in song, choreography, and creativity of set and costume design. In “Be Our Guest,” I was amazed with how the costumes added to the song, and loved the way the napkins moved. I felt like I was in some other enchanted world right along with the heroine.
Beauty and the Beast is recommended for ages six and up, and has a running time of two hours and 40 minutes (including intermission).
Jin Chu says
Hello fellow Austinite! You had me at Beauty and The Beast! So glad that you had a pleasant theatre experience – I'll have to look into it!
Michelle Leslie says
The show looks fabulous. Those costumes, OMW and love the look on your sons' faces. That says it all
Oh gosh what a fun putting! I can’t wait till my littlest are old enough to take to things like this. I will cherish those memories!
Emma Riley says
Wow, that such a beautiful show to watch and it looks like a lot of fun date night with your kids.
Tanvi Rastogi says
Sounds like a great family show. Love all your pictures. Such a cute family you have 🙂
Nancie McKinnon says
Looks like you all had a fantastic time. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite stage productions. I was lucky enough to see it in NYC quite a few years ago.
Natalia A says
Going to the Theatre is such a rewarding experience! especially for the little ones! This musical is amazing! I saw it in London over 20 years ago (gosh I'm old)
Fiona Crystal says
What a beautiful family! And so glad you had great time. I especially love the blue highlights, look so pretty!
Evelyn Hernandez says
Beauty and the beast is an amazing show, we have seen it several times, it never gets old.
Monidipa Dutta says
The show looks absolutely fantastic. I love Beauty and the Beast. I really hope you guys had a great time.
Samantha Schipman says
This looks like a wonderful production! Your photos are really good. How fun!
Fibi Tong says
This show look pretty cool. Beauty and the Beast always one of my fav movie
Lindsey Londonmumma says
How fun is this, my daughter loves beauty and the beast, or should I say Belle and the Beast as that is what she likes to call it.
Chris Alupului says
Oh my daughter would so love to see this, the colors in the pictures are amazing!
Clare L says
Beauty and the Beast is my all time favourite movie so I would absolutely love to see this. It looks like you had a great time.
Lakesha Gadson Holloway says
My favorite part of your images is seeing the costumes. Whoever did the wardrobe did an excellent job. I’m sure the entire production was amazing!
I love live theatrical performances. This show looks and sounds amazing. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite movie and watching all these characters come alive on the stage would be an exhilarating experience for me. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!
This is so awesome I love beauty and the beast! They kids seem to be having a great time and I love the real hair. The production looks wonderful all of the customes are fabulous!