Review: A Tale as Old as Time, Beauty and the Beast at the Jubilee | By Tylar Hamblett

Broadway Across Canada has brought the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast to Edmonton. Originally a feature film, the story was given the Broadway treatment  21 years ago, much to the delight of audiences everywhere. The story of a man transformed into a beast (namely, the Beast), who must find true love by the time the last petal on an enchanted rose falls and he remains a beast forever, and the girl, Belle, who just might be the one to break the spell.

The production is full of beautiful costumes, lights and set pieces and easily transports the audience into the world Disney created over twenty years ago. From Beast’s transformation scene to the iconic yellow dress Belle wears during the song “Beauty and the Beast” dance scene, it’s if the animated film has jumped onto stage right in front of you.

Jillian Butterfield as Belle and ensemble.
Jillian Butterfield as Belle and ensemble.

Even though the stage show is based upon its namesake Disney film, the entire cast and crew bring their entire hearts and souls into the performance, with new takes on each of the characters that both those young and old can enjoy.

Each performer adds something to the show, whether it be a pun, a song or a heartfelt moment, you can’t help but fall in love with each and every one of them. Highlights include Jillian Butterfield as Belle, who is able to portray a girl in love with books, her father, and even the Beast with grace and ease. Samuel Shurtleff as Lumière and Brent Wakelin as Cogsworth are a dual force to be reckoned with and bring humour and heart to their roles.

The enchanted objects, featuring as Cogsworth (far left) and as Lumiere (centre).
The enchanted objects, featuring Wakelin as Cogsworth (far left) and Shurtleff as Lumiere (centre).

There is something for everyone in this classic broadway performance: humor, beautiful set design, and of course a love story as old as time.


Beauty and the Beast will be performing at the the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium until February 15th.


Photography courtesy of Matthew Murphy and Bottom Line Productions Inc.

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