Fairy tales do come true in Walt Disney Studios’ new $160 million remake-extravaganza “Beauty & the Beast,” playing for a final week at The Harbor Theatre.
“Beauty and the Beast” re-tells Disney’s 1991 animated classic with additional original music and several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fairy-tale story of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle.
Despite her fears, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true prince within.
The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar winner Kevin Kline stars as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad plays Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.
Eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.
“Beauty & the Beast” is rated PG and runs 129 minutes. It plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 through Saturday, April 1; Wednesday, April 5; and Thursday, April 6.
For more information, call 633-0438 or go to facebook.com/harbortheatre or harbortheatre.net. The Harbor Theatre is located at 185 Townsend Ave., at the junction of Routes 27 and 96, in Boothbay Harbor, across from Hannaford Supermarket.