What’s On previews Beauty And The Beast in Abu Dhabi by telling you all about the Broadway production in the UAE, and interviewing Belle (Hilary Maiberger).
To say that Beauty And The Beast is a classic is a bit of an understatement. From October 30, the show transfers from New York’s famous Broadway to Abu Dhabi. Based on the 1991 Disney film, the show ranks as one of the longest-running and highest-grossing Broadway performances of all time.
Ahead of the run, we spoke with Belle, played by Hilary Maiberger.
There are so many wonderful elements to Belle’s character. She is strong, hopeful, loving, and has a sense of adventure. She’s a typical teenage girl, trying to figure out how she fits into the world. That’s one of the amazing things about playing her – I was a version of her when I was 16 years old, so I can relate to her and I hope others can too. She is a strong woman and I love to represent that on stage.
I was ten years old when my mum took me and my two sisters to see Beauty And The Beast on stage in Los Angeles. It was my first musical experience and I loved everything about it. And now it’s so exciting for me to be able to play the lead role in this production years later.
The cast gets tired of flying around the world on tour but we never get tired of performing. This is such a rare opportunity so we make the most of it. It is great to be able to spend a few weeks in these fantastic destinations, and be exposed to all these different cultures.
Every city we perform in is different. Sometimes audiences are loud and engaging, other times they are quieter. We are always excited to arrive to a new city and see what the audience response to this original Broadway production will be. We hope the audience in Abu Dhabi like it.
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And if that hasn’t enticed you, just look what goes in to one the production….
59 People travelling with the production, including 30 cast, two parents, 12 crew, 11 musicians, two merchandise staff, and two management staff
1 Song cut from the Disney film but which has been restored for the musical
6 Original songs written for the musical
81 Wigs used in the show
580 Costume pieces used in the production
67 LED lights on the magic mirror
1,700 Weight in pounds of the West Wing set piece
October 30, 31, November 1, 6, 7, 8
– Oct 30: 8.30pm
– Oct 31: 2pm and 8.30pm
– Nov 1: 8.30pm
– Nov 6: 8.30pm
– Nov 7: 8.30pm
– Nov 8: 2pm and 8.30pm
Du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 8.30pm, Dhs150. Tel: (800) 86823. Taxi: Du Forum. ticketmaster.ae
*All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the tickets is fill in the form above before Wednesday October 29, at 4.30pm. Usual terms and conditions apply.