Beauty And The Beast The Musical At The IU Auditorium

Beauty and the Beast opened Tuesday night, with seven additional songs and real actors playing all those cartoon characters from the film.

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Beauty and the Beast

With music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice


IU Auditorium

March 2nd – 4th at 7:30 p.m.

IU Auditorium

Broadway Comes To Bloomington

The version of Beauty and the Beast at the IU Auditorium is the same as the Broadway show. It’s based on the Disney movie, but boasts seven additional songs and, of course, real actors playing all those cartoon characters.

The show has plenty of special effects, and lots of clever scene changes. Its various sets range from the whimsical home of the villagers to the scary depths of the forest and even to the magical interior of the Beast’s castle.

Beauty and the Beast is essentially a humorous show. There are quite a few frightening moments, but those are brief and safe. And at the end of the day, a thought or two has come through about the transforming power of love and care.

The Cast

Liz Shivener was effective as the heroine, bookish Belle.  Nathaniel Hackmann was a delight as the boastful muscle bound Gaston with poor Michael Fatica as Lefou, his frequent punching bag.

Of the castle characters my favorite was Keith Kirkwood as the clock, but Sabina Petra as the Mrs. Potts and Keith Kirkwood as the candelabra more than filled the roles that we’ve come to know so well from the cartoon. Justin Glaser was a sympathetic beast.

Accommodating A Younger Audience

Unlike many shows at the IU Auditorium, Beauty and the Beast begins at seven-thirty. Its audience includes a number of members who need booster seats or laps. Despite the early start, they stay up way past their bed times. A few heads may yet droop by the time the final curtain closes, but it’s a tribute to the show that it held their attention throughout.

Indiana University Graduates Join The Orchestra

The show’s orchestra includes two Indiana University graduates, the conductor, Carolyn Violi and reed player Ryan Claus. Although Claus did his college work in Bloomington, Violi is claimed by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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