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The Beauty and the Beast - Musical Budapest Operetta Theater

Venue: Budapest Operetta Theater

 
Budapest, Nagymező u. 17, 1065 Hungary
 
 
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Composer: Alan Menken

Act I

On a cold winter night, an old beggar woman comes upon a glorious castle belonging to a young prince. She asks the master of the castle to allow her to stay the night, away from the cold, and in return she will give him a single rose, but the prince is vain and uncaring and turns her away solely for her appearance. As he does this, she warns him not to be fooled by appearances, as true beauty lies within, only to be rejected again. Seeing his horrible heart for what it truly is, she transforms into a beautiful enchantress and turns the prince into a hideous Beast and his servants into various household objects. She gives him the rose to use as an hour-glass. The only way he can break the spell is to learn to love another and earn her love in return by the time the last petal falls.

10 years later, a beautiful young woman named Belle makes her way into town one morning in order to get a book from the local book seller. On the way she expresses her wish to live in a world like her books, full of adventure, while the townspeople note her unparalleled beauty but find her love of books odd (“Belle”). Belle has also attracted the attentions of Gaston (the local hunter and town hero) who admires her only for her beauty and not her intelligence.

Belle, however, is not oblivious to her peers’ views of her. She voices her concerns about it to her father, Maurice, an eccentric inventor. He assures his daughter that she is anything but strange ("No Matter What"). The two then put the finishing touches on his invention and Maurice heads off to an invention fair donning a scarf knitted for him by Belle ("No Matter What (Reprise)"). In the woods, Maurice becomes lost when a pack of wolves attacks him; he finds his way to a mysterious castle on the edge of the Crossroads and enters. The servants of the castle include Lumière, a maître d' turned into a candelabra, Cogsworth, the head of household turned into a clock, Babette, a maid turned into a feather duster that still seems to retain her flirtatious tendencies, Mrs. Potts, the head of the kitchen turned into a tea pot, and Chip, the son of Mrs. Potts. They welcome him, but the horrid Beast arrives and orders Maurice to be locked away in the dungeon for trespassing.

Back in town, Gaston proposes to Belle, which she politely rejects ("Me"). Appalled by Gaston’s forwardness, Belle once again voices her need for a life outside this provincial one ("Belle (Reprise)"). Gaston's sidekick, LeFou, returns from the woods wearing the scarf Belle knitted for Maurice. Belle realizes her father is in danger and heads into the woods to look for him. She ends up at the castle where she finds her father locked away in a dungeon. She makes a deal with the Beast, Maurice goes free but she remains instead. They agree and Maurice is sent back to town without being allowed to say goodbye. Belle is given a guest room and ordered by the Beast to join him for dinner. She mourns her situation ("Home"), but Mrs. Potts and Madame de la Grande Bouche, an operatic wardrobe, attempt to cheer her up ("Home (Reprise)").

Back in town, at the local tavern, Gaston sulks at his loss of a bride. LeFou and the patrons attempt to cheer him up ("Gaston"), when Maurice rushes in claiming a Beast has Belle locked away, they laugh at him but Gaston formulates a plan ("Gaston (Reprise)"). Back at the castle, the Beast grows impatient as Belle has yet to join him for dinner. Cogsworth informs him she refuses to come, after a shouting match between Belle and the Beast (which ends in a victory for Belle) he tells her if she cannot eat with him then she will not eat at all. In his quarters, he sulks and notes his fate should the spell not break ("How Long Must This Go On?"). Eventually Belle does become hungry and ventures into the kitchen where the servants offer her dinner despite their master’s orders. They treat her to an amazing cabaret show ("Be Our Guest").

After dinner, Belle gets a tour of the castle courtesy of Cogsworth and Lumière, her curiosity leads her to enter the West Wing, a place the Beast told her was forbidden. Mesmerized by a mysterious rose floating in a bell jar, she reaches out to touch it but before she can, the Beast stops her and orders her to get out accidentally shoving her in the process. Fearing for her life, Belle flees from the castle. Realizing his deadly mistake, the Beast knows he will be a monster forever if he cannot learn to love her ("If I Can't Love Her").

Act II

In the woods, Belle is attacked by wolves and is only rescued when the Beast comes to her aid, but he is injured during the fight and collapses. Instead of taking the chance to run home Belle helps him back to the castle. She cleans his injuries and after a brief argument about whose fault this is, the Beast thanks her for her kindness and thus their friendship is born. Wanting to give her a thank-you gift, the Beast gives Belle his huge library, which excites her. She notes a change in the Beast’s personality as the servants note a change in Belle and the Beast’s relationship ("Something There"). They express their hope of being human once more ("Human Again") while Belle asks the Beast to accompany her to dinner that night.

