Beauty and the Beast has been a world success after Disney made the movie in 1991 based on the French book, La Belle et la Bête, written by Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740.
Giving a brief synopsis, Beauty and the Beast is a story of a prince who is bewitched and becomes a beast for his hostile and selfish nature. To become a human again, he must conquer Bella, a wonderful young lady who Beast locked in his castle in exchange for the liberation of her father.
Several types of adaptations have been made, such as songs, television series, movies, and musicals. The first musical adaptation of this story was Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast in 1994, and from this moment, several theatrical houses from the entire world would recreate this beautiful masterpiece. Germany, Australia, England, Japan, Spain and more, have had the chance to vocalize this amazing story and Italy has not been the exception either.
Beauty And The Beast Italian Musical
Italy releases La Bella e la Bestia in October 2009 in the National Theatre of Milan, which was fully restored for the musical. This was produced by Stage Entertainment, a Dutch agency that landed in Italy and performed in Milan for 8 months. Then, the musical moved to Brancaccio Theatre in Rome and finished in May 2011 with more than 500 performances. The cast was composed of the star performances of Arianna as Belle, Michel Altieri as Beast, Andrea Croci as Gaston and more. The musical was directed by Glen Casale, who is known for directing several European versions of Beauty and the Beast.
There is also an album, released in 2010, where you can appreciate the voices of the Italian cast singing the songs of this incredible musical. The song “A Change in Me” was even added to the album even though it is not included in the original Broadway cast.
3 years later, Italy would be part of the world tour of the musical Beauty and the Beast in2014 for its 20th anniversary.
The tour opened in Zorlu Center in Istanbul, and closed in January 2016 in World Trade Center in Dubai. The 20th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast arrived in Italy between November26 and December 7 at the Rossetti Theatre in Trieste in 2014. Then they would move to Milan.
Currently, the story of Beauty and the Beast Resurfaced by the recent film made by director Bill Condon in 2017. Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson and more, this live action remake managed to reach 1.260 million dollars worldwide, making it the 10th most successful movie of all time, and the first successful movie of 2017.
As a curious piece of information, the Italian television network Rai 1teamed with the Spanish channel Telecinco to broadcast a mini-series of two episodes in 2015 of Beauty and the Beast, starring Blanca Suarez as Bella and Alessandro Preziosi as Prince León/Beast. This production was recorded entirely in English and located in Turin and the Alps.