“Tale as old as time” perfectly describes this musical and I can’t think of one person that hasn’t watched this classic Disney movie, or most recently the remake in 2017. Beauty and the Beast at Damascus Theatre Company under the direction of Lee Michele Rosenthal and musical direction by Marci Shegogue will leave you feeling magical and uplifted, however there are a few bumps along the path. I must admit,
Nubia will never die! And Baltimore’s own ArtsCentric is making sure of this is a known fact in their production of Aida, with music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang. Kevin S. McAllister, Cedric D. Lyles, and Shalyce N. Hemby skillfully band together to bring a first-rate rendition of this timeless love story.
Tale as old as time. Executing a Disney stage musical is always a tricky endeavor because one is competing with decades of iconic memories perfected and preserved in flawless animation. Even the best of the Disney stage shows suffer from the same stock problems: primarily easy to animate but difficult to stage scenes, added music significantly less stellar than the original scores, and inflated books from stretching the perfectly tailored 97-minute movie to two and a half hours of stage time.