It was beautiful.
The mood reminded me of Into the Woods (the movie version), but the whole production was so very theatrical that Abby and I both wanted to applaud at the end of every musical number.
Gaston is a much better villain in this; he's just as over-the-top as in the animated version, but far more sinister and believable. And both Gaston and Kill the Beast were terrifically well done.
LaFou was great, Again, over-the-top without being an actual caricature.
Kevin Kline, even as "crazy old Maurice" was priceless. As always.
Emma Watson can sing. Who knew? It might be auto-tuned and all, but still.
The animation for Chip reminded me a bit of BB-8.
Ha! Funny story: Lizzy heard the line from the title song "...barely even friends, then somebody bends, unexpectedly..." and given all the Legend of Korra we've been watching, she made a connection to the word "bends" that was probably not what Menken and Ashman had in mind.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, as well as the rest of the day.
We just did lunch and the movie and some errands, but it was so much better a day than I have had in the past couple weeks.
I think my boss was right; I need some time off (not necessarily from work, although the shorter work days coming up will probably help me), even if it's just a day here and there. Some time when I'm not sick, or taking care of someone else for the entire day, or whatever. None of what we did today had to be done today.
And I think that made all the difference.
Of course Beauty and the Beast (and the Phantom of the Opera, for that matter) always remind me of my favorite of the Greek myths - Hades and Persephone. Oh, you can talk about Stockholm Syndrome and sexism and potential for abuse, but that's not all there is to these types of stories. I knew that even at twelve, 36 years ago, in Mr. Hansen's (he of the pretty blue eyes) seventh grade social studies class.
It's a good story.
A tale as old as time, if you will.