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As audience members slowly filed into the Casino du Liban theater, trumpet, flute, clarinet, and cello players tuned their instruments haphazardly.The story of the Disney version of this story is, by now, known by many. An arrogant young prince and his castle's servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who transforms him into the hideous Beast. The only thing that will free him is learning to love and to be loved in return. Belle's history is colored with stories of her mother, which was also absent from the Disney movie.While quietly chilling, the Beast's aggression and fear – expressed as a roar of angry despair that echoed through the hall – was probably his strongest quality.Soulful as the song is, it failed to convince the house that the Beast had discovered the secret to being human again and that his compassionate nature was blooming forth."Beauty and the Beast" promises to be a spectacle and a spectacle is what it is. "Beauty and the Beast" is up at the Casino du Liban theater through Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday only) and 8:30 p.m.
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