DRURY LANE THEATRE - Chicago
Director Alan Souza has packed the new Drury Lane production with a feast of sumptuous dazzle.
There are real emotional stakes on the Oakbrook Terrace stage.
Souza’s cast knows how to bring down the house and deliver on the smaller moments, too.
Catey Sullivan, Chicago Sun-Times
Director Alan Souza and his creative team deliver a refreshingly original vision, giving the talented cast space to breathe new life into familiar characters. The result is a beautifully designed, thoughtfully staged, and strongly acted fairy tale that should delight.
As Souza observes in his director’s note: Beauty and the Beast is about the power of learning to see past surface differences and find true community in our common humanity. It’s a beautiful message to embrace, now as much as ever, and this production makes the journey thoroughly entertaining, moving, and ultimately uplifting.
Emily McClanahan, Broadway World