Drury Lane's Beauty and the Beast revival is showing its age


An attempt both to transcend repetition and please audiences results in a show that won’t fully satisfy anyone.

The Disney folks are brilliant at repackaging. Hence a hit 1991 animated musical feature, with songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, about a bookish young woman who saves an enchanted prince by falling in love with him, has become an array of action figures, a line of clothing and costumes, countless fashion accessories, a 1994 live version for Broadway (with additional songs by Menken and Tim Rice), a “junior” version for high school and middle school productions, a 2017 live-action movie starring Harry Potter alum Emma Watson, and so on.…

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