Written, produced, and directed by Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham, and Bonni Cohen. Based on the book by Lynn H. Nicholas. Narrated by Joan Allen. Not rated. 117 minutes. Opens Friday at Shaker Square.
So you're a grinch this holiday season: You're sick of Santa, fed up with Christmas carols, and tired of hearing those annoying Salvation Army bells. The Beck Center for the Arts feels your pain. For the third straight year, the theater continues its tradition of opening the holiday-free Beauty and the Beast tonight. The classic Disney piece tells the tale of a charming prince who falls under a wicked spell that turns him into a grotesque monster. To break the curse, he must earn the love of a hot village girl or remain a beast forever. The Beck cast has latched onto the show's appeal and asked the four leading actors to reprise their roles. "All the things you loved about the last few years are still there, but there's a new energy," says actress Natalie Green, who plays Belle the Beauty. "This is a talented group who bring a lot to the table." Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, December 30, at the Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Avenue. Tickets are $10 to $28. Call 216-521-2540 or visit www.beckcenter.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Nov. 30. Continues through Dec. 30, 2007