A bevy of tired princesses were carried up the aisle of the Paramount on the final night of Beauty and the Beast.
Excitable small girls, some of them obviously not yet in kindergarten, dotted the nearly packed rows for this “extra” performance. Originally scheduled to open last Tuesday, the musical’s caravan of five trucks of scenery and costumes failed to make it across the mountains in time.
Those holding tickets for the canceled performance were switched to this final, packed night in Seattle. Although this was the end, rather than the start, of the run, the cast gave a high energy performance from opening curtain to the final, traditional Seattle standing ovation.
Logan Denninghoff as the muscular cad Gaston earned the most laughs throughout the evening, being not only pitch perfect in his routines but also showing a terrific comic flair with all his interactions with his minion Lefou, Andrew Kruep. Although one small tot did demand to know why Gaston was such a bad man to his friend!
Emily Behny was a perfectly charming but fiesty belle, battling and then dancing with the big Beast (Dane Agostinis).
As the show’s servant chorus, Julia Louise Hosack, Michael Haller, and James May proved a solid trio as Mrs. Potts, Luimiere, and Cogsworth. In a departure from the animated film, the feather duster Babette (Chandon Jones) not only got a larger part but flashed a decidingly sexy costume complete with garters.
Next At Paramount
The next Broadway show due at the Paramount is the pop-tastic Mama Mia! Since the production is driving north from California, snow in the mountains should not be a factor. Expect this collection of hit tunes to hit the Seattle stage on March 20.
A trio of Broadway belles will be bringing their individual shows to the STG theaters this spring too: Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon) on April 13 at the Moore, Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked as well as TV hits such as Glee and the new GCB) on May 9 at the Paramount, and Idina Menzel (Wicked) on June 2 at the Paramount.