Courtesy Heidi Raschke
After stopping in the Twin Cities last week, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is on its way to Milwaukee, Chicago, and then Pittsburgh. Iris Eason, 8, of St. Paul, an avid consumer of fairy tales in all genres, had plenty to say—and lots of questions—about the Broadway musical when she took her mom (Heidi Raschke) to see it at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.
In a nutshell: “I liked it.”
The Orpheum: “This theater is very old, but very beautiful."
The sets: “It looked real.”
The singing: “It sounded exactly like the characters that sing in the movie. They added some songs.”
What’s funny: “Gaston was funny. Lumiere was funny. What was the clock’s name again? He was stubborn. They should have called Cogsworth Clocksworth because he’s a clock. I mean, they should have called him that for his nickname. I liked the wardrobe. She was cool and funny. She kept on talking about her dress and being a star and performing in front of the king.”
Stagecraft: “I wonder how they made Mrs. Potts’ arm stay like that. They made it thicker. How’d they make Chip happen? He was just a head. For one part he was on a tray and someone was carrying the tray. Maybe they put a suit on him that blended in. Chip does not make any sense! How did they do Chip?!”
Beauty: “Belle was pretty.”
The trouble with the prince: “His hair was curly at the beginning and straight at the ending—and long. He was a beast, so his looks as a prince wouldn’t change—only his beast body would change! I liked him better with curly hair.”