By its nature a touring production is generally not as elaborate as one settling into a location for a more lengthy run than a few weeks, but being familiar with the latter it's hard to get the preconceived notions out of my head. Additionally I am intimately familiar with the music on the Broadway cast recording, so the first thing that hit me was the lack of lush and full sound in the overture. With a grand total of 6 strings (2 each of violin, cello and bass), 2 brass (trumpet and French horn), 6 reeds, keyboards, and percussion in the pit, there's just no competing with the larger orchestra that would have been used in studio. Next up was the different narrator in the "Prologue". The haunting voice and ending vocal sneer at "for who could ever learn to love...a Beast?" was sorely lacking.
|The village set|
|various portals during rehearsal including colourful books|
|Be Our Guest number |
|Emily as Belle|
|L: Costume on Broadway |
R: Costume similar to tour
The brown velour type material looked a bit tacky, and I think a larger real clock portion could have helped. However, James May was a great Cogsworth.
|Michael as Lumiere |
|Matt as Gaston |
|Dance in the bar (toronto.broadwayworld.com)|
|The lovely Emily as Belle and Dane as the Beast|
|Dane as the Beast |
In conclusion I'm glad Dancap had the show stop in Toronto and I'm glad I took the opportunity to see it. If the rumours I've heard are true that Dancap isn't going to continue next season, their contribution to the Toronto theatre scene will be sorely missed.