Back in the village, Gaston meets with the asylum owner Monsieur D'Arque. They plan to lock Maurice away to blackmail Belle into marrying Gaston ("Maison des Lunes"). In the castle, the Beast and Belle attend a lovely dinner and personal ball, where they dance together in the ballroom ("Beauty and the Beast"). After, the Beast (who plans to tell Belle he loves her) asks her if she is happy here, she responds positively but notes that she misses her father. He offers her his Magic Mirror to view him. She sees that Maurice is sick and lost in the woods and fears for his life. Even though The Beast knows there is only a few hours left till the last petal falls from the rose. He allows Belle to leave in order to save her father, she departs after a tearful goodbye ("If I Can’t Love Her (Reprise)").

Belle finds her father and brings him back to their house in the village. After she is able to nurse him back to health, she explains the transformation she seems to have gone through while she was with the Beast ("A Change in Me"). A mob arrives, led by Gaston to take Maurice to the asylum. Belle proves her father's sanity by showing the townspeople the Beast is real using the Magic Mirror, but doesn’t realize the error in her gesture. The townspeople immediately fear the Beast, but Belle insists he's gentle and kind. Gaston catches her tone and recognizes the Beast as his rival for Belle's affections and organizes the mob to kill the Beast ("The Mob Song").

At the castle, the servants are able to keep the lynch mob at bay but Gaston breaks through and finds the Beast in his tower. He engages in a fight with him, mercilessly beating and taunting him. The Beast has lost the will to live at Belle's departure. As Gaston moves in for the killing blow, Belle arrives. The Beast immediately turns on Gaston and is prepared to kill him, but spares his life after seeing the fear in his eyes. The Beast and Belle are reunited, but this reunion is cut short as Gaston plunges his dagger into the Beast’s back. This act of violence causes Gaston to lose his footing and he falls to his death.

On the balcony, Belle assures the Beast he will live but they both know she is helpless to save him. She begs him not to leave her because she has found home in his company ("Home (Reprise II)"), but despite this, he dies; Belle sobs on his body and says she loves him just before the last rose petal falls. A transformation takes place and the Beast is alive and human once more. Though Belle does not recognize him at first, she looks into his eyes and sees the Beast within and they kiss. The two sing of how their lives have changed because of love and they dance once more as the company, now changed back to their human form, gathers in the ballroom ("Transformation/Finale").

 
Program details
 

Cast    
    
Zsolt Homonnay | The Beast    
Szilveszter Szabó P. | The Beast    
Sándor Barkóczi | The Beast    
Bernadett Vágó | Belle    
Kitty Jenes |Belle    
Attila Németh | Gaston    
Normand Szentmártoni | Gaston    
Tibor Oláh | Lefou    
László Sánta | Lefou    
Gábor Petróczi | Lefou    
András Csonka | Lumière, the candelabra    
Ádám Bálint | Lumière, the candelabra    
Balázs Angler | Lumière, the candelabra    
Tamás Földes | Cogsworth, the clock    
Ottó Magócs | Cogsworth, the clock    
Lilla Polyák | Mrs Potts, the teapot    
Andrea Szulák | Mrs Potts, the teapot    
Veronika Nádasi | Mrs Potts, the teapot    
Dániel Paál | Chip    
Félix Horváth |Chip    
Ágota Siménfalvy | Madame de la Grande Bouche    
Ildikó Sz. Nagy | Madame de la Grande Bouche    
Edit Vörös |Babette    
Mara Kékkovács | Babette    
Zsuzsi Vágó | Babette    
Lajos Csuha | Maurice    
Attila Bardóczy | Maurice    
Attila Pálfalvy | Monsieur D'Arque    
Tibor Oláh | Monsieur D'Arque    
Ottó Magócs | Monsieur D'Arque    
Tamás Kocsis |Monsieur D'Arque

Authors    
    
Alan Menken | Composer    
Howard Ashman | Lyricist    
Tim Rice | Lyricist    
Linda Woolverton | Book    
Miklós-Gábor Kerényi - KERO® | Hungarian text    
Szilárd Somogyi | Hungarian text    

Creators    
    
László Makláry | Conductor    
István Silló | Musical Director    
Árpád Ernst | Movements    
Merlini David | Visual effects    
Sándor Lőrincz | Scenic Designer    
Zoltán Kiss Gulyás | Fight Director    
Erika Szabó | Assistant to the Choreographer    
Bea Nagy | Assistant to the Director    
László Rogács | Master of play    
István Rózsa | Set Designer    
Erzsébet Túri | Costume Designer    
Péter Somfai | Lighting Designer    
Éva Duda | Choreographer    
György Böhm | Director    

 

 
Venue
 
Budapest Operetta Theater
 

Budapesti Operettszínház - The Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre

 

History



Until the beginning of World War I. the building housed an orpheum bar. When the war broke out "the palace of entertainment" closed, marking the end of the golden age of the orpheum. This is meant the end of what was later nostalgically called "the happy times of peace."

