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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Beauty and the Beast -- possible spoilers

Tale as old as time
True as it can be
Barely even friends
Then somebody bends
Unexpectedly...



Jen was born in 1990, Becca in 1992.  That was right in the middle of the Disney renaissance, an age of fairy tales with music by genuine Broadway composers and lyricists,   Films like The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Aladdin...



And, of course, Beauty and the Beast.  Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, it was the first animated movie to be nominated for a "best picture" Oscar.  


My kids practically wore out the VHS tape.  


Well, I did raise Disney princesses, after all.


Later, Beauty and the Beast became the first Disney movie to be adapted for the Broadway stage. Since Ashman had died of AIDS, Menken partnered with Tim Rice to write additional songs for Broadway.


It was the first Broadway show my daughters saw.  Becca was 4 years old at the time, and the scene with the wolves was so intense that Becca dove under her chair...


So of course we had to see the new live action movie, with Emma Watson as Belle.  It's a beautiful retelling.  A few new characters, a few changes to the twists and turns of the plot.  All the Menken-Ashman songs are included, and Menken and Rice wrote three songs just for the new movie.


the original is still the best, of course.  but I did enjoy this new version.  


Here's a snippet:





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