In 1923 the city of Budapest decided to give the genre of operetta a home of its own. With the opening of the Metropolitan Operetta Theatre the Hungarian capital saw the beginning of the "silver operetta" period by giving a new and permanent home to the genre after Népszínház and Király Színház. In the history of the theatre the most important thing was to cherish the traditions of the classic operetta while enriching it with modern artistic solutions. Next to Vienna Budapest is the other capital of the operetta and anyone who comes to our theatre can see the high quality of the genre represented here.

The theatre has had such legendary artists in the ensemble as Hanna Honthy, Marika Németh, Zsuzsa Petress, Anna Zentai, Kamill Feleki, Kálmán Latabár, Sándor Németh, Róbert Rátonyi or János Sárdy.


Building


The Operetta Theatre's present house was built after the plans of the famous Viennese architect-duo Fellner and Helmer in 1894. The spacious stage of the main auditorium were surrounded by intimate booths in a half-circle on both sides, while a dance floor ensured enough room for the waltz, polka, mazurka and the galopp. Its decorative winter garden housed the most exquisite French restaurant, while on the street front a concert café was opened.

In 1966 the building was rearranged, whereby the inner architecture and rooms were changed to a great extent. Between 1999 and 2001 it was completely refurbished. The most modern European stage technology was built in and the beautiful original decoration was regained along with the balcony row of the auditorium.

Today the theatre has 901 seats in an air-conditioned auditorium.

The former objects which remained in the building - lamp statues and columns keeping the row of boxes - are in perfect harmony with the new colourful glass windows, the mirrors, the period furniture of the buffet and the wooden floor.

The auditorium is lit by a hundred-year old chandelier. The row of boxes, the golden stuccos, the walls dressed in velvet and the allegorical statuettes decorating the entrance elevate your theatre evening into a real feast.

The inner space was designed by Mária Siklós and Gábor Schinagl. The management of the Budapest Operetta Theatre considers it its duty to work as a multifunctional cultural centre in local art and social like in this beautifully refurbished building of old grandeur.


Today

In these days under the direction of Miklós-Gábor Kerényi - KERO®, the Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre consists of two departments, which present classic Hungarian operettas, contemporary Hungarian musicals, and literature or history-based youth oriented pieces. With 500 annual shows and 400 thousand spectators this theatre is the most popular one of Hungary today.

Hungarian operetta playing - its passionate and fiery temper, its virtuoso dances and enchanting visuals - is well-known and acknowledged throughout the world. "There are several music venues in each city, where you can listen to good music, but operetta has only one address: Nagymező street 17, Budapest" - wrote the journal Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, when Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre first presented The Gypsy Princess in Germany. In the last few years Gerard Presgurvic's Romeo and Juliet - based on Shakespeare's world-famous drama - has been the most popular show in Hungary and last year Sylvester Levay's Rebecca - based on Daphne du Maurier's novel - drew the most spectators.

Since the mid-sixties, the theatre's repertoire contains the most popular musical shows as well. Its aim is to present the widest variety of works of Hungarian composers from operetta authors Emmerich Kálmán, Franz Lehár, Pál Ábrahám, Jenő Huszka, Albert Szirmai and Szabolcs Fényes to musical composers Ferenc Jávori, Tibor Kocsák, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Sylvester Levay and Levente Szörényi. Works, such as the Gypsy Princess, Countess Maritza, Gypsy Love, Ball at the Savoy, Baroness Lili, Mike the Magnate, Miss Saigon, Rebecca, Romeo and Juliet, Elisabeth, Mozart!, Abigail, the rock opera With You, Lord!, and the world-musical edition of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.

The creative team of the theatre plays a vital part in staging these works in co-production with the theatres of Saint Petersburg, Bucharest, Yekaterinburg, Prague, Salzburg and Erfurt and its company regularly presents gala shows in several countries in Europe and Asia. In 2011, the theatre won the exclusive rights to play the musical 'The Beauty and the Beast' in Germany (Munich, Cologne, Dresden, Mannheim and Düsseldorf, respectively) and Austria. After the successful Lehár and Lévay singing competitions, the theatre (that has been granted a SuperBrand status this year) is going to organize the Imre Kálmán International Operetta-Musical Conductor Competition in 2012.

The written and the electronic media discuss new premieres and show in their central pages, while commercials and promotion are sponsored by the most significant Hungarian media.

The theatre's leading soloists are real stars, who excel with their achievements and personalities and who enjoy the attention of the media.

CD-d and DVD-s of shows soon become gold and platina albums and DVD-s sell in the thousands.

Tens of thousands of young fans follow the events at the theatre and wait for the actors at the stage door. They analyze and discuss shows on internet forums and are present at every important event, which the theatre e-mails them about.

 
 
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